I ran my first marathon when my three boys were aged 6, 4 and 4. When I said I wanted to run a marathon my husband laughed and said I couldn't do it and 10 marathons later he's still not especially supportive. But I feel that I am a good role model for my children and when I am at home (also work full time) I am there when my children need me. It's just as much about quality time as it is quantity.
To cut a long story short, I suggest you try to make your training fit into your life and keep at it. The rewards are fantastic. My boys told me only recently that they were very proud of me. So go ahead and make your children proud! Good luck.
I have just signed up for hamburg marathon again in 2014 and this will be the fifth time I have run it. Hamburg is a great run - really well organized, nice and flat and a fantastic crowd. I would heartily recommend it.
Sorry to hear you have the lurgy, yer_maj. At least you know what caused your bad Monday.
I don't listen to anything but I often have songs or music running through my head. I can't seem to get along with keeping things in my ears when I am running. I did once have a Walkman though and really enjoyed listening to my Madness or Duran Duran tapes.