While I have been planning to run the NJ Marathon in May for a while now, I hadn't officially registered. I wanted to wait until after all of the christmas spending was over before I spent money on myself. Today I did it! I'm really looking forward to it. There is a great group of Strong Running Mamas running and I know whether or not I hit my 4 hour goal I will have a lot of fun.
I also downloaded the Runners World 4 Hours or Bust Marathon Training Plan. I used the 4:30 plan for my last marathon and came within minutes of my goal so I think this plan will work for me. I'm starting the plan with a better base and I'm a lot more confident than I was before my last training cycle began.
So far this week I've been taking it fairly easy running-wise. It's been freezing here so both of my runs so far have been treadmill runs at lunch. Yesterday turned into speedwork since I had to wait for a treadmill and was forced to run fast to get 3 miles in. Today I took it easier and ran 3 miles at a more comfortable pace. I hate that I can only fit 3 miles in at lunch. If I really push it I could probably get 4 but that will be pushing it time wise for me. I think I need to bite the bullet and either run outside early in the morning or get to the gym very early. I used to have no problem doing this before Mia, now I feel like mornings are already so hectic. I would have to be home from the gym or running by 6:45 to make it work. I think next week I will give it a try.
As far as running outside in the morning goes I need to invest in a headlamp or knuckles lights. I should also get some yaktrax since I may not be able to see ice early in the morning. I guess I need to shop!
As for my other goals, I did core work tonight with Mia which was interesting. I put on the P90X Ab Ripper video. It's 15 minutes and is so hard. Mia wanted to do them with me for almost the first 10 minutes, the last 5 or so she jumped on me which made it that much harder. She's a tough coach! I love that she tries to workout with me. She runs around the house with her baby doll in her doll stroller saying "Ready Set Go!".
Tomorrow night I am taking a yoga class- Hot Power Fusion. The classes at this studio are tough but really fun. Hopefully I can get into a regular class routine. This weekend is another Winter Series Run so I'm planning on doing 15 miles on Sunday.