MCM 2011 and pregnancy update

Nobody cares if you’re not a good dancer. Just get up and dance. The same holds true for racing. Whether first or last, we all cross that same finish line. Just get out there and run.

-Dean Karnazes

Yesterday I claimed my spot in the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon.  I deferred my entry this past fall because of my pregnancy.  It is really pretty great that they allow us to do that.  The thought of running my seventh marathon this fall makes me so excited.  I’m a little nervous about how training will go while nursing and getting used to being the mom of three (especially over the summer when nobody goes to school!), but I’m feeling so determined and my heart tells me that it is all going to be ok – more than ok – and that this experience will be really incredible for me and for my family.  Most likely I won’t be setting a time goal for myself or anything, but we’ll see.  At this point I’m just looking forward to getting out on the trails again with my running buddies and building up my mileage.  To participating in such a magical race as a runner and just taking it all in.  I just cannot wait to get out there and RUN again!

My due date is one week away.  Who knows when baby will arrive?  I have a feeling I am going to be waiting a while, perhaps even passed my due date.  I experience moments each and every day when the thought of that just about breaks me down, but I’m trying my best to hold my head up high and not let it get to me.  To continue to embrace these final days and trust that baby is taking all the time he or she needs to be strong and healthy for delivery when the time is right.  

me and Lissa at Christmas together

My sister Alissa and I check in with one another several times each day to see how we’re holding up, if we’ve experienced any signs of labor, etc.  To encourage one another when we’re feeling down and to remind one another to hang in there and be strong.  Alissa and I are less than a year apart and she is my soulmate.  The fact that we’re pregnant at the exact same time is both totally incredible and totally not a surprise to us at all.  We are so different in so many ways, yet we can complete each other’s sentences.  The connection between us is deeper than deep and we both believe it’s rooted in a love, power and energy that is far bigger than either one of us can truly imagine.  She is getting ready to have a water birth at home with a midwife.  While this is not something I would ever do – I am SO EXCITED for her.  This is exactly perfect for my sister.  I pray each day that she and I both have joyful and uncomplicated birth experiences and that we are able to get through this “waiting game” without feeling too cranky!!  I look forward to our time together as mommies of new babies :o)

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