Training for a Marathon or 70.3 is not an easy task to take on. You have to dedicate a lot of time and you need to have the dedication to take on the task and grueling hours ahead, but when your husband goes away for what seems like ALL the time, it is even harder, and when one of the kids gets sick, whatever plan you have, it goes out of the window. It is not easy but it has to get done.
I know I married a military/FDNY man and I knew from the early years that he will be gone for long periods of times. Having a plan to do what you need to do is where your success will lay.
I make a lot of mistakes training for my first marathon because I was more focus on putting the miles than putting the work. Quality vs quantitive. I didn’t run smart and that set of mind got me hurt. This time around I am trying to not stress out about the run, swim that did’t happen, instead I am trying to focus on being proactive. I know my husband is going away and I know he has to work so I will just have to plan accordantly with that. I don’t own a treadmill or pool big enough that I can do laps, and remember I live in NYC, outside pool is closed, so the run and swim will happen when Lucas goes to pre-school, which allows me two hours. The bike can happen in the basement with the trainer and when I can’t get to the pool or run, I can always lift and work out in my basement while my kids play.
when I am scheduling training, I also have to take into consideration that my kids play sports, not one or two but four and that’s not counting school activity.
Relying on others so you can train, can be very stressful since everybody works and after coming home from a long day at work, no one want to watch two kids that will give you a run for your money so you can “train”. I am very lucky to have grandma and papa that will take my boys any day when I really need them and usually I will go for a run but this is not an everyday thing.
But it is not about making the excuses of how it is going to get done, it is about getting it done and the 70.3 miles are not going to swim,bike or run themselves. So lets get it done!