So I was right. I was right because I knew that I'd get behind on running with hubby gone. And the end of last week was ugly, training-wise.
I had to skip my Thursday run because of fatigued legs. Then I planned to run Friday evening, but hubby's plane was super late and he missed his fun date with the kiddos to Elmo's Super Heroes. It was a blast, but my heart was broken for my sad hubby sitting in an airport missing out on the fun. Then my long run went away completely. Not because of exhaustion or illness or anything of the sort, but simply because I didn't WANT to. I didn't want to leave my family and miss out on waking up and snuggling them all together in our huge bed. So we spent the entire weekend together, I didn't get one moment of exercise in until hubby left again, and it was all totally worth it!
And this week, I start over. Brand new, refreshed legs ready for the jogger. Excitement towards my race, added with a bit of panic in losing a 21 mile run. Fortunately I'm ahead of my schedule because I planned for setbacks, and I can do it this weekend. Easter weekend, while visiting family. Not ideal, but it'll have to do. I've had to bow out of my trail half on this Saturday because of an unexpected (but exciting) family event on Friday, but it'll allow for a long killer run on Saturday now. Again, totally worth it!
The moral of the story for those of you thinking about taking on a new race distance and new training program--start your program 2-3 weeks ahead of what it requires (my program was 18 weeks, but I started 20 weeks prior) and build in some mama time. You'll need it. And you'll be so glad you have it!