…Marathon, that is. I haven’t run a marathon since 2011, 6 days before I got married and just about a year before baby #1. Before that, I’d run the NYC Marathon five years in a row.
While I want to so badly run another, when I didn’t get one in between babies #1 and #2, I had a major panic attack that I may never run another. I mean, let’s face it, marathon training is nearly impossible with a child. Those long runs are WAY too long for a child (let alone 2!) to sit in a jogging stroller. And the fact that the sweet hubby and I are both marathoners adds another level of complication. Do we get a sitter every weekend just so we can do a long run? Or do alternate days so we can both run, cutting into the little bit of time we get together already?! How do we both get weekday runs in, when neither of us is a morning person… And then there’s the guilt of leaving your children for hours on the weekend just to go on a run….
And then I read Run Like a Mother.
And I knew, that if there were all these other women out there who could make it work, so could I. I read it on the treadmill, pregnant with baby #2. It was the perfect inspriation to keep running, and the perfect reminder that I could do it again.
So last week I signed up for my comeback marathon, the first marathon I’ll do outside of NYC:
The Rehoboth Beach Marathon. For those of you who remember, my parents live in Rehoboth, so running a race there is easy. There’s people to watch my kids, I know the course, you can supposadly get to the start just minutes before it actually starts, and there’s a party – with booze – right after you cross the finish.
While I love the NYC Marathon more than anything, its a long, long process of waiting on Staten Island for hours, running, then wading through Central Park to make the long public transportation hike home. Which is fine…. but complicated by the fact that I’ll still be nursing. Eight or so hours away from my baby and pump would not be the most comfortable thing on earth. So for so many reasons, Rehoboth looks like a great opportunity.
I’m still running (at 31 weeks and 4 days!) Let’s hope these little running shoes want to keep it up for a few more weeks.