Friday, December 28, 2007

What do you think?

My friend who got me into this crazy running-thing has been on hiatus for about 2 years now. She just had a baby last month and is really excited about joining Houston Fit again and training for Houston 2009. Naturally, she wants me to train with her.

Just one tiny issue - I am having a baby in early May.

With the kiddo, I started jogging (slowly) on the treadmill at 4 weeks post baby. If things go as well with this little bean, I would not really start jogging again until June. Marathon training starts in July. I'm not sure I will be up to par to train for a full that quickly. A half perhaps, but a full?

Am I being a wuss here?

I know Paula Radcliff ran (and won) the NYC marathon only 9 months after having a baby. But, she is an elite athlete. There is no comparison as far as I'm concerned. Not to mention that July will be crunch time for my final semester at school. The seminar class I am taking is supposed to be a killer. That, paired with my elective, will not be fun. So, that means my "training" wouldn't really begin until August (after I am all done!). And, training with 2 kiddos...well, that is going to be a bit trickier than training with one.

I'll be honest...I'm not even sure I want to train for a 2009 marathon. I thought I did, but I really don't miss training. I do miss running with my peeps, because I am more of a social runner. :-) But, I don't miss the early mornings, running in the Houston heat, the sore muscles and injuries. Of course, I still enjoy getting out there and running...even if I am much slower these days. I suspect that by the time the baby is here, I will be longing to get out of the house and run as much as possible. By then, I will be going through withdrawals! But, I also know I want to throw in some cycling and swimming. I guess I have a little time to re-evaluate. Until then, I'll keep doing my little shuffle on the treadmill. :-)

Speaking of...

Workout Stats
12/26- Treadmill "run" - 30 minutes, 12:50 pace, 1/1 intervals

8 comments:

elf said...

Hey,

I have some probably pretty long-winded thoughts on the subject, as I've been in the same situation. If you're interested, drop me a line...my email address is on the HARRA website if you don't still have it.

Erin

Viv said...

I am a total newbie so ya know I got no comment. I love the adding cycling and swimming in the mix. I am looking into a training program to try a tri (hehehe) this year. It has a steep price tag so we will see. Way to go with the workout!!

jamoosh said...

See how you feel! Join the Hou Fit Half Training Group and see how you are doing after the first couple of weeks. If you are up to it - move to a Full Group - if not, stick with the half!

So simple it is brillaint!

K said...

As a mom of 6, I can say that each baby's time goes by so quickly. Take the time you need to enjoy and bond with your newest little one. I like jamoosh's suggestion. You can always move up to the Full if you decide to try the half.

Then again, finding some 5 and 10Ks to run might be fun!

Margo said...

I agree with Jamoosh. I don't even want to think of training for 2009 just yet!

Randy - Maniac #788 said...

Suggestion...look into Galloways method of run/walk for the marathon. I did a 1 minute run/1 minute walk for my first marathon and still finished in under 6 hours and it wasn't that physically demanding on the body. Congratulations on the baby. And...happy new year...

Marcy said...

I like Jamoosh's idea. Half and then if you feel good upgrade. Running around keeping track of 2 will totally prepare you :P

J~mom said...

I would just wait and see how you are doing afterwards. I like the idea of starting out training for the half and moving up!