Friday, June 27, 2008

seriously, I'm just not sure....marathon or not?

Although I would love to be "running for the hills" (great last post) everyday, and in every way, that is just not happening for me right now. Here is the deal: I'm not sure if I am going to do St. George. Yes, gas prices are outrageous, and that does put a damper on traveling. But my other problem is I am husband-less for 3 months, and have been for a month now. We live where it is like over 100 degrees most of the day- starting at about 8 a.m. I do have a jogger, but I must go at 5 a.m. everyday with the kiddies and the closest running spot is 10 miles away. That is just not happening when they are up like 4-5 times a night. My children are driving me crazy and taking everything I have out of me. So I try and run on my treadmill-only to be interrupted after all of 5 minutes. So I resolve to do in during nap time. That has worked like 3 times. I am quite out of shape after having babies, and it bugs. I run like 11 minute miles now. ugh. So I am not feeling too good about heading out and doing a marathon. I looked for smaller races in my area, and there aren't any until September.I don't see myself traveling to run a race somewhere with two kids in tow...plus we just can't afford that right now. That is the other problem-running a marathon without any smaller races beforehand??? I have done 7 marathons. I know what it is like. I know what is required to finish. I think if I did the bare-minimum training- I could finish....but I would be really slow and it could prove to be very hard. It seems that it is just not in the cards for me to do a marathon at this moment and time. I am still training, but I have taken a whole different approach to my training due to my circumstances and I am not sure it is going to do the trick. When my husband does get home, he will be working so much, I will still not have him around so that he can watch the kids, while I go for a run. So although I would love to be running for the hills, (yes kids make you want to do that like nothing else) and running those hills in St. George, seriously, I am just not sure.... any advice would be appreciated! thanks

5 comments:

Kelly(M&M) said...

I am sorry to hear your training is not what you would like it to be. The nice thing about St. George is that you can defer to next year. Marathons have to fit into YOUR life, not the other way around. Good luck making your decision. If you want a later one, I am going to be running the Newport Marathon in June of next year, and you can train through the winter. :-)

Marci said...

There are seasons for everything and it sounds like this is your season to be mommy rather than marathoner. Enjoy those kids, they grow up fast- - -marathons will always be around.

SMITH'S said...

Don't be so hard on yourself, it sounds like its just not the right time, it will come and go, but now just be home with those kids while the husband is gone, there is always another year of marathons!

Ang said...

I think everyone is right. If running a marathon is such a heartache/headache right now, don't do it. There will be a better time in the future! I had a hard enough time training when my husband was home!!

You are doing an amazing job! I looked at your blog. You go girl.

Suzie Petunia said...

You need a running partner! You need to find another mom who loves to run in your area and trade babysitting so you can both run.

I know this may not be possible, but its worth a shot! Your situation sounds incredibly frustrating. But I hope there is some way you can still train for St. George, because I would love to meet you. You've still got time! But if it doesn't happen this year, there will be many opportunities in the future when the kids are a little older.