I recently signed up for my 5th marathon and started a 16 week training plan last week. I'll be running the Kansas City Marathon on October 15th and I'm excited but a little anxious because I know training will be a bit different this time around. When I first found out I was pregnant I set the goal of running another marathon before my baby turned 1 year old. I always enjoy having a physical goal to work for and I knew that a goal like this would ensure that I got back in shape after giving birth. Through working out, nursing and eating healthfully I lost all the baby weight by about 5 months postpartum, so I'm hoping now to build up my endurance again and also firm things up a bit. Jack is 8 month old now and I'm also nursing, so I know it'll be tough to juggle it all. I still haven't quite figured out a good morning run routine yet, but I'm hoping once we get settled in Kansas (in about a week) that it'll all come together. I don't want to wake Jack up too early because he's finally started sleeping through the night, but I also can't run without expressing milk and I'm not all that crazy about pumping. I've been running around 8AM and it's just too hot at that time! I'll keep you all posted with how things turn out though, so stay tuned. I plan on blogging once a week about how training is going, so if you have any questions or want to chat about running (and running as a nursing momma) I'd love to know so that I can discuss things you readers are interested in.
The training plan I'm doing is one I found on runnersworld.com before my first marathon in 2011. It was a free plan but I can't seem to find it online anymore. It says it's for "first timers" but I really enjoyed it so I'm going to use it again. I've used more ambitious plans in the past but found myself slacking off once the mileage really started growing. This plan has 2 rest days a week and the runs during the week aren't overly long so I'm hoping I can do them with a jogging stroller. I'll do the long weekend run by myself when Tom can watch Jack. The longest run is 20 miles (3 separate times) and the max weekly mileage is 40 miles. My marathon PR is 3:40 (an 8:23 min/mile pace) and in and ideal world I would improve my time this race. We'll see how it goes!
If you'd like to see the plan I'm using please let me know. I can either scan the ratty old printed out version I have or I can type it out and share it here. Let me know!