Monday, January 18, 2010

Happiness maker.

I feel like I barely know which way is up, but that's OK. My life right now is one part excitement, one part super sea of stress, one part hopefulness, and one part fear of the "what if...?" Not unlike most people's lives, I'm sure. It just feels very concentrated right now and has for the past two weeks.

But, the sun is shining! The weather is lovely for upstate NY in January. I got in two refreshing runs this weekend, both outside in the crisp but warm-for-winter weather. They were exactly what I needed. Running is the true happiness maker.

And, I got to prove my mother wrong.

Some of you may recall from past posts that my mother has a thing about my running. In October, after I missed my 5k goal, she asked me what I expected since I was, after all, getting old. I gave her that look I mastered back at age 13 and she went on to say something like, "Well, you are. You're getting up there. You can't expect to run as fast as you did at 30."

So, I was very happy to be able to gloat about my second place age group finish in my recent 10k. I pointed out that not only was I second, but I was second in the 30-39 age group, and I am at the oldest end of that range. So there!

Of course, I did not tell her how few people were actually in the age group. But don't worry, I wasn't too misleading because there were a few others who didn't place!

Anyway, she congratulated me and was happy for me. And she told me she took back what she had said in October. What a mom!

I hope you all had a great weekend and have a nice week ahead. I have another giveaway up at my other site, this one is for a Bondi Band headband. They are super cute, so check it out!

~ Felice

26 comments:

Marlene said...

Moms are the best, but sometimes it's nice to prove them wrong. :) Br proud!

Glad you were able to get out and enjoy the weather this weekend.

Jocelyn said...

Great job! My mother will make me feel amazing and then sometime make me feel like crap. Thats what moms are for I guess.
Congrats on your awesome run! It was so nice this weekend glad you got to enjoy it! :)

Kenley said...

Yes, running does make for happier times. Great job on having an understanding mother. Mine changes the subject when I bring it up. You are lucky to have a mom who at least comments on it. Glad you could show her around. Keep it up.

J said...

Running really is the best thing to help make life better! Hope you have a great week!

Staci Dombroski said...

It is nice that she took it back!!! I hope you are having a great day!

Morgan said...

Mom's... gotta love 'em.

Great job on your run girl!

Kasey said...

YOu gotta love moms right?! your mom sounds like my mom. and I too give her that look! Oh well- we love them, but it does feel good when we get to show them how wrong they were about us! HA!

Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Mom's worry. Its their job. :)

My running partner's Mom would warn her constantly about running and how she was afraid she would get hurt and "shouldn't she stop before she runs too much". Stuff like that.

After her marathon, all that stopped. Her Mom even bought her running stuff for Christmas. :)

Keep going, Felice. You're converting the non-runners. :)

Quix said...

My mom thinks my races are kinda silly, but is very happy that I'm doing something. She's just a little envious I think how I went from a lump on a log to running half marathons in 3 years and she can't seem to get herself on track and get fitter.

The one thing my mom didn't understand was the 100 pushup challenge. She just had no concept on why a woman (with bulky shoulders, as she likes to remind me), would need to do 100 pushups.

Abby said...

I hope that life stabilizes soon, but in the meantime, here's to cheap therapy - just lace up the shoes and get out there!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

My Mom did not want me to run a Marathon due to my past knee injuries...I have selective listening.

I hope the What ifs come together for you :)

Meg said...

My mom has FINALLY come around to like my running, not embrace it exactly but...she encourages me! How can they resist when it's the ultimate happiness maker?

Tricia said...

So glad you got in a few nice runs. :)

Denise said...

Why do moms have a thing w/ running? My mom is convinced it's bad for me. I just stare at her when she says it...speechless.

Diana said...

Glad the weather has been cooperating and you've been having good runs!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

Hope your life becomes less stressful soon!

KBam said...

Congrats on your 2nd place! The weather was beautiful here in NYC this weekend too. And I couldn't agree with you more - running IS the true happiness maker. Here's hoping the happiness is outweighing the other stuff...

D10 said...

I hope the stress starts to go away and there are less what ifs. Keep on using running as a source of happiness.

lindsay said...

funny about your mom! i laughed at your comment about the "look you mastered at 13". i don't think i will ever stop using that one myself.

way to go on the ag award! (and showing your mom) :) sorry to hear about the stressfulness - i hope it works itself out quickly.

onelittletrigirl said...

I still have "the look" for my mom too! And she still reprimands me! She can drive me nuts, but I am so thankful to have her...we gotta love em while we have em :)

Lara said...

Aren't mom's fabulous? Mine has been to one race that I begged her to come to, and she didn't even come to the finish line. I don't think she cares that I run, race, or am healthy. Kind of drives me nuts, but that's a mom!

Good thing we don't run for our moms.

Also, your top finish is AWESOME!!! I'm totally jealous. I'm in the same age range and have never finished in a top spot. You ROCK!!!

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Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

You can tell your mom that I am 27 and I consistently get beat in races by 40+ women. Some of these women I know and they are 10 times faster than they were at my age or even in their 30's!!!

Wifey said...

Moms seem to have a special way of motivating us, don't they?! ;) Congrats on your run!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Christina said...

My mom isn't supportive of my running but I think if she were more physically fit, maybe she would understand my passion for the sport.

kilax said...

Hee hee! I am happy you could prove your mom "wrong"! Congrats!

I hope your life stuff gets sorted out soon :)

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