It is official - my next marathon will be the Cox Providence Marathon in Rhode Island on May 12!!!!!
I am a big believer in "going with your gut" on a lot of decisions, and this is the race I really felt the best about and most excited to run. After my post asking for feedback on the list of possible races, I talked with Sage and he narrowed it down to three races he recommended. After that, I talked with Josh and with his mom (who helps out with Noah when I race) and looked at our calendars, and this is the race that works out the best for all of us.
And a MAJOR plus to this race (besides being the size that I love, a great looking course at sea level, and weather that should be ideal), my parents will get to be there!!! Every time I get to see them is wonderful, but getting to be with them on Mother's Day is extra wonderful. I spent a long time without a mom in my life. In fact, for years I gave my Dad a card on Mother's Day since he did the job of both parents. :) When Pam came into our lives about nine years ago, I was so very happy that my Dad finally had someone that truly loved him, cared for him, and made him happier than I had even seen him, but I did not expect, or even dare to hope, that she would be a mom to me.
I always liked Pam and we always got along well, but we did not have much of a relationship just between the two of us. That actually changed in large part because of running! My Dad and Pam flew to Las Vegas to watch Noah for us while I ran my first marathon in December 2009 (and Josh ran the half) and we actually got a lot of quality time together without all of the kids. Then the next month, my Dad and Pam flew to Florida to cheer me on while I ran the Disney Marathon. We shared a hotel room, and for the first time in a LONG time, I felt like a kid. I was 100% supported, taken care of, spoiled rotten, and loved in every way for the entire weekend. I laid on a bed and watched movies with them and we had tons of time to talk. They were all over the marathon course and at the finish line cheering for all they were worth. We walked around Disney World and went on rides together. We had lots of special time together. In that weekend I stopped thinking of them as "my Dad and Pam" and started thinking of them as "my parents".
My relationship with Pam blossomed from there - cards, letters, phone calls, visits. She showed her endless love and support to me, and I realized what an incredible blessing it is to have a mother in your life, no matter how old you are. I can't even put into words how grateful I am for the love, support, encouragement, and faith that my parents give to me and my family daily.
So even though I won't be with my kids on Mother's Day this year, we will celebrate the next day when I get home, and it will be a very special weekend getting to do what I love to do (race!) and getting to spend it with my parents. It will be the first Mother's Day I get to spend with Pam. :)
I get to get back to training on Sunday and I have a plan from Sage for next week and an outline of what my training will look like from now until Providence. I am excited!! I am going to move forward with the momentum, endurance, speed, confidence, excitement, and joy that I built during my training for and racing in Tallahassee, and I know that Providence is going to be awesome.
Thanks for all the feedback on my race options! You guys are great.
Time to enjoy a four-day weekend with my kids. :)
What's next up for you??