I sit here at 840 pm on a Friday night, with both the toddler and husband in bed. Staying true to the night owl I am, these other two had quite an eventful day. My husband woke up at 4something for an early PT test, while our daughter was up during various hours of the night, AND she only had a 40 minute nap. Typically, I know the zero sleep/zero nap combination results in meltdown after meltdown, but this kid has been a doll the entire day. She was the prime example of ‘perfect toddler’ while driving around, attending a ceremony for work, and putting up with mommy logging some hours at the computer. This equation also meant I couldn’t run today, but I am ok with that. My legs didn’t feel any different than what they usually do, and I think my “A” goal this weekend will be to get in a 7 miler, and whatever pace. See? I told you I would come around
I will say this though, the majority of 2011 I had a training plan staring back at me, which makes for a very weird feeling now that I’m “just” running. I would like to stick with my ‘longer’ run once a week, but I don’t really know where to draw the line at that or when I should stop that completely. Again, my body will dictate that for me; and the second anything feels odd I make the call home. I never used to run with a cell phone, but I do now that I have a kid, and especially now that I’m pregnant.
So I’ve been throwing around some ideas. Its no secret that the ever elusive marathon is something I have had my eye on for a couple of years, and that I want to use it as a stepping stone into ultras. I’m kind of ‘thinking out loud’ for my time line here, but any input/advice/perspective would be greatly appreciated.
07 May – DUE DATE. As anyone with a uterus is aware, I know the baby can be early [my prediction] or the baby can be late. I’m setting this time line based off of a 21 May date, since most doctors will induce you by the time you’re 42 weeks. Yes I realize I’m buying myself time this way, but honestly, if this is going to be my first ever marathon, I’m going to go into this healthy and prepared – not with my innards dragging on the floor behind me.
02 July – This is my tentative date in which I should be getting my ‘all clear’ from the doctor. With Kara, I think I ‘jogged’ around the block a couple of times at my 4 week mark. If I’m blessed enough to do this again, I will. But, again, I want to give myself wiggle room. Say I follow an 18 week beginner training schedule… this would mean my marathon would fall anytime on, or after…
05 November. Erasing the 2 week induction thing from earlier, I could also run one as early as 22 October. Wow. That is quite a ways away. This now brings me into the weather here in the beautiful Pac NW. My husband volunteered with our run group at the Seattle Amica Marathon in late November. It rained heavily the ENTIRE time. I know I cannot control the weather, and nothing is perfect, but I cringe at the thought of making this my first marathon. With that said, its guaranteed that anytime after September-ish, you can count on rain here. I’m *not* about to make this a destination race; the logistics of juggling a 3 year old and 6 month old make my brain hurt, and I’m the one running the marathon.
Does all of this make me sound like a bridezilla of sorts? Should I just say screw it all and see how I feel after having the baby? I know race day conditions are not up to me. Things can happen before, during and even after a race that will leave you feeling like you totally missed out on something that was supposed to be ‘your day’. I’m going into this with an open mind, I promise. I’m just rambling a bit at my own time line, and would LOVE input. I’m the student here, and I clearly don’t know what I’m doing.
Disclaimer – I am not an idiot. These dates are not set in stone by any means, and really they’re just dates to try and give me an idea of when I would like to pursue a marathon. If nature takes control and for some reason I’m just not able to do a marathon in 2012, then so be it. I love running, but my health comes first. I am also assuming that I will bounce back like I did after my first pregnancy, but no one is going to be able to make that call except for me and my doctor. So, before you go and use my crazy idea, check with professionals first.
What do you think, am I crazy for giving this so much thought?
Moms – how soon after giving birth did you run your marathon? Do you feel like you gave yourself enough time?