Time with Family vs. Marathon!!!
And for me the Marathon up next is Boston... When my Dad died I took a long look at my life, my priorities and how I spend my time. When I missed registering for Boston because we were planning his funeral arrangements I took it as a sign.. And my back and forth began..
HERE IS HOW IT WENT:
-You did not get into Boston, that is a sign that it is best you don't do it this year.
-Jill got you an entry, that is a sign you should do it.
-Las Vegas Marathon was tough, maybe you need a break.
-Boston is something to look forward to and Dad would not want you to quit.
-Muscle Man wants to train for a Half Marathon, you should focus on helping him train and time with family.
-You can run Boston for those who may never be able to and tell the story so they can be there with you.
-It is too much pressure, too much time, too much money, I am not sure that I have it in me right now.
-But what if you never qualify again? This is the time to do it for YOU.
-Boston Entry came, that is a sign.
-Invitational Entry is $250!!! Why is it twice the price, UGH!!
-Bethany and Ryan at "Our Love on the Run" HERE have offered to host so you are already saving $$$. It would just be the flight, entry fee and some spending money..
-Email to friends asking their thoughts, 50/50 reply, but the overall consensus is "go with your heart/gut."
-My heart is still a little tender and my gut is out of shape... DECISION making ability is not a strength right now.
-Ask Mom.. Mom thinks I should do it. I told her I felt guilty like my running had taken away time with Dad... She reminded me that they were off traveling the country enjoying their hobbies..
-Ask Muscle Man...
Ultimately I realized that I wanted his approval, for my partner in life to tell me that it is OK for me to spend the time, money and effort reaching for a dream.. And he DID!!
- Moral of the story?? As a Mom and Runner having the love and support from your partner is the first step in fully committing to Marathon training. I am BLESSED to have a husband who cooks "CARBO LOADING" meals on Friday nights, accepts that I wont be there on Saturday mornings and will massage my tired legs on a lazy Sunday. Does it take away time and money from the family? Yes... But I believe that through my passion I am giving back so much more..
- What Decisions do you struggle with?
- How do you ultimately come to a conclusion?