Waffling. That’s a verb, right? You know, going back and forth about a decision – the whole “she loves me, she loves me not” kind of thing. Waffling. That’s what I’ve been doing in regards to my 2015 running goals.
I know what I want to do: Run a Boston Qualifying marathon. My running buddy qualified for the 2016 Boston at MCM (Marine Corps Marathon) this year. As such, I think it would just be so cool if we ran it together. But, that means I have until September to qualify. Unfortunately, most BQ marathons are run in the fall. 😦 So, I have a bit of a dilemma. Hence the waffling.
I’m trying really hard to be realistic here. Something I’m not very good at when it comes to my running. For instance, I ran a half marathon 11 weeks postpartum when I really had not trained for that kind of long distance. Did I finish? Yes, with a fairly decent time (all things considered). Was it pretty? Nope! I wouldn’t say I got injured, but I was walking like the Tinman for the next 2 days. Which has not happened since I ran 26.2 miles. Maybe my age is catching up to me…
Anyways, back to realistic goals. I am now a stay at home mom, which means I don’t have to fit my training around my work schedule. The thing is, I’m now a stay at home/single-parent mom 4-5 days per week (due to Hubby’s new job), which means I have 2 small children to consider and work around. Which means running solo will be a rare treat. Which means a lot of time running with a double stroller. In the winter. Hmm…. So, is it realistic to be breastfeeding an infant, chasing a 2 year old, and train for a marathon without having Hubby coming home every night? I just don’t know. Should I attempt a spring and fall marathon? What about the other races I really enjoy? The Monument 10k in late March, Historic Half Marathon in May, Richmond Marathon in November? Should I look for a destination spring marathon, as a sort of family vacation, despite the prospect of packing/relocating in the middle of summer? Or should I just train for a fast 10k and half marathon and save the marathon for the fall?
At the moment, I’m very open to suggestions.
Does anyone have a favorite spring marathon, preferably in the months of late April, May, or June?