To Boston or Not to Boston
|August 20, 2013||Posted by The Fit Scoop under Uncategorized|
Hope your weeks are off to a good start! Things are good here – after a quiet weekend I’m trying to get our house in order for my family to visit this weekend. Our baby shower is Sunday, and my family is staying at our house so things are going to get hectic here shortly!
One thing I’ve been thinking about this week is the 2014 Boston Marathon. This week registration opened for the runners who started the 2013 marathon but were unable to finish due to the horrible bombings near the finish that day. Registration for regular individuals opens next month. I was actually signed up and beginning to train for the 2013 race when I found out I was pregnant and decided not to run. I am now trying to decide whether to sign up in September for next year’s race (I qualified last fall before I was pregnant).
The running coach/postnatal fitness expert side of me thinks I should definitely NOT sign up. My due date is November 13 which means that the race is only 5 months after giving birth. I know there are women who have run marathons after giving birth within that time frame (like this woman who won a marathon 6 weeks postpartum!), but I stopped running early on in pregnancy. Though I’ve been able to maintain cardiovascular fitness through low-impact activities, I’ll really need to be careful getting back to running if I want to avoid injury due to its high-impact nature. Plus, even if the return to running goes smoothly, there is the issue of having a new baby to take care of and not knowing how exhausted I may or may not be. Despite all this, the crazy runner in me wants to try to run it anyway! I can’t help but daydream about how great it would be to participate in the race next year and make it my first big post-pregnancy race.
So I’m on the fence about what to do and have a few more weeks to decide. I’ve read that interest in running next year’s race is really high so perhaps I won’t get in and it won’t even be an issue (I just barely qualified in my last marathon after a rough race). For those of you who aren’t familiar with the qualification process for the race, you have to run faster than a set time based on your age and gender. Once you have a qualifying time, there is a rolling registration process where the people who qualified with the fastest times get priority over people who qualified but ran slower times. If there is a lot of interest and they don’t expand the field, I may not get entry despite running a qualifying time.
So I don’t know yet what I will do next month. What I do know is that I definitely want to get back to Boston someday even if it isn’t next year!
Are you planning to register for Boston 2014?