Now that the Phoenix Marathon and my winter vacation has come and gone, I sat down over the weekend to plan out my soring fitness program – essentially my workouts and meal planning from now until the summer. I finally went for a short run on Sunday, two weeks after the Phoenix race, and it was a total slog. Nothing hurt, which was great, but my legs felt like lead. It probably didn’t help that I jumped right into strength training this week and was feeling a bit sore.
Although there’s a small part of me that wants to sign up for the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 1st to attempt to qualify for Boston again this year, I know my body (and mind) needs a break from those epically long Sunday runs. I could probably train without increasing my mileage too much, but I really miss feeling strong and fit from those four-day-a-week strength training sessions. So, I’ve decided to forgo the BMO Vancouver Marathon and to set my sights on the Goodlife Victoria Marathon again as a qualifying race this fall. Yes, that means I won’t achieve one of the goals I set for myself in January (well, just the year that I get to run Boston – I still could technically qualify this year). And I’m okay with that. I feel like this year will be a year where a lot of things may change and goals will shift accordingly. I’ve already experienced several big changes so far this year that will probably affect my 2016 goals that I’ll share at some point on the blog (don’t worry, it’s in a good way!).
So that means from now until mid July I’ll be focusing on getting stronger and leaning out again (I gained about 4 lbs this winter during training and vacationing, and I can definitely feel it!). I’m going to go back to my four-day upper/lower split lifting program (which I’ll share on the blog next week), with one to two HIIT sessions thrown in during the week, an easy 5 km run on Wednesdays and a 10-12K trail run on Sundays (because I’m seriously missing the trails right now!). I also might start cycling again as the weather gets better for a fun weekend activity. I may also do a few shorter races here and there, but nothing that I want to train too much for due to limited free time these days.
Stay tuned later this week for a fun guest blog post, some more personal news and check back next week for my latest strength / spring fitness program!