As many of you know at this point, I didn’t get to run the Boston Marathon this year. Of course, now that the news is out it was for a wonderful reason. However, that didn’t mean it was hard to let go of my dream this year.

The thing is this dream is still very much alive. I like to look at my dream of running Boston as a delayed dream instead of one that is gone. The truth is, it may be delayed until next year or it may be delayed well beyond that – we do not yet know.

I know that I made the right decision not running this year. As we drove to Boston, I wasn’t really at peace with my decision yet. I’d seen so many pregnant women out there running and I kept thinking – why couldn’t I be like that?! I knew I was very early on in my pregnancy, which was what made me the most uncomfortable. Had I already been in my 2nd trimester I would have run to enjoy it.

After watching the marathon and seeing so many struggle with the heat and conditions, I knew I had made the right decision. It made it a bit easier to come to terms with, but there was a part of me that was a little sad I didn’t get to run my dream race.

The dream deferred.

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My husband knows how important this race is to me. He has been so supportive in helping me keep my attitude up and focused on the possibilities that lay ahead. I wish I had a definite plan to tell you all, but as of now most of what we have discussed is just talk.

My due date is 12/5 so I imagine I’ll have this precious baby sometime the first 2 weeks of December. From there, at minimum there will be an 8 week recovery window. That’s ideal and assuming there are no complications. That would then put me around early February to start running. If I want to take a chance at running Boston 2017 it would give me 2.5 months to train.

It sounds doable, and yes it is a goal for me, but I’m not putting pressure on it to make it happen. The main reason is I want my focus to be on having a healthy pregnancy and baby. If everything works out that I can then run Boston – great! If not, there will be some disappointment but I know that it won’t be the end of the world. I honestly haven’t even thought too much about it besides trying to keep up a running base while I can when pregnant.

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My coach recommended anywhere from 2-6 miles during the week, and then longer on the weekends depending on how I feel. That seemed doable to me, and that is what I have been aiming for since I started back running again. I realize at some point things may change, so I’m focusing on fitting in what I can while I can. I also try to incorporate cross training (specifically spinning) at least 2-3 times per week.

So there you have it. That is where my Boston Dream stands. There is still a possibility it will happen but there is also a possibility I’ll have go back and re-qualify. I’m trying not to stress about it and take it a day at a time. I’ll train to keep a base and reevaluate after I’m cleared to run again.

Life happens and sometimes it brings us things even more wonderful than we could imagine!

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