If any of you follow me on twitter, you know I've been torn recently. Last year, my sister and I entered the lottery for the New York City Marathon. I just did it for fun, and of course, I got it. I deferred my entry, since the marathon was a month after my due date, and just sort of forgot about it.
Fast forward to last week, where I get an email from the NYC marathon saying "don't forget, you have a guaranteed entry for this year's marathon!" It got me thinking a little.
I have never imagined that I would run a marathon. Yes, I ran a 70.3, but to me, doing three sports for an extended period of time is a lot easier than doing one sport for an extended period of time. Running for over four hours has never been that appealing to me.
BUT, if there was any year to train for a marathon, this would be it. I wouldn't have to juggle training with working. I would just have to pop Zoey in the stroller and hit the path. Yes, the weather could interfere with it (how cold can the temperature be and still be able to run with a baby?? anyone know??) and I may have to stop to feed her on some longer runs (if I couldn't leave her at home with Matt and a bottle), but those things aside, I really have nothing but time this year. One big downside is the price. $347 for international runners. Ouch. But I could probably save up and try to expedia the crap out of some hotels. It would be a pricey trip, but it would be fun to be in the city we honeymooned two years later as a family.
So after looking up some training programs, I saw one that was doable that was 18 weeks. That got me thinking, the Calgary Marathon is 19 weeks away. And a shiny new route is in store for this year (with a big unveiling today!). So, maybe I could run the Calgary marathon this May, and then run NYC in November. Why not run two marathons in one year when I never thought I would ever do one. Am I insane??
What are your thoughts? Can I train with a baby? Can my body handle it? How slow will I be? So many questions!