Although I just had a break (read: four weeks off for the holidays), this three-day weekend is desperately needed in these parts. And by needed, I mean I’m excited to get three days of fantastic runs in! Since it is Saturday, it is time for my favorite part of every Salty week, the comment of the week award!
To see who wins the prize, follow the break.Our winner this week is Robyn, who comments on Running from Guilt to Gratitude hit the mark. She said:
Great piece. Thanks for sharing this story.
I joke that being a mother is one constant guilt trip, from the moment you learn you’re pregnant (“Oh crap! I drank wine last night!”) pretty much nonstop forever thereafter.
I am also fortunate to have a very supportive spouse. But my goals are ambitious this year — I want to do a 50 mile trail race — and I need to find a time and a way to train for one that he (and my kids) can buy into. I know I’ll need their support, 100%, to train right and do this the way I want to. And they miss me when I’m out on a long run every Saturday morning!
We’ve concluded that spring isn’t a great time for this. It was a tough decision, because I finished the fall season really stoked for a big race, but it was the right decision. I’m doing a spring 50K, and that’s enough. More than enough — I can’t wait to massively PR it! Now I need to get buy-in for a summer or fall “big” race….
When we contacted Robyn to let her know she had won, here’s what she had to say:
Growing up in Minnesota and New Hampshire, I’ve always felt at home in the woods. But until a few years ago, it never occurred to me that you could run on those trails I’d hiked and backpacked (and occasionally, mountain biked)! My first trail run, a 7-mile race two years ago, was humbling, and shockingly difficult… and awesome. A fling with trails became a more serious commitment when I trained for and completed my first trail 50K this spring… despite a broken elbow five weeks before race day. (The orthopedics clinic folks are pretty sure I’m nuts, but for me, running with a full-arm cast was way better than not running!). Two more 50Ks followed in the fall.
I run, bike, lift weights, cook, practice medicine, and ride herd on my boys, 5 and 7 years old, in Minneapolis. I blog at thesethingshappentootherpeo