Now that I’ve completed seven half marathons, I’ve started to contemplate whether or not I feel ready to take my running to the next level – registering for, training for, and running a marathon. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I’d even consider running a marathon, especially in the days when I never imagined that running could become an integral part of my life. I’ll admit, I’m very intimated by the idea of running a marathon, but nobody great ever achieved anything without taking risks and stepping outside of their comfort zone. I never imagined that I could run a half marathon, but I put in the hard work and accomplished my goal.
Back in the fall and early winter, I considered the idea of registering for a marathon as a way to help keep me motivated during the postpartum period. Since I like to use training for races as a way to help keep me motivated to work out, I thought that a new fitness challenge would be just the thing I needed in order to push myself out the door and work on getting my pre-baby body back. I’ve been successfully keeping myself motivated by training for my upcoming half marathon in June, but late last year I thought I’d need something new to motivate myself. Clearly, I was wrong about that.
Even though I contemplated entering the lotteries for the Chicago Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon, I ultimately decided that 2016 is not the year for a marathon for me. There are three main reasons why I came to this decision.
- Time isn’t on my side right now. I’ve shared on multiple occasions that, like most new moms, I’m struggling with fitting everything in on a daily basis, especially since returning to work last Monday. I know from supporting Preston through his training to run the Disney World Marathon on two different occasions that marathon training takes a substantial amount of time, and time is simply something I don’t have a lot of right now.
- Although we have a BOB stroller, little man isn’t big enough for it yet, which means that I can’t take him out for my training runs with me. Preston and I usually have to take turns working out, which significantly limits the amount of time that I have to work out. Although I can do strength training at home, I can’t do my training runs at home since we don’t have a treadmill in our house.
- Registering for a fall marathon would mean that I’d have to devote a lot of summer weekends to long training runs. We already have a lot on our 2016 calendar, particularly over the summer. About half of our summer weekends are already filled with various activities and trips, and for this year I’d rather focus on enjoying our time as a family of three instead of worrying about when and how I’ll fit in training runs that take upwards of three hours to complete.
Just because I’ve come to the conclusion that a marathon isn’t for me this year doesn’t mean that a marathon is permanently off the table. I just need to take things one day at a time and revisit the idea of running a marathon when its the right time for our family.
QOTD: What new challenge(s) are you currently considering undertaking?