When my children are bad we typically take something away from them that means something to them.

Today has been one of those days where Colton is a crank and then is super loving – up – down – up – down. The only positive to the pissy mood he is in, is that he keeps saying stuff that is cracking me up!

This morning his threat to me was — I’m going to throw away your workout deee-beee-deee in the trash. Oh sweet Colton I don’t think Jillian would like that very much!

This afternoon after I told him no to getting a slurpee and he told me — I am not going to go running with you ever again if you don’t take me to 7-11. Wow – really – never again Colton?

I mean what can I say – the kid knows what means something to me.


This week has been insane to say the very least.

I typed out my days this week – then hit delete.

It will sound dramatic but I’m fairly certain this has been the busiest week of my life. All I want to do is crawl in bed and have it be next week already…..it will be a small but mighty victory if I make it through the next four days.

There has been so much between the three of my children and life – that every single day has been a balancing act. The dishes in my sink are piled high and the laundry has not happened. I have managed to fit in two runs, because running is what helps to balance me and keep me moving forward when the weeks are like this – but that has been it for working out.

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This was not the week I imagined before one of my favorite marathons.

I’ve gotten myself back in to the swing of marathon training only to have to accept that there are times I just can’t push through. YES I could run Marine Corps on Sunday. I suffered through a no breakfast, no fuel, slow 20 miler and finished with my last mile as my fastest – just so I could be sure that I could finish this race BUT right now I have to accept my limits and remember that there are plenty of years for Marine Corps Marathon.  With two soccer games this weekend – one on Saturday and one on Sunday {I’m the assistant coach}, a baseball game {Eric is the assistant coach}, a 5K race I’m running with Chloe and Miles Saturday night, an all star soccer practice for Chloe, and the need to get the house under control, as well as attempt to fix more of what got messed up on my blog – I have to cut something somewhere or I’m going to break down. I can tell I’m on the verge of getting sick – something I don’t have time for right now. So I have to make the hard decision to not run and be fine with it.

20 Miler

I have three other marathons I’m running this fall and am choosing to be excited about them. I feel back and forth with my choice about MCM, but I really want to stick with my decision to not run. I was away from my kids last weekend and missed a bunch of stuff with them, I don’t want to do that to them this weekend knowing that I will be leaving them again in a few weeks for Vegas.

Just look at these faces – how could be sad about a race when I get to be with these people? Now that I type that out….I am totally okay with the choice not to run. It’s not giving up, it’s saying yes to my priorities this week.


Who is running MCM this week? I want to live vicariously through you!!




  1. Love that you’re making time for family! It’s always so hard to decide not to run a race you’ve been looking forward to! I’m running MCM as my 4th marathon. I am already getting butterflies! I’ll run the last mile for you! I run this body!

  2. Krystin C. says:

    Your kiddos and hubby will love you if you decided to run or not to run. I think being with them this weekend and sharing those memories first hand instead of through a story will be glorious!! Enjoy those games and get a run in if you can! Cherish these moments! Thanks for sharing. XOXO

  3. This just might be one of my favorite posts you’ve ever written for many reasons. Thank you for keeping it real about balancing life, family, and your own passions. Things have been go-go-go around our house lately, too, so we’ve had to start prioritizing differently. Family first, and everything else seems to fall into place quite nicely. Xoxo

  4. First, I love your sweater!!
    Second, it’s such a busy time of year. You’re still getting in some great runs even if you’re not running MCM!

  5. Wow, so impressed that you have made your family a priority this weekend. The Marine Corps Marathon will be there many years and with three more marathons on you schedule this year, you have made a wise choice. Enjoy your fun filled family weekend. I am running Marine Corps for the first time and obviously am very excited.

  6. Wow! Reading the list of everything that you have going on makes my head spin. It’s too bad you had to cut MCM, but you have to do what’s best for you and take care of yourself.

  7. I’m running Marine Corp Marathon! Flying in from san francisco. I CAN”T WAIT!!

  8. I too cut MCM. I thought I might be able to do it after the 100K a few weeks ago, but I spent that whole weekend without the kids. They have a ton of sports stuff this weekend too, and I figure that I ran one big race this fall so it’s their time this weekend. It’s all a balance, and as long as you get some you time in there and don’t sacrifice all of it for the kids then things will turn out fine.

  9. Running MCM again!!! SOOO pumped! :) While I love MCM – there is life aside from marathons and you are making the right choice. With 3 marathons this fall and your busy schedule, you could use a marathon break this weekend I’m sure.

  10. We have had a crazy week too! Mark has been gone for 8 days and I am ready to loose my mind. Plus it rained all week which meant all my runs were on the treadmill. We finally went out in the mist today. Oh and the fundraiser event. Gah! I hear ya girl! I applaud your decision not to run. Take care and have fun this weekend!

  11. Hah! Love the title- they really do! A doozy I had in my class yesterday morning was a child walking up to me holding an airplane barf bag saying his mom gave it to them since they’d already thrown up this morning. Really? Throw up in the morning, send to school. Right to the nurse he went (9) fell right to sleep with his 103 fever. Picked up finally at 11…yikes!

    My daughter is playing for two soccer teams right now. Between 4-5 practices a week and 1-2 games, it’s been less hectic than we thought. We were lucky that our son decided last spring that he was done playing baseball. We can’t imagine what it would’ve been like with BB and soccer!!

    Enjoy your time with your kids. The marathons will be there when they aren’t kids anymore.

  12. Therese – How did your race go??? :)

  13. How did your race go Pam? I heard it was a windy day! Dorothy

  14. Thanks Jennifer :) Getting in runs is all that matters running wise to me this year! Hope you had a nice weekend :)

  15. Thanks Krystin – it was a good weekend! Eric for sure did not want to talk me out of running MCM since he knows how much I love it :) we had a blast Saturday night at the 5K hanging with friends so I didn’t even think twice about not running. xoxoxo p.s. I still need to email you back – ahhhhhhh

  16. So true – when family is first everything else just flows better. xoxo

  17. That race was such a great experience. But it was so hard. I don’t know if it was the hills, the wind, the broken Garmin-I was far from my goal pace but I would do it again in a heartbeat or a year! Every runner should run this one.

  18. Sadly, I was disappointed. Runners did not self seed properly and I weaved far too often during the first 5-8 miles to be able to accomplish my goal. However, as my husband pointed out, I gutted out a tough race and proved that I could still finish strong. Couple minutes off my BQ time, so not horrible! Thanks for asking!

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