Boston Registration MADNESS!!

Boston Registration MADNESS!!

27 weeks pregnant!

Yesterday registration for the 115th Boston Marathon opened. 8 hours later Registration was closed- in record time! CRAZY!!

I went on to register in the morning as planned. For the past 8 months I have planned on registering and the “deferring” my entry to April, 2012. According to the website, you could defer one time. This year they changed the deferment policy and as of this Boston Marathon you can no longer defer. So, if I don’t run it in April 2011 I will have to re-qualify and do it all over again!

Once I found this out I had to make some quick decisions. Could I even consider running a marathon 15 weeks after giving birth via c-section?? I like to plan things and be prepared but this is way out there. I got out my calendar and looked at the dates. There are a lot of “Ifs” with this whole scenario. First of all, Ashton’s health is most important. Lord willing, he will arrive full-term and healthy. That is our number one goal. Secondly, my health, recovery and safety is the next concern. I cannot even consider doing this if I am not recovering and healthy myself. IF (and that is a huge if) both of these concerns are going well here is the plan…

Take 4 weeks off completely after the delivery. Once my OB gives me the green light to exercise I will start slow and work my way up. I know I will need to start with walking and slowly integrate jogging. After taking 4 weeks off I will have 9-10 weeks of actual training. The goal of this training will NOT be to set a PR or even attempt a fast race. The goal will be to finish SAFELY. I may need to run/ jog/ walk. If at any point I need to drop-out I will do so. My sister who lives in CT will be jogging it with me (beginning at mile 2) and I will have my cell phone with me. I think I will need to stop around mile 15 to nurse Ashton because I am pretty sure my body won’t be able to go that long without nursing or pumping. My babies are usually fast nursers and I’ll just have to be ok with a quick 5 minute stop to nurse.

SO…. that is the big Runner Mom news of the week. In the meantime, I am still running. My pace is pretty steady around 10:15 min. miles. I am still hitting about 15 miles a week. I am hoping to keep this up but we’ll just have to see how long. It is still hard to imagine running in a marathon in 6 months but we’ll just have to take it one step at a time!

That’s all for now…

~Runner Mom 🙂

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