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Kara

12.17.2009

Over the last week, I've been trying to put things in perspective and have talked to a few friends who have reminded me that this time goes so quickly... so I've really tried to remember that.
Also, I've talked to a friend from work with a 2 year old who went back to work and is struggling. So.. the grass is always greener!

Running - I won't say I'm running when I feel like it, but I'm running on my normal schedule and trying to get my miles back up to 30 miles/ week, not sure why but I liked meeting that goal each week.

Swimming- I was kind of reaching burn out mode with that but you have one good day and you feel better.

Plans for 2010:
I'll do a few races for fun in the spring and maybe run a fall marathon - Chicago? Marine Corps? Maybe none! I probably won't be up for traveling by flight, so Marine Corps might be the best bet... anyone done that? Other ideas?

19 comments:

  1. Are you in MD? There are a lot of MD/VA marthons! I have run most of my 11 between those two states. I could get you some options if your interested. I don't know yet what ones I'll be doing but I will let you know.

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  2. I am new to running so I have not traveled for any marathons, yet! I live in South Carolona and I really want to do the Disney marathon next January :-)

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  3. You seem to gravitate toward the super big races. Maybe you should try a smaller local marathon? You might really like it.

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  4. I have a friend from running group who was supposed to do the Marine Corp this year, but got the flu (badly) a month beforehand and ended up deferring her entry, so she'll be doing it this year (as well as Boston which she just found out about - eek! :)). 2 other friends of ours have done it and really enjoyed the experience. Have you ever thought about a 1/2 for fun? I'm already signed up for one in April.

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  5. I've been wanting to do Chicago for a long time. I'm planning on signing up as soon as it opens. If you do Chicago, maybe we can meet up since we weren't able to in Boston.
    triadventure - Karla

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  6. I did Chicago in 2007 and it was terrible. But that was b/c of the extreme heat and the organizers bad decisions regarding the heat. I'm sure they have changed most of that.

    I've never run MCM, but I know lots who have and they rave about it, but it is very hilly.

    Glad you were able to talk with a few friends and that you feel better about staying home right now. I think you're right: The grass is always greener. And I think women, in particular, feel conflicted about either decision. Did you ever check out teaching at a comm college part time? College schedules are way more flexible than K-12.

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  7. I heard a lot of good things about the MCM, I'm sure you could find a lot of reports about it. It looks fun and their medals are SWEET

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  8. Are you enjoying running or are you just doing it to do it? If so, take some time and do something else that you like to do you do, so when you want to start training for marathons again, its fun & exciting! :)

    enjoy the time with your little man- your right, the grass is always greener! chicago is fun and i had an amazing time but its SO SO SO huge! :)

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  9. Glad to hear you are starting to feel better about things. Work/stay at home is always a conflict and you are right the grass is always greener.

    I have a few friends who have run MCM and have all liked the course.

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  10. Glad you're feeling better. :) I like the 30 mpw goal too. I'm trying to hit it for as many weeks in a row as I can. This week will make 5 in a row! yay!

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  11. I've heard good things about MCM.

    Here is a Race Reort from someone I know who has run it several times.

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  12. MCM freakin' rocks!! Its tied for my favorite marathon with Disney. I have run mcm twice and it truely is a GREAT race! Great course, easy course, sooo organized, great for spectators, great time of year etc. I can't say enough good things about it! Do it!!!!!! Its awesome!!!

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  13. If you do MCM I can almost guarantee you'll have a local spectator :-)

    Glad to see you're in better spirits. We all have our moments so that's ok. It's really like riding a rollercoaster! It does get easier as they get a little older...till you hit the tantrum and independent twos.

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  14. MCM was my first marathon! It was great. And I think the course has changed so it's even better now.

    And you are right the grass is always greener. I am always torn about whether I should just quit my job and stay home.

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  15. One of the benefits of teaching is that you dont lose your employability with a baby or having a period of time off. I think if you follow your instincts you will find yourself exactly where you want to be. Keep an eye on jobs out there and wait till someone is BEGGING you to take it - then you know you'll take the right job at the right time ;)

    Your son will be fine no matter what you decide, because you are a great mom - regardless of whether or not you are working!

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  16. I agree that the grass is always greener. I often swing back and forth with regards to what I think will make me happiest. My biggest issue with being home full time is occasionally feeling kind of lonely and that I don't accomplish a whole lot.

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  17. Ditto having a local spectator for MCM! It's a great race, well run, and lots of spectators!

    Glad you have found your angle of repose.

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  18. Neither side is all that green- lol. I've done it both ways. With Ben I worked more and had him in daycare some and constantly felt guilty that I wasn't there for him 24/7. Now I'm home all week with them by myself and I want to put my head through a wall most days... I mean that in a good way of course! While I wouldn't trade being home with my boys, I am glad I can go to work a couple nights at least, and with my photography... makes me feel like a real person again- an adult? I dunno... Could you do something in the evening time? Even teach a fitness class locally or something?? Helps you not to lose yourself so much as a mom...

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  19. I've heard nothing but great things about marine corps. I might do it this year but it depends on how many miles I plan to do at the ultra and if I get into NYC marathon.

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