A marathon this year or not. I have been on the every other year plan in terms of training and running a marathon. At least one of kids wants me to do Chicago again this year. I have been thinking a lot about doing it again, but I would need to register for it now. It is difficult to know how things are going to be with my dad from day to day – let alone in 6 months. I have not had the peace about committing time, energy and resources into something 6 months out. It is not just committing my time to train and run – it affects my husband and kids as well. They are willing to let me have the time to train – but with all that is going on with my dad – it makes planning ahead so much harder.
So this year I am going to refrain from running a marathon and work on speed and overall conditioning. I hope to run at least one 20 mile race either in May or September. If I can get some good training runs in before May – I might do both. I am hoping to get my mile times fast enough to run a 4.5 hour marathon – almost good enough to qualify for Boston.
It was a hard decision to make, but I feel good about it and the family is OK with it – even though one is still pushing for Chicago again (maybe next year). And I am glad I made the decision before yesterday. I almost always sit Asian style with my legs underneath me. Yesterday I was sitting on the floor outside the room where my youngest son has his violin lessons and when I started to get up, my left knee was extremely painful. I didn’t think I was going to make it up and needed some assistance from the door handle to pull myself up. Where it was the most painful seems a bit mysterious to me. It doesn’t hurt when I run – but I will need to get it checked out. Hopefully it won’t be a long healing process. It is still painful when I bend my knee today. I will be bracing or wrapping it just as a reminder to be careful.