I made a list of 11 goals for 2011 only to give you 10. I told you to stay tuned. But I did it with good intentions because my No. 1 for 2011 is big. Huge.
In 2011, I want to be more like Kara Goucher.
She runs marathons, like, super fast – she was third at Boston in 2009. She’s an Olympian, having participated in the 2008 Beijing Games. She’s uber dedicated to running and passionate about the sport. And she might just be the nicest person you’ll ever meet (I met her at RnR Chicago).
But you’re not going to find me in Boston in April. You won’t see me in London in 2012. And, depending on my mood, whether I’m even nice is questionable.
So … just how do I want to be more like Kara Goucher?
I want to be like Kara Goucher in the mom sort of way.
Yes, jelly beans, I am with child. Pregnant. Knocked up. I have a bun in the oven. A member of the pudding club.
The blessed child is due July 13, which puts me at the very end of my first trimester. While I haven’t a hard time of it so far – no morning sickness – it hasn’t been easy so to speak. I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that all I want to do is sleep and eat (seriously, I am hungry ALL THE TIME) and I will gain weight (5-ish pounds so far).
It’s also the reason I’ve been slowing down, the reason I’ve been focusing on shorter distances, the reason I cry on my runs. But I am determined to run. Until the doctor tells me to toss the sneakers, I will be out on the trails trying, at least, to do my thing.