Thursday, January 09, 2014


It has been so long since I wrote that I had to re-enter my password and I wasn't sure I would remember it. I obviously did.

I'm not quitting the blog, not yet, even though it must look like I have abandoned it. The truth is, I've had ideas for posts in my head so many times, but by the time I think about actually writing, the ideas are gone or stale or I don't want to share my thoughts after all. Pretty lame.

I am quitting something. Or scaling back. I trained for the Dallas half marathon that was supposed to be in December. It was iced out. I'm sure you all saw the Dallas/Fort Worth area on the news, covered in ice. My kids didn't go to school for four days. Travis was on a silent retreat for the first 3 days of icepocalypse. It almost got really ugly in our house. But a child called me out on my attitude and I vowed to reset it and we actually had fun. Mostly.

So, quitting or scaling back. The weekend the race was canceled I signed up to run the Cowtown half marathon in Fort Worth in February. I had already tapered for the December race, and after it didn't happen, I let my running slide. I only ran once or twice a week and only three miles or so. I still had time to pick up my training. But this week I decided I didn't want to do that. So I changed my race entry to the 10k. I've never run an official 10k, so I'm guaranteed a PR. Ha. I just realized that I had no desire to commit to the long training runs right now. I've done a half marathon, twice, so it is not a matter of proving something to myself or anyone else. I'm enjoying my strength training a lot more these days. I can do a 10k without having to commit to running for an hour or longer more than once a week.

I gave myself permission to quit and I felt so relieved when I did. I'm not normally a quitter. I can be very stubborn about it, in fact. But sometimes the grace we so readily give others when they are struggling needs to be given to ourselves.


  1. Good for you! Excited to hear your PR! :)

    I am trying to gear up for a half here at the end of March, but man, not so sure I'm gonna make it... We'll see!

  2. Sometimes it's OK to quit. I know you read Lora Lynn's wonderful Christmas post. And now I tell myself that all the time - if it makes me yell, it's not worth going ______, doing ________. It's OK to have fun and relax and not try to live up to everyone else's standard.

  3. You are so right. Sometimes you just have to give up something. I've done that a few times with something that felt so big and felt such great relief. You cannot quit blogging!!!! I would miss your voice.

  4. You may be quitting one thing, but it's to focus on something else. As a mama, it's hard to do everything. We're not quitters, we just realign our priorities to match the season of life. Do what makes you happy and what makes you feel better. Getting a little more time in my day always makes me happy!


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