For the first time in nearly a decade, I am starting off the year with basically zero running goals. Don’t get me wrong, running a 3:10 marathon would be pretty sweet, but I just know this is not the year. It’s hard to put that aside but I know it’s not in the cards for 2018.
Instead, I’m shifting my focus to starting a family and alllllll that comes with it. 2018 is all about preparing my body to conceive and carry a child and preparing my mind and soul to become a mother. These are HUGE things and since we have to plan our family (being two women) it allows me to really focus on these things before we get started. No accidental pregnancies here.
So, what does this look like…
Well, I will still be running 4-5 days a week, per usual. No changes there. Running has been feeling so great lately and I have no plans of changing that. I may run the Encinitas Half Marathon (again for fun) in early March. I won’t be doing any speedwork or anything structured because I just don’t see a need for it right now. I plan to continue my new pilates routine of twice a week. I’ve taken a couple weeks off but I am ready to get back it. I really benefit from the strengthening and it will be super helpful come baby time.
I always talk about starting a meditation practice and I am actually going to do it now. I almost didn’t want to write that here because the moment I put it out there, I feel less inclined to do it. I know – I’m a weirdo. It’s my rebel tendency. Someone gave me a piece of advice the other day to really learn how to manage my stress before getting pregnant so I don’t create a hostile environment for the babe. It’s great advice and I took it to heart.
I am going to eat more healthy fats because I know that’s great for fertility and such. I am going to schedule myself less. I want to learn how to SLOW DOWN and not always be on the go. I am going to prioritize my marriage / wife, especially since we’re about to enter a new, wild chapter. This child-free time together is really important and I can’t put it on the back burner, like I so often do. That’s another focus of 2018, for me.
I will continue to put money from every paycheck into savings. This is a fairly new habit — I’m a little late to the financial responsibility game. This will help a ton when I am on maternity leave and not receiving a full paycheck.
I guess you could say my focus this year is on the 3 Fs: family, fertility and finances. I’m feeling pretty confident about all of the above, as of right now. 😃 I’ll check back in a few months and let you know how it’s going.