I originally didn't really have plans to set running goals while pregnant. While I was taking my summer courses, they were obviously my focus and running was just a bonus if I could squeeze it in on the side. But, now that I'm done those courses, I think about how I was training for a half marathon last summer, and how setting running goals made me feel really good.
I kind of get mad when people act like I have to set myself back now that I'm pregnant, but in reality, I'm actually doing that to myself with running while pregnant. If I don't allow myself to setback in other areas, then why not the same for running?
I was a runner before I was pregnant, so my body knows that it can do it while pregnant, as well. And, this was the inspiration for wanting to set my pregnancy running goals. (Ok...maybe Janae had a bit to do with it, as well!)
It's funny because they're actually pretty similar to my running goals from before I was pregnant - aim to run 20 miles a week over 3-4 days.
I already have two amazing accomplishments from setting these running goals within the first week of really focussing on them.
First, I ran 20 miles this week! I did a 4 miler on Tuesday, a 6 miler on Thursday, which leads me to the next amazing accomplishment...
Second, I ran a 10 miler today, which marks my first 10 miler while pregnant!
I was pretty set on running 10 miles today, and I'm just so happy that it actually happened. I'm pretty stubborn, so reaching that 20 mile marker for the week was something I was not really willing to let slide.
I know all weeks won't be 20 milers, but just having that number as guidance each week will give me more of a push to get running, especially on the days when I start coming up with excuses!
I actually ended up running 10 and then walking an additional mile.
I actually don't think I've ever really walked a mile after running either, so that's gotta count as another accomplishment this week, too! I really enjoyed walking the mile after; it allowed me to really cool down and get my body temp back to normal. I think I'll definitely be doing that again!
I wanted to keep my running goals pretty basic, so that way if I don't reach them, then it's no hard feelings. Which is why I think I'll be fine if one week I somehow ran 25 miles and the next it was only 5. I always want to keep running enjoyable, which is the number one reason I started doing it in the first place - because it makes me happy! NOT because of the number of miles I achieve! But let's be honest, 20 miles for the first week did feel pretty nice ;)
If you're a runner, how many miles do you like to try and run a week? OR if you don't go by miles, how many days a week do you like to fit running into your routine?
During summer courses, my typical was 1-2 days a week, but now that I'm out, I'm finding a pattern of between 2 and 4.
What running shoe are you loving right now?!
I absolutely love New Balance running shoes, and I'm currently on the hunt for a new running shoe. I'm not opposed to trying another brand, but right now I really want to get the NB Minimus. Thoughts??