With a Due Date landing smack dab in the middle of race season (July 2nd) My goals for this coming year are somewhat modified.
Plans for a sub 3 hour 30km at Around the Bay will have to wait until 2011. As will my plans to run the Whitby Marathon in May. By the time the ice melts on the road I imagine my waist will keep me from road riding any distance, and Mountain Biking is off the roster until after I deliver.
Instead I envision a lot of 5 and 10ks runs to keep me motivated in the spring to prepare for my Ultra Marathon (it’s fair to call labor that isn’t it? Jeremy – if I wear my Running Free Jersey does it count towards points!?? Hahaha)
But more importantly, I want to be in decent shape for my goal of finishing my first marathon in Dec 2010.
I realize that this is setting the bar high when I’ll be launching into a year of sleep deprivation and dirty diapers, but there are a number of reasons why I’ve decided on this.
Firstly, a pack of friends and I decided to run a marathon together this coming year. Yes depending on how things tear and go back together during labor will affect my training, but this is why we’ve chosen Dec for a race month. Even if I do very little in the first two months (which most likely will be the case) I will still have four months to train.
Secondly, I’m turning 30 next year. Age is really just a number for me but as you crown each decade of your life it makes you take pause. What kind of person do I want to be? Well I want to be a person who steps up to challenges. I’m running.
Thirdly, I deserve it! I deserve the reward of a destination marathon (we’re looking at Barbados) when most of next year will have me being a full time mom. I think to be the best person you can be for your baby – you have to take care of yourself as well. And what better way to drop some baby weight than imposing a little fear in the schedule for 2010!
I’m sure there will be many times next summer and fall that I will regret this public statement of intention for 2010 – but consider my intentions , out there!
I’ll let you know how it goes next year!