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I knew after having Bryce that I wanted to complete a half marathon within the year. He was born in April, and I knew I wouldn’t want to do a winter half marathon, so I found one in October and signed up. No time like the present, huh?
It was my 3rd half marathon, so I knew what training would be like. I wanted to do it because running was my stress relief, my quiet time, my “me” time…and it just made me feel like myself, which was especially important after having a baby. I wanted to prove to myself that I could accomplish what I set my mind to. (It also happened that my 30th birthday was the same weekend of the race, which made it extra sweet.)
So I set out on training.
For the majority of training, I just ran one day a week- my long run days on Saturdays. It was tough any other way with T working, leaving early in the mornings…and I wouldn’t have enough energy (or daylight) to run at night. It was a careful orchestration week after week between Bryce’s feedings and other commitments (like family events, and a gum surgery that took me out for a week at the end of my training).
I ended up adding a second 3-4 mile treadmill run into the mix the last 4 weeks or so which helped when the long runs got into the double digits. And I did every run by myself. Although I enjoy company when I run, I just enjoyed that time to let my feet hit the pavement and listen to music. Therapeutic, really! And T was so supportive and sweet to wake up early on Saturday mornings to be with Bryce while I went out to get those miles in.
In the end, all the training was worth it (if you followed along on Instagram, you would have seen my “check ins” as the weeks went by). Despite a nasty cold the weekend of the race, I finished my third ever half marathon in 1:45:57, a PR by over 8 minutes. I never, never imagined that would happen. While I am super happy with my time, it is so much more than that. The satisfaction of achieving my goal feels so great!
Now that the training is over, I wanted to celebrate with more than my medal. It was a major fitness milestone for me, and I figured I should treat myself! I love to reward myself after achieving a fitness goal like this (or others) in a few ways:
- New workout gear. Whether it’s a new outfit, headband or even a pair of shoes if they have enough miles/wear on them. New gear motivates me to keep going!
- A pedicure. My feet could use it after that! (And I could literally have a day long foot massage and never complain.)
- Another race! Sounds weird, but signing up for another one gets me excited and gives me something to look forward to fitness-wise! For me, that will be a new-to-me, fun race: the sNOw Fun Run in January.
- A nap. This is a necessity after waking up early not only for feedings but also for all those training runs!
- Treats! Let’s face it- you are ravenous after a long run (or race day). I like to have yummy treats in our snack bowl that I can grab after a run that satisfy my sweet tooth but don’t negate all the running I just did. While fruit and chocolate milk are trusty favorites, I was at Walmart and came upon goodnessknows® snack squares (with a coupon, I might add!) They are available in three flavors:
- goodnessknows® Cranberry, Almond, Dark Chocolate
- goodnessknows® Apple, Almond & Peanut, Dark Chocolate
- goodnessknows® Peach & Cherry, Almond, Dark Chocolate
They are surprisingly delicious with just enough chocolate to curb the sweet tooth and feel decadent and candy bar- esque, but pack a lot more nutritional value than a candy bar. Win win in my book- I love treats like that!
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How do you treat yourself after a you’ve accomplished your fitness goal?
Which goodnessknows® snack square flavor sounds best to you?