In three months, I hit a new decade. I am not really having any angst about turning 40, but I do want to hit my 40s in great shape. My 30s were hard on my body. I spent much of that time trying to get pregnant, pregnant, or nursing. I looked like this twice:
36 weeks with Jones
36 weeks with Shoo
I went for months without running, I fought postpartum depression with Jones, I didn’t sleep more than two hours in a row for YEARS (thanks, Jones), and at one point I lived on five foods (rice, turkey, pears, sweet potatoes, and avocado) as we tried to figure out what Shoo was allergic too.
In the last few years, I’ve started to get my body back. I’ve trained for and run 2 marathons, 5 half marathons and many shorter races. I eat healthy most of the time. I’m at an ok weight for my body, with incredibly strong legs. In fact, I look pretty good:
But I want to see how much stronger and faster I can get.
To that end, I plan to:
- Cross train – I plan to spend some time with Jillian and maybe with P90x and if that doesn’t seem to float my boat, I’ll head back to the gym.
- Do some speedwork, despite loathing hot weather running.
- Eat “cleaner”. It’s the time of year when fresh vegetables and fruit are everywhere. I plan to take advantage of that. I will not, however, completely give up beer.
I’m kicking off my speed program with the Virtual “Rock Your Socks” 10K. I’m not expecting a PR, but I think it will be a great way to judge where I am now. Along the way, I’ll be joining TMB for the Crossroads 17.75k, hitting up some 5ks for speedwork and to check my improvement along the way, and finishing it all at the Clarendon Day 10K in September to see how I’ve improved.
Hit me up with your favorite DVD or favorite speed workout. I can use all the help I can get! If anyone else wants to join me, I’m happy to link you when I do updates. Let me know. (And don’t forget to sign up for my giveaway before next week.)