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Back in the Groove

26 Jul

This past Monday marked one month since the marathon. In that time, I ran once (and it was not enjoyable), went on a couple of hikes in Alaska, and walked the dogs. But since I know that getting back into shape is a lot less enjoyable than just staying in shape, I decided it was time to get back in the groove of working out.

So here’s my rough plan-that’s-not-a-plan:

Cardio 3-4 days a week – with the idea of running, biking and swimming at least one day each

Strength 2 days a week

I have a stash of strength workouts from magazines and blogs that I’ll pick from for my strength workouts.

My main goal for working out now is to enjoy it. I cannot tell you how excited I am to go to the gym and read while working out. It’s definitely the thing that makes the time go by the fastest for me and I have so many books and magazines waiting to be read that I love being able to kill two birds with one stone. Being able to read while working out actually motivates me to go too. Oh and my work will reimburse both Travis and I $30 if we can prove that we go to the gym 8 times in a month. Win-Win-Win.

As for doing a triathlon or a bike race this year still, I’m not ruling anything out but I’m also not feeling very optimistic about those odds. I’m just playing everything by ear.

And for some reason, right now I’m really digging hiking so Travis and I are planning to go backpacking a weekend in August and another one in September. We missed the window for getting a backcountry permit in the Grand Canyon (applying now gets you a permit for December…no thanks) so that will have to wait. I’d also like to do some fun day hikes on our open weekends, and possibly a 14er too.

Overall though, we’re planning to focus more time on getting stuff done around the house, as well as starting to prepare for selling our house. We don’t plan on putting our house in the market anytime soon – moving involves a lot of variables, all of which are still up in the air, but my opinion is, if we’re going to do these things anyway, we might as well do them now when we can enjoy them instead of waiting until right before we sell our house!

After a big race, do you usually jump right back into your routine? Or do you do something else for a while?