Well, hello and Happy New Year! I can’t believe this is my first time writing in 5 months! Forgive me if I’m a little rusty…I don’t even know where to begin!
First off, Run With No Regrets is still here! I’m still running and sharing my experiences, largely on Instagram @runwithnoregrets. Last year, my big focus was on the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon, which took place in early December. I’m happy to say that it was my strongest postpartum race to-date. I promise to share my full race recap on the blog soon. Those are still my favorite types of posts to write!
Currently, I am out of training mode and getting used to having a little more freedom. I thrive with a structured running schedule, but it was a lot of work last year and I need more flexibility these days. I don’t have any goal races for this year, but I plan to explore more on the trails and do some local races that I’ve never done.
One area that I hope helps in this regard is being a member of The Vibe: A Bibrave Community. I’ve been a Bibrave Pro since 2016, and in 2024, the program has pivoted to focus more on the racing experience. I’m curious to see how things go and hopefully I’ll have an opportunity to travel to a new race this year.
On the Peloton front, I’m still enjoying the app, and now that I’m not on a coaching plan, I decided to focus on doing strength training through the app. So far, I’ve focused on lower body and strength for runners classes and have kept them to 20 minutes so that it’s more likely for me to get them done. These classes are definitely harder than I expected and I can’t imagine using more than 10 lb weights anytime soon. I do miss barre and plan to mix in some of those workouts as well. It’s been a good challenge and I always love recommendations!
Weight loss was actually a big thing for me in 2023. I reached a certain peak that I only experienced during pregnancy, and I was dealing with constant stress and picked up a lot of unhealthy habits. I tried to get into intermittent fasting and learned that it was NOT for me. Then I got into the Noom app around June or so and it was a real game-changer! I was able to lose about 15-20 pounds from where I started at the beginning of the year, returning to a weight range that I probably hadn’t seen since before getting married. Being accountable for calories really made the difference for me, and Noom has a lot of psychological tips and tricks that provided great insight. Now I’m in maintenance mode, and honestly starting to see myself slip back into some old habits, so I’m going to be working on focusing on consistent meal tracking to help guide making better decisions.
On a personal note, I have a 4 year old! How did that happen?! E is doing very well. She’s a lot of fun and full of personality and energy! She’s really gotten into music and sings all day long. We got her a guitar for her birthday and she’s like a little singer-songwriter with that thing! Bret and I will be together 12 years next month…it’s just crazy how time flies. This week has been a bit rough with all of the snow so we’ve all been a bit stir crazy. We still love our hikes so hopefully we can get out there when the weather warms up next weekend.
Of course I have written so many paragraphs after thinking I didn’t have much to say! I’m hoping that the Weekly Rundown will be my opportunity to share my fitness/workouts consistently; thanks to Kim and Deborah for hosting! I am only running about once a week since January and I’d like to get out there more, so I appreciate any encouragement and all the motivation!
How was your week? Did you experience any of the winter storms?