But for now, that chase is on hold. Just on hold, not forgotten, and I will return. And here is why.
I was fortunate to bounce back fairly quickly from pregnancy/birth, even thought I didn't run the final 6 weeks. The fire to become fast again was lit. I worked SO HARD training for Boston. Aside from the physical aspects of birthing a baby, the motherhood/career thing is no easy task to balance. I was excited to run Boston. I set 3 goals, and I was able to meet my B goal. My Boston finish was different from any marathon I'd ever run. I was completely indifferent to the time on the clock. Honest to goodness, I did not care. And I had trained for this race! Trained hard! I should've been emotionally invested. So when my coach started talking to me about my next goals, I was just cringing inside at his words. I absolutely positively did NOT want to train. Let's clarify. I LOVE, ADORE, CHERISH my running. However, I was sick of the training. Sick of the schedules, sick of the speed work, sick trying to be something that I didn't even know if I wanted to be. I felt like I had spent the past 6 months being stretched in 500 different directions. And I thought back to a conversation I had with one of my besties that will remain nameless.
One spouse felt like they were getting the "leftovers" of the other spouse. The other spouse was busy, busy, busy running, working, taking care of basic life stuff. And it got me thinking- my daughter and husband were getting "leftover" me. And that broke my heart. Getting up at 4 am to run, then working all day teaching, followed by a few hours at the track coaching, I came home absolutely beat. I was not giving them my best. I could barely survive that way.
|Squishy and I|
And it has been wonderful! And slowly the fire is coming back. I'm learning to balance life. Squishy and I run nearly every day together with her in the stroller. I do mostly easy runs, but the past two weeks I have done 3 speed workouts on my own free will. LOL.
Will I ever run a 3:00 marathon again? Maybe not. Will I ever be who I used to be? Probably not, and I don't want to. I'll take being a mother over being fast any day. I know tons of mothers that came back faster post-children. YAY for them! That's truly remarkable, and I admire that. I'm just not there yet, and I'm okay with that (finally). Someday soon I'll train seriously again. I'm already eyeing fall marathons, as I still love my mileage! LOL. For now I am focusing on being a #1 Mom and coach. Running is still there, like an old friend, but not really a priority right now.
Squishy loves swinging and running with momma!