***My typical weekly update is several days overdue… and I’m making you wait another day or two (sorry, Unkey!), but it’s drafted and almost ready to post. Just need some belly pictures! Here’s a blurry self-portrait from the gym to carry you over:
So Bob, baby cakes, we love you so much. You’re kicking and wiggling around all the time now, which is super cool (except when it’s right on my bladder, you sweet little stinker)! You’re doing a good job of making sure I don’t forget about you for a second. Ever. But I need a break from baby talk. I want to talk running…
If you don’t have a crazy runner in your life, you might not know that fall race season is winding down. The air is cool and crisp and marathons on my bucket list have been taking place every weekend. I absolutely love reading marathon race recaps from other running bloggers… but it’s also surprisingly hard for me to read them… because I really really really miss it!
Long before we got pregnant, I had dreams of running through pregnancy. I was naive enough to believe that running with a baby-on-board wouldn’t be much different and that if I “put my mind to it,” I could just do it. Simple as that.
Well, at 26 weeks pregnant, I admit, I was a total idiot. The root of my optimism was based on my misconception that pregnancy would just feel natural. Truthfully, it’s felt anything but easy. I spend a tremendous amount of time on pregnancy websites, reassuring myself that all of these weird pregnancy symptoms are normal. And really, that’s the perfect word for it: this business of growing a human is weird — and a blessing! — but also so weird!
With all that said, I’m afraid my pregnant running days may be numbered. Running is feeling increasingly uncomfortable and the walking portions of my workouts are starting to supersede the run intervals. It’s much sooner than I’d hoped and I can’t help feeling sad about it, but baby comes first.
Rather than wallow, I’m going to channel that love it/miss it feeling into looking forward to next year’s “Comeback Races!”
The first, most obvious, and most convenient big guy is the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon on 6/2/2013. I’ve run this awesome race every year since we moved to San Diego four years ago (WHAT?!?!?)!
Buuut it’s only 15 weeks after our due date… I might not be cleared to resume running for 6 weeks or so post-delivery, which means, if we deliver late and I have to take those full 6 weeks off, I could end up with only 7 weeks to train. Not to mention the whole adjustment-to-having-a-newborn-baby-thing. (That’ll be a total cinch, right?) So, marathon? = Not realistic. Comeback half marathon? = Bring it on!
06/02/2013: Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon
This means, I want to shoot for a comeback full in the fall, which brings me back to my (very conservative) Marathon Bucket List (*I say “conservative,” because, let’s be honest, if marathons were free and all the travel expenses were covered, I’d do any/every single one that fell into my lap):
- 04/07/2013: SLO Marathon (San Luis Obispo, CA)
- 04/15/2013: Boston Marathon (MA) ***Need to Qualify + Sells Out!
- 04/28/2013: Big Sur Marathon (Carmel, CA) ***Sells Out!
- 06/16/2013: San Francisco Marathon (CA)
- 10/05/2013: St. George Marathon (UT) ***Downhill + Sells Out!
- 10/06/2013: Portland Marathon (OR)
- 10/06/2013: Chicago Marathon (IL) ***Sells Out!
- 10/20/2013: Columbus Marathon (OH)
- 11/10/2012: Santa Barbara International Marathon (CA)
- 12/02/2012: California International Marathon (Sacramento, CA) ***Downhill
We’re already gearing up for (James + Suzie = ) Jay-zie’s wedding in Columbus on 11/30, so we’ll be traveling back to the Midwest for Thanksgiving next year. While the Chicago and Columbus marathons are high priority on my list, they probably won’t be realistic targets for the fall of 2013, so I’ve narrowed down three more practical options — all within driving distance of us here in San Diego!:
- Santa Clarita Marathon: *11/03/2013
- Santa Barbara Marathon: *11/09/2013
- Malibu Marathon: *11/10/2013
I’m not signing up for any of these just yet, but Santa Barbara’s my top contender, because it’s a new-to-me event; we’ve never been to SB and have heard it’s beautiful; plus, the course looks pretty mostly flat, with some mild, rolling hills (= smells like PR-potential to me!).
… On the other hand, I won’t pretend that I’m not going to spend hours and hours weighing the pros and cons of all my options before zeroing in on The One that will be my “Comeback Marathon.” But for now, I feel good about the handful of options on my radar.
Bob, I am SO excited to run my 16th marathon as your Marathoning Mama!