One of the main things that keeps me motivated to stay in shape is competing in races. I like running races and triathlons.
I've been getting excited for this year's race season. I know it's a little weird to be so excited for races given the fact that I'm six-months pregnant and all. But in some ways that's what is making me more excited. Before I got pregnant I was in the best shape of my life. So I am excited to have a goal to get me back into shape. And I am excited to see my body's "memory" come back and see how long it will take to get back to where I was.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not talking all vanity here. I fully expect that it will take a while for me to "look" like I did before I got pregnant. I am actually more interested in getting my body's abilities back. I was really proud of being able to run and swim and bike the way I could, and I can't wait to do it again.
So this year I am focusing on some totally do-able goals that are also going to be really fun.
In June I will be running this 5k. What could be better than having champagne and chocolate at the end of a race? It will certainly keep me motivated! And since I will only be around 8 weeks postpartum I figured a fun, 5k would be the perfect way to get started.
In July I will be doing the Chelanman sprint triathlon again. I don't plan to break any records or anything since again, I will only be about 12 weeks postpartum. But I do want to finish strong.
The race I am probably the most excited about is the Dirty Dash in August. What could be more fun than running a 10k through obstacles, mud, and water balloons? I honestly can't wait. Interestingly, this will be the longest distance running race I've ever done. (Remember I was training for a 1/2 marathon last year but got knocked-up and had to quit training.) :)
What about you? What keeps you motivated to stay in shape?