I don't have any set plans when it comes to running here on out. It's no secret that I want more babies. I want that more than I want more marathon medals. So since I'll be back on a running hiatus when I'm pregnant again, I see no point in making any big plans.
But I do have a plan, crazy though it may be, in my back pocket . . . just in case.
I've been trying to increase my pace. Right now I can comfortably run just under an 11 minute pace, sometimes close to 10:30. I want to still run a 5k under 30 minutes, which means my pace has to average 9:39. If I stay diligent, I could get there in a couple months.
To qualify for the Boston marathon I'd have to finish a marathon in 3 hours & 40 minutes. That would have me averaging a 8:23 pace.
I'd love to run the same marathon I last did, which is every October. This marathon is also a Boston qualifier. Training would begin about mid-June. That gives me 4 months to increase my pace by over 2 minutes per mile.
If I'm not pregnant by June I will likely start training. I may as well continue with what I'm doing & not surround my life around the possibility of pregnancy. I used to do that & it was just a stressful way to live.
So through the summer I would train for the marathon. In October I would run it & meet my goal & qualify for Boston. But then I still want another baby so Lord willing I would get pregnant soon after. That would mean I wouldn't run Boston in 2012. But that's ok. You know why? Because when you qualify for Boston it's good for 18 months! So I could get pregnant soon after, have the baby, start training at 6 weeks post-partum & run Boston in 2013. My pace wouldn't matter by then since I've already qualified so whatever I do post-partum would be fine.
It's probably a crazy idea. This is the kind of stuff I think about when I'm having a really good run. It makes me feel like I can do anything. But I can't completely count it out. It was during a really good run that I decided I could even run a marathon.