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July 23, 2010

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That's a bummer about the half, but it sounds like you're making the right decision. If you're not going to enjoy the training or the race then, really, what's the point? You're doing a very smart thing by backing off and figuring out what's going to work in your life.

Which... it sounds like you're on the right track to doing! The Y sounds like an awesome option all around for you and your family, which continues to grow even more adorable by the day.

For me, I found that my body changed more drastically after kid number two. I am about three to five pounds heavier than I was at my lowest weight, but I think I would have to lose about ten pounds to fit into my smallest jeans. My hips definitely are wider. Not FATTER, necessarily - just wider, and shaped differently now. So cut yourself a little slack there - I think sometimes our bodies change after kids and we can't get back to where we were ever before.

There's always another race! That's the great thing about running - something else always comes along. And for what it's worth, I think you're doing great. You look great, too. And your kids are gorgeous.

I completely understand about the body changing! It's been three yeqrs since my son was born. I actually weigh less now than before pregnancy, but my body got all shifted around!

I love, love, love the last picture that you posted. What a great shot!

Can't wait to hear about how things go at the Y -- I need to incorporate more strength training into my workouts, too.

Fitness is just like everything else in life,I suppose. We have to constantly re-evaluate our goals based on the "here and now" of our lives. Good for you for figuring out a way to work it in! You look fantastic and it looks like the family's having a great summer.

AWESOME article!!! Congrats on celebrating your first running anniversary! That is such a huge accomplishment!

Has it really been a year already?!?! Wow - awesome!!

So with you on the "no getting up before 5:45am" thing. In fact, I won't get up before 6:30 unless Megan really forces it.

Final comment on your body: who cares about a little belly? You have great legs!! Proof in the pictures!!

Race goals are good. But then one can not race all the time. Keeping the balsnce of life is the proper way to live life. Well thought out. Just do IT means figure out what IT is at this point in time and then do IT.

I always love reading your posts especially one's in which you analyze how you reach a decision. I definitely was not that wise at your age (and may not be now.) Of course, the pictures of the lovely grandchildren are always a treat.

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