Comment of the week – 8.2.2014

COTW badgeAs the fall racing season starts to heat up, Salties are picking up steam as well, and we had another week of great posts and race recaps. And with great posts comes great comments, which brings us to this weeks comment of the week winner!

This week, our winner was Joyce who commented on Chamomile’s Running Next to Mom post:

Great post Chamomile! I don’t compare myself to ‘runner moms’ or moms in general because I feel there is no comparison. I am 45 , married for 23 years and we do not have children. I don’t feel like I missed anything. My mother was an abusive alcoholic and motherhood was never on my radar. My life is very full: I volunteer at a womens crisis centre, work full time, write, volunteer at my church and for a local political party and run 5x/week.

The only thing that really bothers me is that some people feel they have the right to say the most invasive things. (my mothers boyfriend took it to an entire new level!)

I identify with the ‘puppy parenthood’. We had a husky and 2 cats and the husky pushed me in ways that no human being ever has. But I loved her to death and miss her. Our dog made me really glad for our childless life.

That's Joyce on the right.When we contacted Joyce take ask her to share a little about herself, here’s what she had to say:

My name is Joyce L. Young and I live in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. (1 hour north of Toronto) I celebrated my ‘runner-versary’ of 10 years in March. I have completed 31 races varying from 5K’s to a 25K trail race (a wonderful experience which netted me a free hydration back pack and the worst asthma attack of my life.) I haven’t done a marathon yet due to time issues. I’m a solitary runner; my schedule and ritualized pre and post run stretching regimen doesn’t exactly attract running companions.

That's Joyce on the right.

This summer I am training for a half marathon on September 13 (hopefully! I’ve been struggling with hip bursitis in the last year and, while it is firmly on the mend, I realize that the hip is deciding what I am doing now. I havn’t told it about the half marathon in six weeks….). My summer ‘projects’ also include writing three books of essays. Then my fall schedule of volunteering at the local womens crisis centre kicks in. I also volunteer with three projects at my church. Very rewarding work!

What an amazing and full life – good luck to Joyce for the good work she is doing! And for everyone, have an amazing and good run-filled week!

Ultrarunner, adventurer, academic, and feminist. Running Across the USA in 2021. I write about ultrarunning, adventuring, and the intersection of endurance athletics and life.

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