For those of you who've asked, here's what I've been doing.
At the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre - Mon, Wed & Fri 9:00 a.m. and Tues & Thurs 5:30 a.m.
- combination of swimming laps, pool running, elliptical, bike for 1.5-2 hours
- strength exercises, primarily lower body to strengthen quads, hamstrings, glute, etc.
At home - Sat & Sun
- bike 45 minutes
- walk 1-1.5 hours
- physio exercises, heat & ice to hip, stretching, etc.
I've really enjoyed the new early hours at the Gretzky so that I can get in some training before having to be back home to get the kids ready for school. And because I've been home more during the day, I've really enjoyed the quality time with Leah. Another great thing about the Gretzky and the childcare provision there, is the great group of regulars. Thanks, Mike, Dean and Lisa, and many others. It's great to support each other as we recover, maintain, or advance our fitness.
So, Rick and I will likely come up with a February to May plan and a May to August plan. For the first three months, we will likely focus on workouts on the bike, elliptical and pool while I get used to running again. Then, if all is well, we will decrease the cross training and ramp up the mileage and intensity with running in May to August, really focusing on the marathon.
My first race will likely be Around the Bay but we certainly won't be expecting the same outcome as last year. With my focus on a spring marathon at the time, it made sense to be in tip top form in March. But this year is different with Worlds being in August. We'll look to have more successful races in late spring/early summer. With having three kids, I seem to do ok, coming from behind! It's about putting in the work and being patient. I think I can handle that.
I look forward to training in the summer again. Early mornings to get in the km's and beat the heat really worked well for me. And the kids aren't in school so it's a bit easier.
In the meantime, I'll finish up those odd jobs, continue with the activities of life as mom of three, and look forward to what is to come. January to March is our birthday season so that will also keep me busy.
Just today, Wesley and Tara Korir, posted (see below) this Kenya Kids Foundation message, which lifted my spirits even higher. Like I've written before, I've always felt God gave me this gift of "Marathon Mom" for a reason, His reason. And I want to give back. It was great chatting further with Wesley and Tara about it in November. Jonathan and I support this amazing organization financially, and God-willing, we would like to make a trip to do even more. I would train at altitude and volunteer, Jonathan would put his many gifts to good use, and the kids would experience something they could never get in Canada.
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.
When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!
|Seth is speaking with Mr. Gretzky. Another day in Brantford!|
|Micah's drawing. Note the Saucony symbol!|
|Essential Physio building behind me on Brant Ave. I do miss the old restaurant, Geds, that used to be there, but E.P is a good replacement.|
|My inspiration to start 2013. This entire family raced January 1st., including grandma who arrived from England the day before. Here they wait for dad's 10 km finish. And it was mom's birthday! Fun family! (Jonathan and Micah were to race but Micah was ill).|
|Leah steals the show at Inside Brant, our local Rogers show. What a big swig of water from the Eload bottle!|
|Skating at Harmony Square in Branford. Gotta love Leah in diapers and skates!|