I recently read an article about Kara Goucher and her up and coming plans for the next racing season. It's a short article, not a lot of detail, but it does give us insight into what she has been up to and where her head is at. As you may or may not know, Kara decided last year that she would take some time off to start a family and then get ready for the 2012 Olympics in hopes of landing on the podium. What most of us didn't know was that she gave herself a very small window in which to work that into. She tells San Diego Tribune that if she isn't pregnant by the end of April that they will give up trying because anything after that would impede on her ability to recover fully for the Olympics. Wow. I was shocked, but at the same time, I really understood where she was coming from.
I am by no means a professional runner. All of my goals and pressures are self inflicted. But right now I am really enjoying where I am at with my running. I am finally getting speedier. I know how my body reacts with certain distances. I know what I need to do in terms of training, eating, sleeping, etc to get to where I want with a key race. I am really enjoying it. But for the first time I am hearing a fellow runner (yes, I am going to caller her my fellow runner!) say that her running is important enough to her that she is willing to sacrifice being a mother for the time being. I know I have talked about this before and many of you assured me that being a runner and a mother don't have to be separate. In a way though, they do. You can't run fast while pregnant. You can't run right away after birth. And quite frankly, you are going to have to do a lot of work to get back to your pre-prego running self. Am I ready for that right now? I don't know. Will I ever be? I don't know. But I do know that I am not getting younger, and like Kara, I have other goals in my life with my career and running that I am unsure if a baby would be the right plan at the moment.
The article really got me thinking in other ways though, too. What else in our lives do we put on the scale to weigh against running? Are there things that we are waiting to do before we hit a goal race? A goal time? A goal weight? Are we wanting to run Boston first? Putting a heavy importance on one thing can be a double edged sword. But as runners, we do this every day. We make running a priority, so much so that we give up late nights with friends. We give up eating certain foods or drinking certain adult beverages :) Is it healthy? Who knows...but I do know that I have given a lot to running and sometimes it does come down to running vs. ?
I'm not going to solve my own dilemma here. I have plenty of time to make up my own mind about certain decisions. I do know though, like Kara, we all must weigh the importance of our running. Yes, she is a paid athlete. It's her job to run, and only a dream job for most of us. But her decision on certain life choices isn't any less important then our own. Is there anything in your life that you are weighing running vs. ? Or are you like me, where it's a constant balancing act. You can share here in the comment section or you can use this opportunity to think it over for yourself. I do lots of self checks in my life to make sure that I am living it to the fullest. Life is short, and I don't ever want to miss out on important things because I chose a different path.
Running is going great this week. I am exhausted and hungry alllll the time! I love it! Monday I got in 9 miles on my treadmill at home while I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's...my favorite!
9 miles 1:111:10 7:54/mi
Then yesterday I hit up the dreadmill for a quick recovery run and to finish off my movie :)
6 miles 48:12 8:01/mi
I have a half marathon in San Francisco this weekend that I am really excited about. I love racing in the City and the course looks to be challenging. It races all the way through Golden Gate Park. If you've never been there, it's quite hilly but very, very pretty. I haven't decided on any goals yet as it it's my first road race of the year. Come back Friday and I'll fill you all in!
Yes, this post was a little deeper than usual, but sometimes it's nice not to just scratch the surface of our running. I am constantly doing pro and con lists, it really can help me see the big picture and help me prioritize.
Happy Running Peeps and Happy Wednesday!!
P.S. Go on over to Tall Mom's page and check out the Recovery Sock Giveaway! But don't enter too many times, I REALLY, REALLY want to win! :)