First off, sincere apologies. I am a terrible blogger. I have been busy being a mom, working a couple jobs and running like crazy. I would like to get back to blogging about my running because…
I signed up for my second marathon!! My thought process was pretty much, “hey, you have no time and are tired a lot, maybe you should train to run 26.2 miles again?”
Actually, I got inspired when I was texting with my friend Jill who just achieved a HUGE running goal! Her achievement motivated me to start looking for races. Then I found a race deal to sign up for 3 races for $100! What a deal right? One of them was a 5k or 10k. I opted 10 k, get more bang for your buck amirite? Then race 2 was either a half marathon or a full marathon… The Maxxinista in me was again thinking how do I get the best deal? And the better deal would most definitely be the the full. I mean I paid $100 to run my last full.
Next, I consulted with my BFFL. Running is a solo activity for me most of the time, but would not be possible without my amazing, husband. I asked KC how he felt about me taking on this level of commitment. He being the amazing man he is was of course supportive. His worry was me over extending myself; which is a valid concern. My schedule these days is pretty hectic.
Typically, I am up before 6:30 AM to either run or take care of a tiny human or both. I work primarily work from home about 20 hours/ week. I also waitress 3 nights a week which gets me home sometime between 10 PM- 2AM depending on the day. And of course there is the whole keeping tiny human alive. This is always priority #1, which is becoming more and more challenging the more mobile she becomes. And I have been aiming to run 5 times per week but typically run 4 times.
I am not a unique unicorn here. I know there are moms and dads who have way crazier schedules, more kids, less support and children who suck at sleeping. But, my life is a lot more hectic than it was when I trained for my first marathon.
So why am I doing this? Masochistic tendencies maybe? Nah. There are some things that are actually working in my favor this time.
I am in better shape (somehow) this time around. I’d like to thank breastfeeding and never eating a full meal due to my food monster child. I do not know how much I weigh because I don’t own a scale, but my weight is definitely down from 2016 when I last ran 20+ miles.
I have more motivation to run. Probably because it often the only time I get to myself all day. Listening to true crime podcasts while wearing reflective gear and running in the dark is the most relaxing part of my day some days.
I do want more kids. Disclaimer: I am not pregnant- ok, nana and gramma?? But KC and I love our little spawn so much we would like to have another. Once we have 2- I cannot imagine how busy and tired I will be. It seems from my observations kids schedules get more and more hectic as they get older. This could be my last chance to have this amount of time for awhile.
I want to set a positive example for my daughter. I want Ellie to follow her dreams. Running Boston is my dream. If I am ever going to BQ, I need to run more marathons. I want Ellie to challenge herself. Running is a challenge for me- sometimes just getting out the door is a challenge. I want Ellie to have passions and hobbies. Being a mom has taken over my life and my being. Don’t get me wrong, I truly am happier than I have ever been. Being a mom is the BEST thing I have ever done. But, I don’t want being a mom to be my only “thing”. I was a whole person before being a mom-I don’t want to lose that person I was. I want Ellie to be mentally and physically healthy. Running makes me feel sane. It helps to manage my anxiety and makes me feel confident. It also helps me maintain my weight and while keeping me “fit fat”. Ya know, strong legs and a jiggly belly.
So, with the support of my husband my training plan starts next week! AHHHH!