So, since I’ve been so scattered with my recaps and blog posts, I am not even sure of when the last time I mentioned the fact that I am training for a full marathon. Not just any marathon, but the Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany. Yes, this is one of the six Abbott World Marathon Major events. The others are Chicago (completed in 2006), Boston (completed in 2016), Tokyo, London and New York.
I was not planning on running a full marathon this year. When I was pregnant with Andy, I had told myself that the first year after having him would be just focusing on getting back with running and try to do some decent half marathons. Fast forward to November 2017, approximately one month after Andy was born. Dan comes home from race team and tells me that Runners Soul would be doing a travel group to the Berlin Marathon next September and that we should do it. That’s right—my husband was the one who said we should do it (mind you he hadn’t ran a full marathon yet at this point…) I would still be on maternity leave, so really…..we couldn’t say no!
I did my winter and spring running, getting my legs back at it and began to feel more confident in my postpartum body. The training for Berlin would begin a week after the Red Deer Marathon weekend. I decided to roughly use my same training calendar that I used when I ran Vancouver 2015 and qualified for Boston.
Pushing the running stroller is no joke. It is definitely helping me with resistance training! I usually run with the running stroller 3 times a week. On my speed workout days, I try to wait until Dan gets home from work and then do those runs on my own. And when we do our long runs on the weekend, Dan and I run together and alternate every mile or two with the stroller.
Berlin is less than 2 months away. I feel ready, yet I don’t. The reason why I didn’t want to do a full marathon in my first year postpartum was because I knew I would be hard on myself with the actual result. Yes, I realize I had a baby less than a year ago, but I don’t want to go out there and be a shell of my former self. My dream goal is to qualify for Boston again. The weekend Berlin falls can count for the 2020 Boston Race, and at that race I am 35 and will be up an age group. So the fact that I get an extra five minutes to my qualifying time makes me think there actually is a sliver of hope that I could do it.
I need a sub 3:40 to qualify. My personal best is a 3:24.56, which was a 7:49 pace. I am setting my sights on a sub 3:35 in Berlin, which would be a pace of about 8:11. I can run 20 seconds slower per mile than I did back in 2015 and be able to qualify for Boston. Seems doable, right?
But I also need to mentally prepare myself for if it doesn’t work out. I can’t let potentially not qualifying ruin the rest of the trip. I also do need to keep telling myself that YOU JUST HAD A BABY IN THE LAST YEAR and the fact that I am even going out there to do this event is pretty bad ass. I am just going to keep picking away at my training calendar and hope that all the running I did while pregnant and all the running I am doing pushing Andy in his stroller will help me achieve the dream result-a return to Boston.