Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great night celebrating the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. I was up, but not to celebrate as I have in years past 😉
While I’m normally not one to make a New Years resolution, this year I am making an exception. Since my last trimester began, and especially after our little one arrived, I have not made the time for myself to be active. So this year my resolution is to try and incorporate being active into my new life as a mom.
I know the majority of fitness resolutions tend to fail, but I have a multi-step plan to help me succeed. The first step is that I’ve told my husband the plan and I’m sharing it on this blog. P very supportive and encouraging in my efforts to be active. Once I’ve verbally committed to him, I know he’ll be checking up on me to make sure I follow through as well as helping out at home (even more than he already does) to make sure that I have no excuses. And then there’s the self-imposed guilt I will feel knowing I shared the plan here.
The second step is that I am trying out a mom and baby fitness class – Salsa Babies – to get me through the winter months. I’m hoping the social aspect of the class, and the fact that I can bring O with me, will keep me motivated!
Fingers crossed that Baby O and I are smiling as much as the mom and baby in the cartoon when we try our first class in January.
And the third step is that I will start running again once the weather is warm enough to allow me to take the babe outside. To help me do that, I’ll be using this:
Thanks to a fabulous kijiji find, P and I just invested in a great jogging stroller. The snow has only just arrived and now I can’t wait until Spring to get a running program started (again).
Before our son arrived, I was actually opposed to getting a jogging stroller. I had this crazy notion that running would be my “me time” and that I’d go out with Kona while P watched our baby. Obviously I had no understanding of baby feeding and sleeping schedules back then!
So how about you? Any other New Years Resolutions out there?
I have a love / hate relationship with running. On a beautiful spring or fall day, or when I accomplish a distance goal by participating in a race – those days I love it. On the rest of the days, not so much.
It took many attempts for me to actually get into running. I tried off and on at university, and again when I was a recent graduate living in Toronto. But my attempts never lasted beyond a month or so.
Then, the summer after I met P a few things happened that led to my first successful 5 K. First, P is a very active individual and he was (and still is) very encouraging when it comes to me being active. Second, my friend J (who is also a personal trainer) took me up on a statement I made that I wanted to run a 5K one day. That July she committed to running in the Run for the Cure the following October. There was plenty of time to work up to a 5K distance so I had no excuse. I found the Couch Potato to 5K training program online and followed it. The day of the 5K, J ran beside or behind me the entire race, shouting out encouragement along the way and P was at the finish line to congratulate me. I was extremely proud of myself and celebrated by proceeding to not run for another couple of years.
Fast forward to 2 years ago when I joined a Learn to Run clinic at our local Running Room. I completed two 5K races and decided I really wanted to try a 10K. Unfortunately, I got injured and could not compete in the first 10K I signed up for. After recovering from the injury I returned to running and finally completed a 10K at the annual Zoo Run. This time, J was again by my side. We even dressed up in costumes (a popular practice at the Zoo Run) as the tortoise (moi) and the hare (J). She even let me win!
It’s been just over a year since I completed the 10K and since then I’ve run off and on. I found it challenging to keep up with the running once Kona arrived at our house as running had to be done separately from her daily walks. Unfortunately, running isn’t recommended for dogs in their first year. The reason for this is that the puppy’s joints are still developing and exposing them to distance running at that age will greatly increase the likelihood that they will develop hip dysplasia.
Now that we are nearing Kona’s first birthday we’ve decided it is time to slowly ease her into a running regimen. I’m going back to basics and I’ll be applying the Couch Potato to 5K program with her by my side. Only this time, I’ve found an app (Ease into 5K) to guide us on each run – it will even track our distance and pace. Tonight will be Week 1, Day 1 of the program – fingers crossed it all goes well (I have a feeling she’ll do better with it than I will)!