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I’ve run a lot of miles this year. 1,035 to be exact.  It’s been a great year of running for me.  I managed to run at least a mile a day, averaging over 5.5 mile a day, for 168 straight days to start the year. I ran my first 100-miler.

But I’ve got a problem.

It’s been almost a year now that I have been studying to take the NSCA CSCS certification  test, but #AutismStreaks and training for the TARC 100 has taken time away from that.  I had originally aimed to get myself certified by late March.  I am already 4 months behind.  A barely failed practice exam has made it clear to me that I need to re-evaluate my priorities.  I need to buckle down on the books and get my head back into studying regularly.  Running had become, to a degree, an escape.  As much as I love helping others train, burning the midnight oil with my nose in the books has been easy to pass up when given the choice of going for a late night run.

I can’t give myself that choice anymore.  I need to get back to studying at least twice a day, get myself certified and then get to work.

#AutismStreaks will have to be put on hold.  Consistent running will have to be put on hold.  Regular blogging and writing will have to be put on hold.

It’s time to get my priorities straight so I can get this done.

Wish me luck.  If I’ve discovered one thing during my studies, it’s that my brain isn’t as elastic as it was 25 years ago.

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At this time last year I was nervously laughing at my friend Doug, who was trying to convince me to follow through on a promise to run the Vermont 50 with him.  I had made that promise during a moment of idiocy, immediately regretting my words the moment they flew out of my mouth.  There was simply no way he was going to convince me to run such a ridiculous distance.

However, as the date drew near, he turned the pressure up.  In another moment of idiocy, I acquiesced, signing up for my first ultra-marathon.  You can find the long story —>>>HERE<<<—, but the short story is after covering the 50 miles in a little over 11 hours, I immediately cursed Doug out, essentially saying I would never do something so stupid again…

…30 minutes later, I was thinking, “you know?  if I actually trained for this thing, I think I could run this baby in a little over 9 hours.”

Yeah, I know…nutty.

So my plan this summer was to run long miles in anticipation of tackling the Vermont 50 again – this time, fully trained.


Sometimes, plans change.  It turns out that the Boston Autism Speaks Walk is taking place on the same day as the Vermont 50.  No matter I how fast I run, there’s no way I can be in two places at the same time.  I weighed the decision for no more than a split second.  The choice was and is clear – as bummed as I will be on September 30th, 2012 that I will not be running the Vermont 50, I will be walking proudly around the race track at Suffolk Downs, helping to make the world a better place for my baby and those like her.

In the end, it’s all about priorities, and what is more important to a parent than his or her children.


The Vermont 50 isn’t going anywhere (unless of course the Mayan Apocalypse occurs), but maybe my ultra-marathoning friends have a regional Fall 50-miler they could recommend?  Maybe in October?

If you are not running the Boston 13.1 Marathon with Team Up! with Autism Speaks, please consider joining us on September 30th as a member of Team Umizoomi for the Walk (as soon as Jess gets the Team Page set up, I will post the link of the Run Luau Run Facebook Page).


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