Nearly a year ago I made my comeback to the marathon, nine months after having our first child. It was a great feat and something that I was incredibly proud of. Having qualified before, but not getting the chance to actually run Boston, I was thrilled to register this past September.
I secured my spot, reserved a room, and roped my mom into coming along to watch Mary while I ran another 26.2 miles.
I began training in late December and to be very honest, my heart just wasn’t in it for several reasons. One reason was that Northern Michigan kept getting pounded by snow. I would wake up most Saturdays to several new inches of fluff to trudge through. Living in a rural area, most roads don’t get plowed until later in the day. Some roads aren’t even plowed on a daily basis. During one frustrating 12 mile run, I kept going back and forth down one short road because it was mostly clear and my usual route was blocked. It was super frustrating. I have decided that the hardest part of training for Boston is dealing with the winter running conditions!
This year’s marathon also falls on Easter weekend. I wasn’t loving the idea of being away from Rock during a special family holiday. It feels like we should be together and wake up to treats for Mary from the Easter Bunny.
The main reason my heart has’t been into training is because we have been wanting to continue to build our family. We love being parents and we have been blessed with the most wonderful 19 month old. I am thrilled to say that I have chosen to opt out of running Boston because we are expecting a new member to our family early next fall.
While we are very excited by this new addition, I want to acknowledge that this can be difficult for some people to read. Starting or continuing a family is not always easy. In fact, there were many years and months in the past when I would start reading a favorite blog and feel my heart racing, knowing a pregnancy announcement was forthcoming. It wasn’t from lack of excitement for friends. It can just be very frustrating when you too are hoping/wishing for a family of your own and feeling like things might not work out.
I hope that our news can serve as hope for anyone, that patience and love can bring great things. The best advice I can possibly offer, especially for runners, is to find yourself a great team. Seek a doctor and other professionals who respect what you love and enjoy.
As for Boston, I do understand that many runners complete marathons while pregnant. I myself have done several half marathons and logged many miles in my first pregnancy. I have a fantastic new doctor in Michigan who is also a runner and was willing to consider allowing me to run this race. However, with my heart not being into training and simply wanting to enjoy being pregnant, I am going to wait for a later time to try to qualify again and run Boston. My hope is that someday in the future, I will be able to go with my whole family and make it a special trip for all of us together.
Meanwhile, I will continue running as I have been. For now, I have been able to log about 40-50 miles per week; just at a much slower pace. We have also made special plans to spend Easter weekend at one of our favorite places, as a family. Here’s hoping that the bunny remembers how much I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Eggs!