I've made the decision to defer my entry in the Shamrock Half-Marathon to next year, 2013. I think I underestimated the amount of energy required to take care of Lily all day, every day, but the main reason I am deferring is because I have, not one, but TWO ingrown toenails that are in the excruciatingly slow process of growing out. Hopefully I won't need to have them cut out. Just before Christmas I saw my doctor for the third time and asked him flat-out if I should be running.
He said no.
In the meantime, I am planning to start swimming again and I am really excited about that. It's been several years since I swam regularly, and I guess it's been long enough for me to miss it. Now I have to figure out where to fit that into my weekly schedule, but with Lily starting daycare a few mornings a week I should be able to make it at least once during the week and once on the weekend. Gotta start somewhere.
I am VERY thankful that the Shamrock allows you to defer your entry if needed. I know not all races allow that.