My Fitness Goal for 2015

Three weeks into the new year seems like a good time to set a goal, right?  Eh, better late than never.  This is actually something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now… months, to be exact.  It’s just that once I put it out here, then it’s real.  Once I say it out loud (or type it on the computer), that’ll make me feel a whole lot more accountable than just mulling it over in my head.  The secret will be out.

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My fitness has changed drastically over the last few years.  In 2012, I was running more than I ever had and ran my tenth half marathon (PR-ed, too!).  In 2013, all I wanted was to get pregnant.  In 2014, all I wanted was to have a healthy baby.  I was blessed with a very healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.  However, getting there wasn’t easy.  As you know, I struggled with infertility while trying to get pregnant.

A quick recap of the past few years:  I learned that running was affecting my body, so I cut that out cold turkey.  My cycle resumed to normal.  I continued to workout, and thought things were fine, but I still wasn’t pregnant.  The second month I had my IUI, I stopped working out completely.  That was the month I became pregnant.  I’ll never know if it was the change in medication, the consecutive IUIs, the halt of working out, or just good timing, but I always wonder if the absence of working out contributed to the rest of the factors. Anyway, it’s neither here nor there now.

Four months into my pregnancy is when I felt safe enough to start working out again.  (My doctor gave me the okay after three months, but I was playing it very safe.)  I started walking and eventually began incorporating some light weights.  Swimming quickly became my favorite workout, and I remained fairly active throughout my pregnancy which helped me have a wonderful delivery.

My priorities quickly changed after having baby William. I no longer had time for daily workouts, and I was fine with that.  I had William in the spring, so I started walking outside on a regular basis.  Even though I was moving my body, it wasn’t with a specific goal in mind or to get my “pre-baby” body back.  Truly, it was because I enjoyed the sunshine, it felt nice to get out of the house, and I knew it was healthy to move.  I’ve never been one to sit around all day.

Now, nine months later, thinking about fitness is so different than before.  My body is different than it was before… I’m not saying it’s good or bad, it’s just different.  I’m a lot smaller than I was before I was pregnant, but I feel like a lot of my muscle is gone.  How did I “do it?”  Breast feeding.  I’m not even kidding.  Nursing burns a ton of calories.  Yes, I do eat pretty healthy, but I eat A TON and am hungry almost all day.  It’s fantastic, to be totally honest.  I eat a lot and indulge often and my metabolism is just on fire right now.  I’m so unbelievably astonished at what my body has done.  Shameless brag – stomach shot before bikram yoga from a couple of weeks ago:

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I’m proud of it; no shame there.  Bodies are an incredible thing.  I learned that during my pregnancy, it was confirmed during / after my delivery, and I’m reminded of it everyday.

So my fitness goal for 2015.  That is the point of the post.  And you’ll notice, I wrote my fitness goal for 2015.  Not goals.  That was intentional.  Just one single goal.

RUN.

I want to run again.

I want so badly to run again.  I don’t know how or when or how far or the details, but 2015 is going to be the year I start running again.  It’s been since 2012 and that’s long enough.  I’m glad I stopped for a variety of reasons (WILLIAM!), but I’m ready to begin again.  I’m not setting specific goals because I don’t know the logistics.  I work full-time, William goes to sleep at 6:30 at night, so right now, weekends are looking like my best option.  I’m not sure if I’ll get a jogging stroller and run with William, or find someone to watch him for a short time while I run. The details will work themselves out.

I do know I’ll run a race (at least one).  I love racing.  I love the energy.  I love competing against myself.  I love being among other runners.  I love crossing the finish line.

I’m scared to run again.  It’s been over two years since I last ran.  When I stopped, I was in the best running shape I had ever been in.  I was fast (for me).  I had great endurance (for me).  I was proud of all my runs and races.  Two years later, I’m slightly worried about re-entering the running world.  On the other hand, I know muscles have memory.  I know it will take some time to build back up.  But most importantly, I know I can do it.

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You can do it, Momma!

So that’s it.  That’s my big fitness goal for 2015.  RUN.

What’s your fitness goal for 2015?

30 thoughts on “My Fitness Goal for 2015

  1. I completely hear ya…I am still nervous about running or running to far…but getting back to it has been the best mental thing for me. BUT I’m trying to keep it all in check for myself because TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING IS A BAD THING 🙂 You can do it!

  2. I can imagine it feels a little scary to get back into running after 2 years but starting slowly, you will do just fine! Im sure your body will remember and feel awesome. Now, of course, my focus this year is getting pregnant. I already think about how that will affect fitness in my life but I will do whatever is necessary for my body to be a safe, happy place for a baby. Best of luck for your 2015 goal!

  3. I have learned after 2 pregnancies that my body is capable of anything, really. I am in much better shape than I have ever been and even picked up running when I didn’t really do it much before.

    My goals for this year are also running focused and getting certified as a DVRT instructor!

  4. I love this post! I was a very avid runner and stopped because I wanted to get pregnant and thought my exercising was affecting me. Sure enough, I got pregnant when I stopped. I now have a 5 month old and my goal is to run again but I’m soooo scared! Can you share tips? I don’t even know where to start!!!!!

  5. First off, you look incredible! Secondly, that is a GREAT goal! I feel like I have a similar one since I am coming back from an injury. I am slowly getting back into running, but I want to make sure I stay injury free and get back to a level of fitness and endurance I’m comfortable with. It’s all a process! 🙂

  6. You have the same goal as me! I haven’t been able to run through this pregnancy and I miss it. I really want to RUN and also work on regaining my strength. Until the baby arrives, I’m just in maintenance mode. I love swimming just like you did – I need to go more often!

  7. Pregnancy gave me such a wonderful appreciation of my body. I know that I am stronger than I ever imagined, but in a totally new way than I’ve measured before. Good luck, you can do it!!

  8. Love this post!!! Scary goals are the best goals! I ran A LOT before pregnancy and halfway through, I just couldn’t anymore. it hurt, it was uncomfortable and it was just not worth it.

    After the baby, it took a solid 7-8 months for me to feel semi-normal again when running. Jennie is 10 months old and I am just starting to really feel like myself again when I am out there. The process was frustrating and grueling but I am so happy I didn’t push it before I was ready and risk injury or set-backs. I am excited for your journey back to the road and will be thinking of you!

    PS I am also smaller than before the baby (go breastfeeding)! BUT my muscles (besides my arms from lifting the baby) have peaced out. SAD.

  9. Ahhh, I’m excited for you! It feels good to get back to it when you’ve taken a hiatus for one reason or another. As you know, I’ve totally been there. You’ll figure out how to make it happen. I love that you don’t have any big rules for yourself … that’s what will make it fun! Enjoy!

  10. This is so awesome, Linz! I’m so excited for you!! I know how much you love running, and I’m sure you’ll fall all back in love with it again. And yah, I’m almost positive you’ll be back to where you were, and further, in no time.

  11. I’m trying to get back into running after having my 7 month old. It’s hard because I hate the treadmill and its so darn cold. My husband has been so supportive, as he is a runner and knows how much a good workout affects your mood. When it getswarmer, I plan on running in the morning before he leaves for work, so he can stay home with the baby. Right now, I’m squeezing in occasional runs when I can and he can watch the baby. I’m not comfortable running with a stroller yet, but I’m hoping to get there.

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