|Cape Town, February 2013|
This little family is already gearing up for our next trip. It feels like we just got back from the last one, and here we are again, looking at flights and making plans for our next adventure. This next journey will be to our “home in the south”. That’s right, these birds are migrating south for the winter. Justin gets four weeks off for the winter vacation, and during that time we will be visiting our family and friends in South Africa. Since Elijah has never spent any time with his African-family (or any family beside us actually) we have decided that mommy and baby will head down to Cape Town a week or two before Justin to get some extra time there. Trips home cost a lot of money, so we might as well make the most of them and stay as long as we can.
… And nothing gets me more motivated to get in shape than a trip home!
A visit to Cape Town means food (glorious food), wine (lots of wine) and doing all of that in a swimsuit. Haha, I’m kidding… the swimsuit part is optional, but definitely a possibility. I love running in Cape Town, so I want to be fit enough to credit my “calorie bank” in the morning, and then use it all up on delicious food and wine tastings. Balance, it’s all about balance!
My goal is to be at a good fitness level by that time, which gives me two months to get to where I want to be. I do also love a challenge/ goal, so I am challenging myself to keep to this program for 60 days! Unfortunately I won’t be marathon ready or anything by then, but that’s okay because I plan on breastfeeding for as long as I can and I feel that a rigorous marathon training program would interfere with that. Right now, breastfeeding is more important that running another full marathon, so I just want to be in good shape and at a comfortable fitness level. The challenge is to keep working out and running, and eat right.
I won’t be documenting every day of my 60 day challenge, but I will be touching base every now and again to let you know how it is going. So far… Day 1 is DONE. Baby Steps! The first day is always one of the hardest for me, so are days 4 and 5 for some reason. I therefore just need to make it through this week, and then not go crazy with the carbs at Thanksgiving or Christmas, and I will be well on the way to success. Gosh, I could have picked an easier time of the year to do this!!!
I will be doing a mixture of Fat-Burning Runs, Sprint Intervals, and Strength Training, based roughly on this plan: 8 Week Running Plan from Women’s Running. On the nutritional side of it all, I am keeping it simple and doing what works best for me. None of the nasty white foods – no sugar, flour, rice, pasta, bread, or bad fats. When I make some progress, I will try to update with information and numbers.
Have a look at the 8 Week Running Plan here.
I hope that some of you will be joining me!