- Indianapolis Mini Marathon: Achieved my goal and basked in my hard-earned success for weeks, and
- Portland Marathon (my first ever marathon): DNS. Yes, my racing season ended in June, months before Portland.
Of course, the Master Plan went through many revisions, including the addition of another, tragic marathon in June which resulted in me being injured from June through October.
I pushed it too hard. I was using the Furman First, Run Less, Run Faster training program and loved the intensity of it but my body cried uncle after 5 straight months with essentially no break. I trained hard and was surprisingly compliant with the rigorous schedule despite all the other challenges in life that demand our time and energy.
So why was I pushing so hard? A sense of urgency. I had a lot to accomplish in 2011 because the Master Plan 2012 includes some big changes. 2011 was my year to get it all done.
I added the Seattle RNR Marathon as my first full for two reasons:
- I was impatient. I was feeling so good with the RLRF training, I really wanted to dive in and start marathon training. After the Indy Mini, I felt I could accomplish anything!
- Boston Marathon qualifying times were becoming more stringent in Sept. 2011. Portland was AFTER the new standards would be in place and I wanted my shot before the tough got tougher.
Yup. That's why I needed to cram so much into one year, one race, and why it hurt so bad, why it was so devastating to have it all fall apart 14 miles into my marathon. My big race where I was on a sub-BQ pace and feeling great.
Do you wonder what color the sky was in my fantastical world when I was dreaming up this big plan? I do!
Making time to run with TWO kids is possible (THANK YOU blogging, running parents out there for inspiration, showing how it can be done), but I know from #1 that the first six months (at least) is ROUGH.
No sleep = no energy = no running.
I have feared that after #2 comes (date undetermined as not preg YET), I really won't know how soon I will get to start training again or how seriously I will be able to train. It may sound petty to worry about this when we're talking about the incredible joy of having a child, but I NEED to run. I need to run and need to make challenges for myself, especially since having a child.
So there it is. A confession of a delusional running mom who wanted it all before life got a bit crazier and more unpredictable.
I don't want to give up on running goals for 2012 even with life (my BODY) taking a big turn but I am still thinking about the Master Plan. (Kim, I plan on planning some early 2012 races!) One thing I do know, I hope to channel Zoe and run throughout my pregnancy!