I have been doing a lot of thinking lately, about my life, my family, my priorities. I went through a "I need more me time" phase and kept trying to find more things for me to do that were soley for me. Running is one of them and so is school and hanging out with friends and/or people at church. It has all started to add up to a lot of "me time." And as the training ramps up for the marathon, even more time away from my family is required. I suppose I could get up early and go before anyone is awake, but then I'd be a zombie and wouldn't be able to focus on school as well.
I have decided that, for now, I will not be running any marathons. I think training for a half marathon is about as much as I can successfully juggle. Maybe once I am finished with school and the kids are a bit older I can start training again. But for now, its about priorities and a marathon isn't at the top of my list.
I'll still be running and working out, but not as many miles or hours spent away from my loved ones.