It would be crazy for me to give a full recap of everything that has gone on over the past 8 or 9 months, but I will try to at least catch you up on what is relevant in terms of this blog...
My last full marathon was the Pocatello Marathon last fall. After doing that race, I re-grouped with my trainer and decided to cut back on running and focus on building muscle and strength. From the beginning of September through the beginning of November, I did little more than 5 or 6 miles for my longest runs and was really only running once or twice a week. Instead, I was supplementing with cardio sessions of spinning classes and other forms of cross-training, while mainly focusing on lifting weights. I was also trying something new with my diet at that time and had incorporated some keto-runs into my routine in an attempt to lose body fat (and I got down to about 17%).
Every November there is a local half-marathon that my husband and I have been involved with for a few years, but since I had not been running as much, I didn't plan to run it in 2013...until about 5 days before the race when my trainer asked if I wanted to run it with her and I said, what the heck?
Riding the bus up to the start with Misty, I had no idea how my body was going to handle running 13.1 miles without having done adequate training, but honestly I wasn't too concerned with time or pace. I just planned to enjoy it. Turns out, the break from running must have done my body good - I got my half-marathon PR on that race, finishing with a time of 2:03:29!
After the half-marathon, I continued on with a minimal amount of training runs, especially as the weather turned colder and much less runner-friendly. For a few weeks in February and March I was able to get in some long runs, 12-15 miles at a time.
In the meantime, my job at the gym has become increasingly predominant in my life. I was spending more and more time not only working my own shifts, but covering for other people. So when the front desk director gave her two-week notice at the beginning of January, I was asked to replace her and have since been working as the director. That has meant even more hours, hiring and training staff, and doing the schedule for the 7 employees that work under me. While I enjoy working at the gym, I have struggled somewhat with balancing my time there with time at home with the kids and Chris and keeping up on things around the house, and still having enough time to work out as much as I'd like.
In March I was able to take about a week off from work - not for a vacation, unfortunately - but to have a couple of surgical procedures done to "fix" a few things that have been bothering me since having our four children, losing a significant amount of weight and keeping it off. Chris took some time off from his job as well and stayed home to take care of me and the kids so I could rest and heal up. I was back to work full-time the next week and back to working out by the third week post-op. This past week was my first full week of an almost normal workout schedule and I have been feeling pretty amazing. Spinning classes, Muscle Fusion X, running stairs at the stadium and even a 5 mile run with Chris yesterday.
So today I sit here, on my rest day, feeling sore and happy. The weather is starting to turn (warmer) and I am feeling a renewed eagerness to start getting more serious with a training schedule. After all, I am signed up for a marathon at the end of the summer and I think it's time to start a countdown. Besides, there are always new things on the horizon for us...and my kids are all healthy, Chris and I are healthy and happy...so life is good. :)