Before the Marine Corps Marathon last October, I swore I’d never run another one. Training took a huge toll on our family and on my mind(surprisingly, my body held up quite well). I felt like I spent every moment of my free time running. I leaned heavily on my parents to watch the kids when I went to visit and Beer Geek took two days off work so that I could do my 20 mile runs without taking over the whole weekend. I spent a ton of money on babysitters so that I could get the longer midweek run in without conflicting with soccer or our normal evening routine.
As I crossed the finish line, I said to myself “I never have to do this again.” A few days later, I promised Beer Geek I wouldn’t run another one until Shoo was in school. I also knew I didn’t want to do another fall marathon as I HATED doing long runs in the Virginia heat. I’d much rather run in freezing cold or snow than in hot humid weather.
In September, Shoo starts a three day a week program. He’ll be at school for about four hours a day on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Beer Geek and I have agreed that the next two years are my “reward” years for surviving five years of minimal time to myself (really, 7.5 years, but I occasionally took mental health days back when I had a job). I get two years with a decent chunk of time each week to do whatever I want to do. Once Shoo starts kindergarten, I’ll need to think about some kind of paid employment.
So, what is it I want to do? I’m not sure. I’ve made some commitments to both boys’ schools. I have 1001 projects to do around the house. I’ve considered volunteering at a library to begin to bring my skills back up to date. I’ve also considered taking a few classes to make up for 5 years of being out of my career field, but I’m not sure I want to go back to what I did in the past (managing the technical services (cataloging, purchasing, electronic services contracts) for a large library) or if I want to find a library position that is more flexible/kid friendly.
Anyways, the big question is where does another marathon fit in. I figured out that I could do my long runs on Tuesday, do a hill workout Wednesday when Beer Geek gets home, do a shorter long run on Friday, and then do speedwork on Sunday. That would leave Thursday free to do the 1245987 things I need to get done.
Add in the fact that I haven’t found a marathon that I really WANT to do and I’m sitting over here going “eh?”
I ran an impromptu tempo run today. It started off crappy because I was in a mood and apparently need to stop running in the shoes I had on. After a 9:36 first mile (which was fine, I was going for easy), I ended up doing an 8:57 second mile without noticing until Garmin beeped. I decided to push a little bit for mile 3 (8:35) and then slow it down for mile 4 (9:18). All in all, it was a nice run that helped pull me out of my funk.
Now if I could just figure out what I want to be when I grow up…