Here's the thing: I am seriously considering running a marathon next fall.
Since I started to run, I have ALWAYS said that I would NEVER run a full marathon. Why would I want to put my body through the kind of torture? Why would I want to run for 5 hours straight (because I'm sure that is how long it will take me)? Who has the time to run for 4 hours every week or two for training?
Earlier this year, I was inspired to do run a marathon by Christy. She invited me to do the DisneyWorld Marathon with her again in 2011 and I was seriously planning on it and working towards it - and then I found out that I was pregnant. I was disappointed about the marathon, but excited for the baby (since we had been trying for a year and I was about to go visit my doctor about it).
Within the last month, the idea of running a marathon has kept coming back to me. I would really like to try it, at least once... just to say that I did it, and then I can go back to half marathons (I love the distance - it challenges you without putting SO much strain on your body). And I've thought about it so much, that I've already picked out the race that I want to do. The St. George Marathon. It's a lottery to get in (you apply in April, I think) and if I don't get in... I already have a back-up race in mind.
The only thing that would stop me is the fact that I will have an infant for all of the training and the race. It won't be easy to train.
So - anyone out there that has run a marathon within a year after giving birth? Is it not as hard as I think it will be or is it harder than I think it will be? Should I go for it or should I stick to half marathons and save it for another couple of years down the road, when I won't be working full-time plus staying up nights with a baby?