I’d be lying if I said that I am not a bit nervous as I sit here and write this post. Marathon day is just 7 short weeks away and with my recent vacation and now an illness (thank you to my adorable germ-carrying little boy), I haven’t exactly been sticking to my training plan 100 percent. Being a mom of three kids ages 5 and under is not exactly conducive to easy marathon training – if there is such a thing, but I’m living proof that it is in fact doable. I’m a firm believer that we have time for almost anything we make time for. Want to train for a marathon, make time to run. Want to write for a weekly blog, make time to write. Want to stay balanced, make time for all that you love to do even when you’re not sure you have the time.
I wasn’t too worried about my vacation, however, because although I didn’t run, I did do an extreme amount of cross-training (approximately 30 miles of hiking through the backcountry trails of Glacier National Park, with some significant elevation gains) so I was ok with skipping a few runs during that week. By the way, my trip to Glacier is definitely worth a blog post in and of itself so stay tuned!
When I arrived home from vacation, my plan was to hit the pavement and pick up right where I would have been if I hadn’t missed any runs but my 15 mile run the weekend I got back didn’t go quite as well as I had hoped it would. I was exhausted. I had taken 6 days off of running and I had to use the potty about 12 miles in. I tried calling my husband to come pick me up and when he didn’t answer, I took it as a sign and stayed the course. Well, sort of. After a quick pit stop in the brush (yes, this does happen in Simsbury), I continued on although I did have to walk at times. And then, only days later, just when I was starting to get back into a rhythm with my running routine, my son vomited all over me at dinner and 2 days later, I was sick with a fever and chest congestion. This wasn’t an illness that I could just ignore and run through. I didn’t want to risk making myself really sick and so I have been taking it easy. I am going to start to ease back into it tomorrow and plan to make up for the 16 mile run I missed last weekend by doing it sometime after work this week but I am worried that this is really going to set me back.
Seasoned marathoners: How do you overcome obstacles such as these during your training? I am determined to stay the course and get right back into it but mentally, I’m having a tough time convincing myself that I am going to be able to do this!
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