Thank you all for your sweet, encouraging and congratulatory words regarding my PR!!!

My post race review will be coming shortly and I will warn you that I will tell you that despite running the fastest 8K of my life, I ran like a moron. This is not a bad thing, as each race teaches us something about ourselves or our running.

I have even bigger news to announce [no I’m not pregnant with my 4th child]…..drumroll please…[okay I know I’m a geek]….

BOSTON MARATHON BIBS were announced.  For those of you who don’t know [I didn’t either] Boston is one of the very few, if only, race where your number is based on how fast you are.  The lower your number the faster you are.  Literally on race morning you walk around and look at every person’s number. oooo he’s fast oooo man look at her she’s even faster…..It’s sort of like highschool or something.

My number this year is #8625.  My previous # was 14843.  I went down over 6,000!!  My number is fast enough to put my in the 1st wave[there are 3 waves this year for the 1st time – each starting 20 minutes after each other].  Okay so who cares about waves?  Well really it doesn’t matter, getting to Boston is what counts.  The reason I care is because I used to run 11 minute miles.  So to me the wave reminds me that all the runs I went on, all the situps and pushups I did, all the tempos after sleepless nights, all the things I sacrificed, were worth it.  My number makes me smile because it says to me Dorothy, hard work pays off

Are you running Boston?  What does your number say to you?

Today I will share the last 24 hours –

I made baby C sleep in his room last night for the entire night, for the first time.  I’d like to say that he slept the whole night or that I didn’t have to make 8+ trips into his room to replace his pacifier, calm him down and/or feed him – he didn’t sleep and I did all that and more.  At about 3 am I was questioning why I decided now was a good idea to make him sleep in his room.  Oh yeah cause I need sleep and I’m not getting ANY.  I ended up curling up on his rocking chair and sleeping for over an hour in there before walking back to my room.  I’m exhausted.

For those of you who don’t have kids – I’ll fill you in on something – sleep will become more valuable to you than gold.  Some parents get lucky and have kids who sleep through the night at 8 weeks.  Me not so much.  I’ve been told by people that my kids sleep issues, meaning their lack of sleeping, is somehow my fault.  It’s not.  Chloe, Miles and Colton take after their mommy and daddy – they are early risers and have way too many things they would rather be doing than sleeping [or so I like to tell myself].

Coffee is my best friend.  I dream about it.

For some crazy reason the traffic was insane this morning.  Chloe was late to school for the FIRST TIME EVER.  I’m a crazy freak when it comes to being on time for things. I was so nervous walking her in to school.  It was as if I was 10 years old and was going to be scolded by the teacher.  Silly thing was that LOTS of other parents appeared to be late as well. TWO HOURS later baby C, Miles and I were back home.  Yes I said two hours.  Chloe’s school is less than 20 miles away and it took us 2 hours to get her there and get back home this morning.

Did I mention already that I was exhausted before I even took her? 

Here’s the bright light to the day. 

Last night before I went to bed I wrote a list of what I wanted to accomplish today and stuck it to the fridge.  When I got home I wanted to collapse on the floor and sleep.  I didn’t.  I got on with the day.  I got completely caught up on the dishes, laundry, and ironing.  All in between baby snuggles, playtime with Miles and attempting to get caught up on my Bible Study lessons.

When hubby got home I was able to head OUTSIDE for a 6 mile run.  I also finally ran with my heart rate monitor for the first time ever.  I’ve only owned it for a year so I figured it was about time I figure out how to use it!

Today I am proud of myself for getting all I wanted accomplished, getting in a run, and keeping a positive attitude despite the rocky start to my day and a serious lack of sleep.

What are you proud of yourself for today? Tell us!



    I love your running progression. It gives me so much hope. Congrats on your Boston bib! And coffee is my best friend too!

  2. My little guy is 2 and still frequently wakes up in the night, so I feel your pain! I sometimes find myself saying over and over in my head, "It won't always be like this! One day he will sleep!!"

    Today when it started raining, I felt proud of myself that I ran yesterday so that today could be a rest day. I almost didn't go yesterday but I'm so glad I did!

    That is awesome about your bib number! I am seriously impressed!

  3. CPATrader says:

    Awesome job in the 8K! How did you progress from 11 minute miles down to your present pace? My ultimate goal is to qualify for Boston, but I've got a long way to go! Thanks!!!

  4. Yay on making lists!! I told you it might help . Although somedays both lists and coffee don't do the trick!!;) also congrats again on your pr!!!

  5. MCM Mama says:

    Congrats on an awesome number.

    My oldest didn't sleep through the night until he was four YEARS old. At 9, he still wakes me up at least once a week. My younger son, on the other hand, slept through very early and almost never wakes up at night. And I parented them the same way…

    Good job making it through the day and getting everything, including a run, accomplished.

  6. 11 min miles!

    What an inspiration!

    I need to read your archive and find out more about how you got fast. Besides having babies :)

  7. racingtales says:

    Congrats on getting in the first wave at Boston, your 8K PR, AND keeping it all together with 3 little ones. No small feat! By the way, I LOVE the Saucony orange in your previous post…orange is my favorite color! Keep on doing what you're doing!

  8. Gracie (Complicated Day) says:

    Dude, I totally told the world when I moved to corral #2 from #6. Lol.

  9. LOVE IT!! You're awesome!! :)

  10. marina125 says:

    I don't think they have sleep issues. Every baby/child has a different sleep cycle and in the first year they all do different things anyway. My first two didn't sleep through the night till they were around 7 months old and even then they woke up super early and still do. Miles didn't even sleep for the first three months he just screamed half the night and then woke up every hour after that and then screamed some more. Only number three seems to be waking up less in the night than the other two and even with him i am waiting for that night he realizes he is spoiling us :).
    Nice job on the run

  11. Congrats on your Boston spot! You don't drink coffee before your runs do you?

  12. Lesley @ says:

    I had no idea about the Boston bibs, that is so interesting. I'd be number 39,000. 😉 Oh wait, I'd have to actually be fast enough to qualify first.

    Congrats on your amazing progress! I'd say the sacrifices were definitely worth it.

  13. I LOVE that your bib number moved up so much… I would be freaking excited too!!!

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