Back in the spring, I shared why the time wasn’t right for me to run my first marathon. Since then, I’ve thought a lot about whether there ever will be a “right” time, as well as what my goals as a runner are. Since crossing the finish line of Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, my last goal race for 2016, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want my next major running goal to be. The more that I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve come to realize that I do in fact want to challenge myself to train for and run a marathon.
As I’ve thought about the idea of running a marathon I’ve also thought more about when will be the ideal time to do so. Is there a “perfect” time to run a marathon? Absolutely not. But do I think I’m in a better place and more ready to do so now than I was earlier this year? Absolutely.
For one, little man is getting older and enjoys going for stroller runs with me. This certainly has made training more manageable, as I don’t have to wait for somebody to be able to watch him in order for me to be able to head out the door for my training runs. This is a huge difference between now and when I last visited this topic back in the spring.
Another reason why I’m feeling more ready to tackle this challenge is because my breast feeding journey will soon be coming to an end. Since I became pregnant, my goal has been to breastfeed for a year. Although I had to start exclusively pumping back in June, this weekend will not only mark 10 months since little man was born but also 10 months of him being nourished with my breast milk. I’m cautiously optimistic that he and I will be able to continue on this journey until he’s a year old, at which time I’ll be breaking up with my breast pump. And although my husband and I are nowhere near ready to start trying for baby #2, I know that I want to challenge myself to run a marathon before another child enters the picture.
Lastly, with me running my 10th half marathon in another two weeks, I’m realizing that I want to push myself and challenge myself to something new. While I thoroughly enjoy the experience of training for and running half marathons, I’m ready to motivate myself with a new challenge.
I’m looking at running a marathon next fall, which will give me about a year to physically and mentally prepare for this undertaking. I’m sure that this will be a life changing experience, but I’m also hopeful that it’ll be a very rewarding experience. I’m looking at one fall marathon in particular, and once I’m finished making my registration for this race a reality I’ll be ready to share which race I plan on running.
Am I scared by this idea? Absolutely. For a long time I never imagined that I’d become a runner, and now look at me, I’m looking at running a freaking marathon. If this isn’t going to push me far outside of my comfort zone, then I have no idea what will.
QOTD: How are you currently pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone?