Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Live and Let Live!

Good Morning Guys!!

I am probably preaching to the choir here because I always receive such support and encouragement from my everyone who follows my blog. But, it's my blog and I feel a rant coming. Please understand. Feel free to X out. But I hope some of you feel me on this. Sometimes I scratch my head at the things people say.

I don't put a lot about my personal life on my blog. It's not a diary. It's supposed to be about running, racing, and conning every muscle fiber I have to play along. And encouraging someone else that all of this is wicked fun!

But I've received a few comments lately that have pissed the living shit out of me. Such as:

*do you have a job?
*Is everyday like the weekend for you?
*So you have lots of downtime while the kids are in school..right?

 Please keep in mind I have 3 children in elementary school. Before that I worked 2 jobs for most of my life to pay off my 100k college education. I worked as a dishwasher when I was 12. I worked after school in high school. I worked 3, yes 3 jobs during college and maintained a perfect gpa. When my twins were born I hated to leave them. I would wait until 10pm when they were in bed and I'd go to the gym. I'd run. Then wake up at some ungodly hour to 2 screaming babies and do it all again. I still hate to leave them, so I run when they are sleeping most of the time. Blah, blah, blah...

But you know what? This is all irrelevant. It shouldn't matter. I don't pick on my friends that have jobs or any lifestyle that is different from mine. I don't whine that someone else may get to punch out while my job never ends. I don't care if you run in an Alter G and get daily massages.  To each his own! Put on your shoes and let's go for a run!

Who cares!! We all have our own lives. We all make it happen. I love hearing how people cope with life and still manage to train and succeed. There are so many phenomenal people out there that have a balls out training ethic. I admire you.

I would never say or even think anything negative. Some have it worse and some have it better. But that's life. Why can't we all be happy for one another?  Kumbaya?

These questions seem to pop up when my running is going well. Almost insinuating that my athletic achievements are a result of me sitting on my ass all day.  Whether or not I sit on my ass all day or not is no ones business. However, if you would like me to drop my 3 kids off on your doorstep at 7am I can arrange that.

3 kids, 10 kids, 1 job or 5. This is my personality and I will always get the job done. I'm a tough cookie.

Everyone has their own story. We all bond through our love for the sport of running. Live and let live!

Thanks for listening! That ends my rant : )


  1. This post is awesome. Thank you for it. Noone has the right to judge or decide how time "should be spent". Kudos to you for having the ability to balance it all, and do it at a high level. That should be celebrated, not looked down upon. I would hedge to guess that they are jealous.

    1. Thanks Delilah!! People get weird sometimes. I try and let it roll off but it's also hurtful. Ugh! Thanks again and happy running : )

  2. Keep strong Laura! Don't let others insecurities bring you down :) Happy running to you too.

  3. OK thanks for that post, while i have never asked, I have offen wondered... 3 kids, I would never have guessed, you look far to good and relaxed to have a kid, let alone 3!!!

    As for your work, all I thought was that you were lucky to be able to get out in the middel of the day some times... didn't know if you worked or studied, and I like the mistery of it all!!!

    So get out there and run for me as I have an injury and I'm down to running only 3-5km a day... aaaaggggghhhh

  4. No doubt! I get that aaaaaaallllllllll the time as well. You have 1 job and 2 kids John, what has to cave in to get all of the Ironman training done? My kids sleep on a different schedule than any other kids. We have them in a year-round school in Cary so there is no long summer break. People think I'm a bad parent because I do Ironmans and marathons, but really it's just my wife that gets pissed because I won't take her to any fun destination unless I schedule a race for the same weekend. ha!

    I workout before they get up in the morning and after they go to bed at night. I still work a full day, take them to church and do the y-guides programs with both kids. it all gets done, and I choose what has to be sacrificed (some tv shows & board games) to get it all in.

  5. Give it to em!
    You were much more polite than I would have been.
    It has and always will be about scheduling. Went for a 22 mile ride last night until darkness fell and was running this morning by 6 AM. I'll be back at it tomorrow early AM for a chilly morning swim. Sleep is over rated anyway!
    Keep doing what you do, your doing great! Screw em all!