Happy Friday!! We have officially (almost) made it through the week!! I know that I personally cannot wait for two entire days off of work in a row. This week feels like it’s been dragging on forever. What does everyone have going on this weekend? Last weekend was so busy with the marathon going on, plus I had a hair appointment, plus Miss H had her 6-month shots, so I’m looking forward to a relatively relaxing weekend. We are ordering pizza for lunch at work today, so I’m planning to cook a healthy dinner with my hubby tonight and RELAX with him and Miss H afterwards. I’m going to do a shake-out run tomorrow at some point then do some super-clean grocery shopping afterwards. My diet has been less-than-ideal lately, and it’s been taking a toll on my energy levels and my waistline. It’s time to plan ahead and make some clean meals for the week. I’m thinking oatmeal, grilled chicken salads, and sweet potatoes will be on the menu– I plan to make a “What I’m Eating This Week” post next week so I’ll update you then. Sunday is my very first Mother’s Day, and I cannot wait to spend it with Miss H and my husband! I have no idea what we are doing yet– we’re last-minute like that– but I’ll be happy as long as we are together. I’m really looking forward to it.
You may or may not remember that I have two half marathons on my schedule coming up in the next month, and I was waiting to see how Pittsburgh went before I decided whether or not I was actually going to do them. Well, Pittsburgh went reasonably well for me (see my recap here) and was actually a good reminder of why I love running in the first place. With a new baby in the picture, running has obviously been on the back burner for me for the past few months. It’s easy to fall out of love with something when you aren’t doing it regularly, and I have to admit that I was falling out of love with running before the Pittsburgh half. Which isn’t a good thing, since running is essentially a necessary therapy for me (read about why I run here). Although I took a much-needed hiatus from running right before and right after Miss H was born and I have no regrets about that at all, I’m ready to start logging the miles again. I love the endorphins that come along with a challenging long run– they keep my emotions on an even keel and keep my stress levels manageable. If I’ve learned anything about my return-to-running the past few months, it’s that a happy mama is a better mama, and I would give anything to be the best mother I can be to Miss H. So, although spending time with my family will always be my first priority, I know that I need to continue running long distances whenever my schedule allows. Miss H is on a more predictable sleep and nap schedule now, so it will be easier to plan my long runs for a time when she will be (mostly) napping or sleeping. Since I am already signed up for the two upcoming half marathons, I have decided that I want (or need, rather) to run them. I feel like the picture below pretty much sums up how I feel about long runs, and it was kinda perfect for this particular Fit Friday post. Enjoy.
What’s on your fitness agenda for the weekend?