Yeah. I'm all about conquering challenges and doing more than you ever thought possible, but this new mom has got to be reasonable. Here's what I'm thinking. The Seaside half-marathon is probably not going to be a PR. And surprisingly enough, I'm okay with that. There is a new half in the area at the end of March and I could run that one for a PR (maybe). There is also a marathon at the end of April that Jason and I may do. And while I do have to train for these distances, I don't have to PR. I'm kind of pumped simply to be running these distances again and I want to sort of bask in that for a while.
Part of the reason I'm changing my mind on this is because of Eloise. I want to enjoy every minute with her. I don't want to spend those minutes worrying over my training plan. Or my weekly mileage numbers. Or the size of my pants. I just want to enjoy being her mom. I also want to enjoy running. Yes, I'm going to train for that half-marathon, but I may adjust my goal a tad. Do I think I can run a 1:40 half-marathon? Yes I do. I'm just not sure it can happen with only a month and a half of training left and I don't want to make myself crazy. I want to enjoy Eloise and running, and I don't want to go nuts if I'm tired due to crazy nights with her or if the weather is unfavorable for a few days.
I'm still going to train for these upcoming races and let Jillian Michaels kick my butt for 30 days, but my focus has shifted just a bit and I'm cutting myself a little slack. I've run two 10 milers and they were good but tough. My easy runs are not quite at 9:00 pace and that is where they need to be (and feel easy). I do think I can sharpen that pace some by March, but I'm not sure I can get to a 7:40 pace for 13.1 miles by then and that is what it would take for a 1:40 finish time. I think I can get there, but I'm going to need more time than what I've allotted myself for this race.
So there you have it. Just making a little adjustment to my goals, and I'm happy with it for now.