To Marathon or Not to Marathon
I kind of have it in my head that I might possibly could somehow some day (sooner rather than later?!) run a marathon.
Is that crazy?
Not the 26.2. I mean, that does sound a little crazy, but in my mind I can envision how a person could accomplish the feat if they were trained to do so. I’d even go so far as to say I could finish the distance today if I were given enough time to do it. I’d be walking a lot and in a lot of pain, but if I had to do it for the sake of my children (or even something a little less dramatic) I could make it happen.
The “crazy” I’m talking about is adding the training plan on top of an already busy life. Is it crazy to think that I can add that “ball” to all the ones I’m already juggling?
Here’s the situation:
I have a full-time job outside the home. It’s 40 hours a week, typically not much more, and my schedule is pretty much set at 8 hours a day, but I can usually take a long lunch if I want to try to fit in 2-3 miles during the day. I do travel on occasion, but I wouldn’t consider that much of a barrier.
I have 2 littles. Obviously. If you’ve read even one post on this blog you know I have a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old. They are on totally different nap schedules right now and they go to bed at 8:00pm (this is relevant – it means that from 6 to 8 each night we are eating dinner, taking baths, reading books, etc. all in preparation for the melt-down that is bedtime. I do, on occasion, take them for a 2- to 4-mile run after dinner when it’s warmer outside.
My husband works a non-traditional schedule. Usually I know ahead of time, sometimes I don’t, but long story short it means I’m by myself with 2 kiddos after work about half the time. This also means that on those days I’m doing the crazy dinner-bath-bed thing with both kids by myself. Not to mention the dishes and laundry and chores that have to be done those nights just so we aren’t wearing dirty clothes and eating off last night’s dinner dishes. Hubby helps on his days off, but it’s literally something that has to be taken care of on a daily basis.
On the plus side, I do have a treadmill at home…so I have that going for me. Also, I am fortunate enough to have a double BOB stroller which is how I get most of my outdoor runs in. Again, if you follow me on Instagram for longer than 2 days you know this. 🙂
So, my question is this:
How in the world do other moms manage it all?
I know I’m not dealing with anything outside of the normal mom-with-young-kids stuff here. I just need to know how to survive a training run that lasts 3-4 hours and the fact that I won’t be able to rest and recover after it. Like, at all. I specifically remember a run a few weeks before my last half marathon when Hannah and I ran for 12 miles in the pouring rain with a double stroller and, aside from the car ride home, I didn’t sit down for the rest of the day because I was by myself with the littles. I was BEAT by bedtime! How do you do that week after week through marathon training?
So, marathoning moms (and dads!), how do you do it? Is it worth it? Is it still fun when you’re done?