Monday, March 7, 2016

Training for Life

A couple of people have asked me about my upcoming race calendar, and right now, that calendar is pretty empty. That is by design. I decided not to do a number of races this spring. The only thing officially on the calendar is a corporate 5k in April, but that is more about hanging out with co-workers than a race I really care about. While I don't have a lot on the calendar, it doesn't mean I am not training.

Right now I am training for life. I mentioned in my new years post that this year my goal is to find some balance and feel less crazy. For a number of reasons, racing has been making me crazy lately. I always think it will be a great idea and then race day gets here and I regret it. (Often because I have not gotten nearly enough sleep the night before, but that is a whole other post.) So for the next few months, I am not training for a race, but training for life.

After I had E, I was really focused on getting back into running. I did run, but I never got back to training more holistically. I would strength train and cross train for a bit and then something would come up and it was back to just running. Now it is time to focus on fitness as a whole and not just running.

The next few months are about focusing on strength and fitness. I am hoping to drop a little weight and be really ready to take on racing in the fall (hopefully a half). Most importantly, this type of training helps me focus on balance. Fewer things on the calendar and not having to worry about packets and travel and childcare is what I am all about for a while.

I am the type of person that wants to do everything and do it all NOW. As anyone with a young child knows, that is not how it works. It is hard for me to say no to racing, but sometimes you need to train for a race and other times you need to train for life.