I have to admit, trying to train for a marathon in the winter with a baby-toddler is a bit of a challenge. You can’t think about whether or not you want to get out there because you might not get the chance tomorrow. My training plan has become a suggestion, because miles have to happen when weather, baby, and family conditions are in sync. Snow, wind, or extreme cold? No stroller. Nap went too long? Too dark to take the baby.
I was very spoiled for almost two months when my hubby was working from home. He was able to watch the video monitor while I crushed 10 mile Tuesdays and hour and a half workouts almost every other day. Rarely had to expose R to the elements from behind the weather shield, but hopefully she hasn’t forgotten how to enjoy a long stroller ride. Besides, getting her AND I suited up, and bundled in the stroller takes longer than running the 4 miles – full of stops and starts anyway for lost toys, mitts, and snacks. This February has been brutal for unlucky weather conditions too, conditions I actually can’t run in. In my pre-baby days, going out when it’s minus WTF outside or the snow is up to your knees didn’t phase me. If I could hack it I would…but I need to be able to take care of the most important thing in my life and I can’t take as many risks. Oh yeah, and the treadmill is broken.
It’s funny, the more I write the more I sound like I’m making excuses. Sure it was easy to make running a priority when I had a nap angel watching her, but if I really want to do a spring marathon, I have to hunker down. Moving forward, each day I will assess the outdoors and plot my miles realistically on a day-to-day basis, based on my weekly goal. Running has to be the priority, that is, after the activities that are R’s priority. Can’t miss that Tuesday Kindermusik class, but the library can wait until a colder, snowier day! 🙂