of goals and expectations

I’ve been freaking out a bit because I have a 5K race coming up that I had signed up for in an attempt to motivate myself to get back to running more regularly. I wrote about how my return to running after having a baby has been tumultuous and I figured that there would be nothing quite like the motivation of running in a big group with spectators watching to make me crank it up a notch.

Well, I haven’t cranked up/out anything but my dissertation, which just got sent off to my entire committee yesterday. I mailed the final 240 page manuscript to each committee member, sending my baby out into the world. Yup, this happened:

{It’s only fitting that the proverbial baby that is my dissertation got to ride in the stroller on the way to the post office. And yes, many trees were sacrificed despite the fact that I printed double sided.}

So anyway, while the dissertation got rocked, the running less so. I was feeling a little down about the whole thing and a little nervous about my upcoming race when I realized that the Boston Marathon was yesterday. And not only that, but this year marks forty years since women were officially allowed to enter. Just in case that didn’t sink in: forty years ago women were NOT allowed to race marathons. Last year, 11,462 women ran Boston. I don’t know how many women raced yesterday but I have no doubt that a large number of us were out there, proving how strong and able we are.

Thinking of myself as just one small cog in this much larger machine of women runners (and of strong, powerful women in general) put my worries into perspective. I don’t actually care how I do on race day. I’m just happy to be out there and running; a woman, a mama, a stroller-pusher, a runner.

Here’s to forty years of marathoning women and to all the women out there running, whatever pace and distance, setting personal goals and defying expectations every single day.

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14 Responses to of goals and expectations

  1. Alicja says:

    Wow, I’ve just seen your post appear :) Have a good day, here in Central Europe it’s already lunchtime :)

  2. Stephanie says:

    You have a baby and you finished your dissertation! You are superwoman as far as I’m concerned! The running will come–be kind to yourself.

    • Stephanie says:

      I want to add that I’ve been ABD for years and years and I have two kids. You are inspiring me to finish me degree. Thank you.

      • simplybike says:

        Yay, Stephanie! Happy to motivate! I know how hard it can be to find time to work with one, I have no idea how I would have fared with two. But just doing a little bit each day sure adds up by the end of the week. Good luck with your work!


  3. jane w. says:

    Second Stephanie’s comment–brava!

  4. Ann Wyse says:

    I think it’s AWESOME that you’ve gotten out to run at all!

    I also love to run – but have been unable to consistently fit it in over almost 5 years now. Lots of false starts. It really is hard to squeeze that time in, especially when you have very little ones who operate on a schedule of seconds – not even minutes, and certainly not hours…

    I also second the suggestions to be gentle to yourself, however you feel you can do that the best.

    • simplybike says:

      Yup, false starts is a really good way to put it. I keep starting and going regularly for a little while and think, this is it! I’m back! And then life happens and I barely make it out there for a while again. And then I start again… etc etc. Oh well. At least we’re trying, right? :)


  5. Casey says:

    I am a grad student, days away from being ABD, and am proud to be part of the community of women runners.

    On a run a few weeks ago, I saw a woman chugging up the hardest hill on my route. I worked hard to catch her, and as I approached, I saw that she was pushing a double stroller. She was getting herself, a toddler AND an infant up a hill I only manage on my best days. I was blown away, and had to tell her how impressed I was.

    I am not a mother, but I was inspired by one.

    I appreciate your honesty regarding the work you’ve done to get back into running. And, I’m pretty confident that you’re going to have a great 5k, no matter your speed.

    Good luck!

  6. I am in the same boat (OK, not the dissertation–that is in a whole sphere of awesome). I signed up for a 5k and it’s next weekend and I’ve run that distance exactly ONCE, and not run in a week. Eeek. I’m nervous, but I don’t want to cop out, even though my work is piling up (which is GOOD, but also: aaaah!). WE CAN DO IT. WE CAN.

  7. meligrosa says:

    hi lovely. thx so much for your words and support throughout this time, has meant so much to me.
    omg your baby is incredibly beautiful and congrats on your thesis, best wishes to you and love,love and peace


    • simplybike says:

      Hey Meli,

      thanks for stopping by and saying hello. It’s so nice to see more of you online again and to see you updating the blog again! So so lovely to see your photos again!
      Besos! xo S.

  8. Annabelle says:

    Just discovered your blog and I love it! Just wondered whether you would like to write a post for the blogging carnival on bilingualism. Check out my blog!

  9. Congratulations on handing that baby in! And I know what you mean about not feeling like you’re rocking the running. I have a 10K next weekend and I feel slower than ever, but I’m finding peace with that. The important thing is to be out there, strong and powerful and representing, no matter what pace. Good luck in your race!

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