Friday, January 1, 2010

Marathon, what me?

So Steve and I have decided to run the Waterloo Mini-Marathon on April 25th. It's a total of 21kms or 13 miles and starts at Brectel Park in Waterloo. We are really excited about it, Steve has always wanted to run a marathon so for him this is a dream come true! For me it's great to be able to share this with him, to set a great example for Lillian about healthy eating and exercise while she's small. I also would like to get back to by pre-pregnancy weight and lose a bit more than that before I go back to work. So I have to lose 18 more lbs to hit my pre-pregnancy weight which isn't that bad since I gained 43 lbs during my pregnancy.

My plan is to run on our treadmill to start training. From Jan 3 - April 24 I have 16 weeks until the marathon. I typically run 2.1 miles for my workout, so today I pushed myself harder and hit 3 miles. For the next 11 weeks I'm going to try to add 1 mile to my runs and give myself 2 weeks of safety time and then I'll have 3 weeks to work on running the 13 miles faster. Having hit 3 miles to easily today is really exciting for me.

The other big thing with this marathon is that Steve and I need to invest in a jogging stroller so we can practice outside with Lillian. The annoying part is most are set up for babies who are 6 months or older and she's only 2.5 months so she's not strong enough to hold herself up the way she needs to. To keep her safe we're probably going to invest in a stroller that allows you to attach a car seat to it so we can run with her in her car seat and keep her safe. Tomorrow we're going to a store in Waterloo to look at jogging strollers and since they have their 2009 ones on sale to get rid of them, we just may walk out with one. Here's hopeing we get a good deal and can start taking her out on country roads in the lovely snow we have in KW!

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