Monday, October 11, 2010

Warming the Bench

We barely made it onto our flight Friday night because it was so full, which meant I had to hold Emily on my lap. We were assigned a middle seat in the second to last row of the plane. I put on my courage suit and we boarded. I thought we were destined to fail. Once again the little one surprised me, and she ended up behaving like a champ.

We made it through every single activity I had packed. Once I pulled out the blankie from the bottom of the bag, it took about .2 seconds for her to fall asleep in my arms. That was also about the time we started making our initial descent.

This is how the ride looked on our way home. We made sure we were on a super early flight to get the best seats.



Aside from the anxiety I had about the plane rides, it was a lazy weekend in Jersey. My parents wanted to take us out for one last ride before they have the boat winterized, so we spent Sunday on Long Beach Island.

The Real Jersey Shore



It was the perfect day. It was also tuned out to be the day of the LBI 18 Mile Run...a race I've wanted to do for years now. I first became interested in 2001 when I was training for my 1st marathon, but the stars have never aligned just right for me to be in town on that day.



Finally I was here, and totally unprepared to go. Pre-Emily I was averaging 40-50 miles on an easy week, and could just do this sort of stuff on a whim. I'm so not that person anymore, so why do I keep thinking I am? I couldn't shake the thought that I might be able to pull it off this year.

I kept telling myself nothing good could come of this after such a weak summer of running. I've got some races I'm excited about coming up in the next couple months. Did I really want to jeopardize that to turn in a piss-poor performance? And probably land myself in the office of a sports medicine doctor....

So, maybe I can be logical at times. DNS

My parents could see how upset I was watching the runners go by. They both have milestone birthdays coming up this year too. Then and there, we made pact that all three of us would run the race next year. How cool is that?! I was a teenager the last time either of my parents entered a race.




No one wants to be the benchwarmer. It's good to push your boundaries, but you need to respect your limitations as well. How do you decide the difference?

14 comments:

  1. Looks like you had fun! Hope to see you up here next year!
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  2. I'll have evenmore fun next year when i actually run the race, but I love LBI. We've been spending my summers there as far back as I can remember.

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  3. What an awesome pact with your parents. I know you'll do it.

    Yeah for great trips. I haven't attempted to fly with the boys yet, flying standby with two kids just gives me anxiety thinking about it!

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  4. Glade E was a gem on the plane. I understand your racing dilemmas. I think I am going to run in a 5k race this weekend with H before my next u/s. I can't wait! I haven't raced since July.

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  5. Glad you mentioned that Miss S.

    It's going to get even trickier once she turns 2, and I can't hold her on my lap anymore. It's actually a big concern for us in planning to have baby #2 because we rely on our flight benefits so much. We'd go from barely seeing our families to never seeing them.

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  6. I'm assuming Hope will be in the jogging stroller too. Truly a family race. How fun Jaime!

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  7. I have to tell you...I haven't read your blog in a while (sorry!) but decided to read tonight. I'm from LBI and did the 18 mile run on Sunday. What a coincidence! It is a great race and I highly suggest running it next year.

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  8. yeahhh for the plane ride going well and yes being the benchwarmer is hard...but holy tooo cool if you get to run with your parents! I so wish mine would just consider a 5k

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  9. I'm even more excited to hear that Andrea. We were spectating right in front of Daddy O's. I bet we saw each other and didn't even know it!

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  10. My parents used to be casual runners and would pace me as a kid. I remember the big day when I beat my dad in a 10K for the first time, I think I as about 14. They both got knee injuries that required surgery a couple years after that, and gave up running.

    They seem pretty serious about this too, and are both easing back into it with a C25K plan.

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  11. I agree that it is so important to be realistic with goals and decisions we make. I don't know quite how to manage that, besides trial and error. Hope your trip has been well. :)

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  12. I agree that it is so important to be realistic with goals and decisions we make. I don't know quite how to manage that, besides trial and error. Hope your trip has been well. :)

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  13. yeahhh for the plane ride going well and yes being the benchwarmer is hard...but holy tooo cool if you get to run with your parents! I so wish mine would just consider a 5k

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  14. I'm even more excited to hear that Andrea. We were spectating right in front of Daddy O's. I bet we saw each other and didn't even know it!

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