Running post babies

Good Morning my friends! I hope your Monday went well and that your week is moving along well. If not, maybe some running talk will lift your spirits : )

This morning I want to share with you my official training plan for the 2015 MCM. My training plan is a mix between a plan written by the wonderful McMillan Coaches and some tweaks added in from me. Since I am a Certified RRCA Running Coach, I like to create my own training plans. However, just as a surgeon shouldn’t operate on themselves, I reached out to the experts! After all, this will be my first post- partum marathon, and I want to be sure to do it right!

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My key sessions are Tuesday through Friday. This is because I love having my weekends for my family and friends. In addition, my Mondays are pretty busy with work. This is not to say that I won’t be running on the weekends, it just means they won’t be spent doing long runs.

This week is all about building endurance and cross training. Next week is a cut back on miles and a bit easier due to my big move to the beach and hubby being gone…meaning all things home related falls on my shoulders. As I am about to share, my current season of my life is not about reaching my ultimate goal of a sub 3 marathon (one day!) but instead, it is about seeing where I am after having two children in the last 2 years : ) Then work from that to get my sub 3! I have a lot of work to get there.

It’s easy to look back now and think — what did I used to do with all my time before having children??? How did I not have perfect training cycles? How was I not more focused or faster or any of those other things that seem so unobtainable now? Easy to think about how fast I should have or could have been…

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My half marathon PR 1:34:49

But at the end of the day, at least for me…running is just running.  It adds structure to my week, it is my favorite form of stress relief and meditation, and brings me lots of joy! I can’t imagine a life without running and hope I never have to. But I’m not paid to do it and it’s not my only focus.

Currently, my children are my focus. My husband’s military career is my focus. My passion on helping others overcome their struggles and live a full healthy life, is my focus (I’m a Recovery Coach and an aspiring eating disorder specialist).

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But I would be lying if I didn’t say how much I look forward to my runs and get super excited for my training. So far, training for my upcoming marathon has provided me with a chance to finally feel like me again. The Jenn that can dig deep and work hard. The persevering Jenn that I love so much.

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Okay, off to get some work done and then some packing. Have a great day!

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