My Next Race
(One of my dearest friends, Christy, and me crossing the finish line of my first marathon! She got me through the end!)
I love making fitness goals for myself and I also love a good challenge. I thrive on it.
One of the things I missed most during pregnancy was running races. I ran throughout my entire pregnancy but it doesn’t compare to running a race. I love the adrenaline rush I get before it, the crowd, the camaraderie of the other runners, and the feeling of crossing a finish line. So I can’t wait to get started training for another race.
I have decided to target the Monster Dash Half Marathon here in Chicago. I have never run this race before so that is already exciting for me. The other good thing is that this race has a half marathon, 10K, and a 5K. So if I realize early on in my training that I just need more time to recover then I can try for a shorter distance. But why not make this a little more challenging and go for the half?!
I will have about 3 months to train for this, assuming my doctor clears me for running again at my 6 week follow up appointment. I will have to start off slow mostly to prevent an injury. The last thing I want to do is get started running and injure myself right away.
This same logic applies to a lot of things really – whether you are recovering from labor like me, recovering from an injury, or just starting back up after some time off for awhile. There are some things you should do in order to prevent yourself getting injured. Give your body a little prep and TLC before starting up a training program or any exercise and your body will thank you.
Here are the things I plan to do before getting started on my new training plan. These are good tips for anyone to follow who has had some significant time off:
- Strengthening my hips. I wrote a post about this not too long ago but I need to make sure my hips are ready. They went through a lot during pregnancy, or mostly during labor. Your hips are a key component to keeping the rest of your body strong. They also help prevent injury in your legs and knees. So I have already started doing strengthening exercises and will continue to do them for a few weeks before getting started.
- Working my quads. Every person’s body is different and I have found that when my quads are strong, I am a better runner. I am sure this is true for most people. So I will be doing a lot of lunges (maybe even with some weights) and wall sits in preparation for my training runs. I might throw in some good squats too!
- Foam roll. This is another crucial step for preventing injury. If you don’t have one already, I highly suggest you purchase a foam roller. They are good to use all the time and I particularly focus on my IT bands since I have injured those before. I will foam roll before training runs and after. It’s really important – and it’s like your own personal massage!
Hopefully, doing all these things will prevent me from getting injured and put me on the road to a great first race since having a baby! I am excited for the journey of it and I’m sure you will be hearing more. In my next blog, I will post my training plan I’m going to use.
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.