So, I haven't run in a week.
I was out of it most of the week with a cold and ear issues, causing me to nap most days and generally use it as an excuse not to run. Okay, maybe it wasn't that bad, but I still gave myself a few more "rest" days than I probably needed. I'm finally feeling better, although I still can't fully hear out of my right ear, and ready to jump in with both feet- all with a fresh running program to try out.
My friend Brian suggested the Smart Coach feature on runnersworld.com and I love that it only has me running 3 days a week, giving room in the schedule for cross training like walking and biking, without feeling guilty about not running my brains out. I think I am going to enjoy this program much better and I have always said my ultimate goal is to simply complete the marathon without dying or coming in last. I have no desire to run my fastest ever, compete with anyone else's time, or qualify for Boston. This is for me and me alone, to complete a long-time goal. I admit I was bummed last week after gettting sick and not running on a couple of days I should have. I think something had shifted in my attitude and the goal was not as fun anymore because I was stressing out so much about not being able to fit in EVERY run. I understand I have a lot of other things on my plate right now (being a wife and mother, keeping up with the house, flying, and school), but running and this goal is something I just don't want to give up on... luckily I have the full and complete support of Rick as well, otherwise I would never be able to do it.
So, wish me luck in my new training. Still about 10 weeks to go until the big day and I am confident that I can be ready.