Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Making Plans

Apparently mentioning the potential of getting hit on by a yoga instructor is something that peaks a lot of your interests. I got quite a few emails and comments, most of which asked me if he was cute. The answer? Yes. I also liked how some of you had opinions of whether or not he was actually flirting. I'm still not so sure, but either way it was kind of nice to have a cute guy come up and talk to me. That's rarely, if ever, a bad thing.

I also really appreciate how encouraging you've all been as I've started running again. I know I've got a ways to go before I can crank it up, but it feels really good to be hitting up the gym again. I don't even mind the treadmill so much. I'm just glad to be moving. Granted, my running doesn't feel quite as fluid right now as it usually does. It's also not coming as easily as I would like, but I think within a few more weeks I should start feeling an improvement.

I want to start using the Jillian Michaels Shred DVD more often. I did Level 1 on Friday.. not only was it hard to last the 20 minutes, but I'm also just now getting past the soreness it left me with. I know that my core has gotten pretty soft during my inactive 2 months, and I think the DVD could help me tone it up a bit. I'll post more on what I think about the DVD when I've had a chance to do it more often and see if I notice any changes to my body.

I know we're closing in rapidly on the month of March, but beginning to run and work out again makes me feel like I'm at the beginning of a new year. I have decided that other than a 5K or 10K in a month or two, I probably won't do any longer races until I run the 10-Miler in June that I've run the past 3 years. I can't miss that one! I figure within a month or two I should be ok to start adding some real mileage, and then I can really train to try to PR at the 10-Miler. I've always just run it for fun after running the Nashville Half or Full, so it might be neat to really make this race one where I try to reach a new goal.

After that? Marathon training. I really want to PR at Chicago, and so far my research is giving me tons of insight. I hope to develop the perfect training plan over the coming months as I dig and read more.

It looks like it'll be a lighter year for racing (of course, I'll run some shorter races throughout the year!). Even still.... I think it's going to be a good year. I have some big goals for the races I am going to run, and I'm looking forward to reaching them.


aron said...

it IS going to be a good year :)

i was so sore after my first shred session, but wasn't so bad after that. i havent done it in a couple weeks but need to tonight!

Eric said...

keep up the good work you are going to to do find

Chic Runner said...

Those shred DVDs kill me too! :) You are going to do great and it's going to be a great year!

d.a.r. said...

You sound SOOO happy when you talk about running and training! I am thrilled for you that you get to race and train again. I can't wait to hear how your road to Chicago goes!

Nicole said...

I agree, 09 is gonna be a great year!

After I did shred the first time, i was totally DEAD.

What kind of PR are you looking for in Chicago? Let me know, maybe we can work on it together!!

Running and living said...

Building your core up is going to be super helpful with running. It's nice you have patience with yourself, and are able to set concrete yet realistic goals to help transition from shorter to longer distance. Very smart:) Ana-Maria

*One Step at a Time* said...

Aww I think you should go back to the gym for some more yoga!! Now that's some motivation!

Congrats on your running progress :)