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Do I Really Want to Do That Again?

What day is it? HUMP DAY! Sorry…just love that commercial so much.

So friends, I’ve got a wee bit of a dilemma. Back in the Spring when I was training for VCM, Jen, the registration director for the race, had contacted me about writing my “Why I Run” story for their blog, The Run Down. I did but it never was published. Fast forward to last week. I got another email asking if it was OK to publish my story now that the blog is back up and running after the summer break. I updated my post a little with how awful my race day was and sent it back to Jen. HERE’s the post if you are interested in it.

Vermont City Marathon - happyfitmama.comOnce she read about my horrible day (or rather whole weekend), she said I HAD to do VCM in 2014 to “get the bad taste out of my mouth” from 2013.


Do I really want to do that again?

When I mentioned it to Ron, he laughed and said, “Do you really want to do that again?

Truthfully, I had not even considered doing VCM ever again. It’s not because of Burlington (awesome town), the spectators (I was astounded by how many there were for the whole course on such a crappy weather day) or the race course (fabulous). It’s because of the WHOLE experience. A sick toddler, miserable weather conditions, GI issues like you wouldn’t believe, leg cramps that stopped me in my tracks and then the dang car repair issue on a Holiday weekend.

Let me tell you, that’s a whole lot of bad ju-ju in one weekend! You just don’t forget about that.

But when I read Jen’s email I started to think about it.

I know I can do better on that course than what I did on May 26th. A part of me wants to kick VCM in the face. In the nicest way possible, of course.

My #1 priority in picking my second marathon was location. I wanted one close to home, something I could drive to the morning of the race. I was leaning heavily towards the Maine Coast Marathon which is making a reappearance after a 28 year absence. But now I’m not so sure.

I’ve got some serious thinking to do. Do I really want to do VCM again?

What would you do?

Have you ever run the same race twice just to get the “bad taste” out of your mouth? Did it work?

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June 2013 in Review

OK, seriously? What just happened. How can this be the last Friday in June? Summer just seems like it’s getting started but before you know it’ll be September. Wahhhhhh! Time needs to slow down right now. I don’t like it when summer moves at warp speed.

In keeping with my monthly tradition, here are some of my favorite posts from June.

Life After 26.2 Miles

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In case you were wondering, there really is life after 26.2 miles. I had a really hard time dealing with a lot of emotions after VCM. Rather than jump back into running with a vengeance, I decided to let my body rest three weeks with no running. It gave me time to do other workouts and just regroup.

Except When You Don’t. Because Sometimes You Won’t.

Early morning Bay -

One of my goals for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Challenge was to finish my my first marathon under 4 hours. Well, that didn’t happen. I had a hard time feeling proud of myself for just finishing the race. I learned that sometimes you won’t be successful. It happens to all of us.

Sweet Summer Sweat Workout

Downward Facing Dog - happyfitmama.comEven though I took three weeks off from running, I was still getting my sweat on. This Sweet Summer Sweat Workout doesn’t require any equipment and can be done anywhere. I’ve actually done it a few times in our backyard while the kids were playing. Fit it in when you can, right?

Old School Blogging

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I love doing blogging survey’s like this! It gives me a chance to share a little more about me with all of you. Plus I can dig through old pictures and reminisce.

I Ran

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Reunited and it feels so good! After three weeks off from running, I got back to my love. It’s not pretty and it’s not what it used to be but I’m happy to be back on my feet again.



My babies turned THREE! It’s hard to believe that they were once that small. Now they’re little people who love to have conversations about everything and anything. “Let’s talk about…” I can’t even remember what life was like before them. Well, I do remember being able to use the bathroom by myself. :)

What was a highlight in June for you?