Posted: 01/12/2016 at 16:01
I've signed up for the Stirling Marathon too - my kids are 8 and 5, and I will be 50 next year (although I'm still in denial about that.....).
The bottom line is that you will never have enough time for marathon training unless you make the time - a bit like you will never be able to afford to have children.
My training plan is currently 5 miles on a Wednesday morning (my day off work and the kids are now both at school), parkrun on a Saturday and a long one on a Sunday morning - hubby takes the girls to rugby, and I run from the house to the training ground and meet them there.
This week I did 5 miles on Sunday, and I plan to increase it by taking a different route each week, so I will be leaving the house before they do as time goes on. I'll increase the Wednesday run up to a maximum of 10 over the winter, and will volunteer to do course clear up at parkrun (running round the route picking up flags and cones) to get a mile or two more in. In addition, if I can get out for a run at lunchtime from work (we have a shower), I can maybe get one or two extra 3-milers in a week, depending on how busy I am.
You do need to be more organised when you have kids (in all parts of your life) but it is doable. If you are half-marathon fit at the moment (I'm not, but I have been in the past), then you have a good base to work from. Keeping fit and having aspirational goals is not a "luxury" in my book - it sets a good example to your kids and is great stress relief - which is certainly useful with toddlers!