Strength and Body Image

I skipped my run on Monday. It was the first day that both the boss and I were in the office together, since he started working here while I was out on maternity leave. And then last week (my first week in the office) he was out on his honeymoon, so we still didn't have a chance to work together. So Monday we were both here and there was a lot to talk about and discuss that we had not looked into or considered yet, so we needed to spend a lot of time talking. That pushed my pumping session back a little bit. And then after it was done, I did not feel like I could leave work to get my run in, so I just stayed.

I immediately felt guilty, as I had three miles scheduled on my plan for that day, and I knew that I was not going to get it done later in the day after I picked up the baby, whether she was being good or not. After work running just does not appeal to me that much anymore, I guess (I am not sure that it ever appealed to me, but whatever). So I just knew that it was not going to happen for me. However, I was not yet ready to give up my weekly rest day already, knowing it was VERY likely that I would take one on Sunday regardless of whether I wanted to or not. I just get lazy on Sundays.

So when I got home from work and Addie was still asleep in her chair (she apparently did not get as much sleep as usual at school so she fell asleep in the car and was still asleep!) I threw together a little legs & core workout. Legs, core and glutes are what need the most help since she was born, so I tend to focus on them a little bit more. Here is the workout that I did.
I supersetted one leg move with a core move and completed all 4 sets before moving on to the next superset. I did not use any weights, just my body weight, and it was still pretty tough given I was still a little bit sore from bootcamp last week. I think that is crazy that my body was still feeling the after affects of that workout, but at the same time, I am proud of myself for pushing through and getting this workout done.

I am trying to think of what my options are or what they may be as I get my runs in during the week. I am loving running and stuff, but I do not have the sense of urgency to train for a big race right now. I think I will be able to train for a half just fine, but I think my focus is going to be on improving my mid distance races. Maybe some 10Ks in the spring. We will see, I obviously change my mind about this all the time. I am just worried about making time for the baby and stuff, not to mention the fact that focusing on running is not going to get me to my pre-baby place.

I had a struggle with my body on Tuesday morning when I got dressed. I don't really know what happened, or what specifically caused it, I just felt gross in my clothes. Because of that, I actually ended up changing my entire outfit. It did not help me to feel 100% better, but it did help a bit, so I am glad that I did it.

Tuesday was also back to the running game. I wanted to get in 3-4 miles at an easy pace over my lunch break. I was not going to allow anything else to get in the way of that this time because I really wanted to be able to work towards hitting my weekly 20 mile goal, not to mention continue to train for the Indy Monumental that I am working toward. Here is the route I took:


I got to get out and run near the lake again! This was my first time over there since being back at work. As you can see, I added some little out and back sections here and there just to add on a little bit of additional mileage. I did these 4 miles in 38:08 or a 9:32 average pace. That is a pretty solid easy pace for me.

How are your workouts going so far this week?

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