Last May, when I finally qualified for Boston, I knew actually running Boston might not be an option. My son was turning 3 in July and our family was ready to start expanding. I told myself that, really all I wanted to do was qualify. And don't get me wrong, that's still an accomplish that will NOT get old.
However, as our family tried to expand, we were initially unsuccessful, I used the idea of running Boston as my consolation prize. If ti was going to take a while for this to happen, at least I could still run Boston... Well, just as I was starting to think this way, I got back a positive result on a pregnancy test. I couldn't believe it, so I took another the next day. And hooray! There it was we were finally pregnant. In my head, I had myself at a June due date, but when I calculated it, my due date was May 9th. I could hardly believe it! The idea of Boston was still in my head as signs ups were only 3 weeks away, but I wasn't sure what I would do. I was just too excited.
Then the sign up date for Boston came. I still hadn't been to my OB, as it was about a week too early. I honestly didn't think too hard about it. I've tried to qualify for 10 marathons. I ran my whole pregnancy with Gregory. And I know I would feel no shame in not finishing. So, I did it, I signed up for Boston at which I will be 8+ months pregnant. It certainly will be an adventure.
So how's running been going? Pretty good. Very slow. Since getting pregnant, I've run 3 half marathons, one of them pushing Gregory. By the way, that was super hilly and I kind of hated myself at parts of the run.
I've had some low mileage weeks where I've stuck more to strength training than running, but I've been consistent about working out about 5 days a week. Running is starting to get more regular this week and if today goes as planned, I'll be at my first 30+ mileage week since getting pregnant. I've been trying to keep one 10 miler or more a week and that seems to be working out.
So what's my plan for training for Boston. Honestly, I don't have one. I certainly don't plan on putting in 65 mile weeks like I did last year. I also don't plan on multiple 20 milers or speed sessions. I want to finish Boston. I want to get us there safely. I don't care if I walk most of it. Therefore, I'd like to get in some 15 milers or so leading up to the race. Teaching keeps me on my feet almost all day and I think that actually helps with being able to stay on my feet for long enough to finish the race. I still haven't decided if I'll come up with an actual run/walk strategy or if I just want to play it by ear.
It's certainly going to be an adventure and I look forward to sharing it with you!