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Moving On

Thank you all for your wonderful, thoughtful comments on my last post. Missing Boston (again!) this year was tough. Yes, I know the temperature was sweltering and not conducive to a PR. And yes, I saw so many runners in complete misery on Monday. Every marathon is a battle, but Monday’s race seemed to be more of one than usual. However, that didn’t change the fact that when it comes to Marathon Monday, no matter what the conditions are, I’d rather be running.

Still don’t fully grasp how hot is was? This elite pack of women ran with a parasol in an attempt to find a tiny bit of relief from the unrelenting sun.

elite woman_boston 2012

I kid…

If you ran on Monday – whether you finished or not – congratulations. I ran the last 6 miles with Corey and even that little bit was brutal. I saw so many runners (Corey included) digging deep and leaving all that they had out on that course. I have the utmost respect for anyone that {safely} took on Boston in those conditions. And if you didn’t run due to heat or injury – I respect you all as well. I know the whole deferment policy has gotten a lot of flack from runners across the country, but I think we all need a little reality check. First of all, deferment from Boston isn’t exactly a new thing. In the past, people have been able to defer due to injury. It was only a couple of years ago that Boston stopped allowing deferments due (I expect) to the increased popularity of the race (please correct me if I’m wrong about this). And while I wish that they would allow people to defer because of an injury instead of just instituting a last-minute policy because of the weather, the BAA did what they had to do in the circumstances. Will it make it harder for people to get in next year? Maybe a little (though maybe not, since the number of eligible runners isn’t that high). But the safety of the runners who had already qualified and gotten into the Boston Marathon is much more important than your chances of signing up for the race next year. Sorry.

I know this subject has already been beaten to death, so I will get off my high-horse now. I did not defer from the race, but it wasn’t due to any principles. I simply wasn’t able to get myself to the Boston Expo to pick up my number. At first I was stressed out and disappointed by this (but I paid so much for that stupid shirt!!) but in the end, I realized I needed to truly embrace the spirit of my last post, and move on.

Figuratively and literally.

So this past weekend, instead of getting ready to run Boston, I was a little busy with other things…

moving truck

Things like packing up all my belongings and moving 3 hours north.

And trying to turn this mess…


…into a livable, functioning kitchen.


That’s right, EC and I have finally made the big move – out of Rhode Island and into the country. Moving to Vermont had been one of those “someday” dreams of ours. We imagined coming up here in 5 years or so, when life was a little more settled and our directions in it seemed a little more clear. But it’s funny how things happen. When we least expected it, everything suddenly came together in a way that allowed us to take a huge leap. A leap that required giving up many of the conveniences we had gotten used to from living in the city (like convenient grocery stores and 5 minute commutes to work), but that has already made me so happy.

My life is still in transition. I’m not living up here full time yet because I’m still working in Rhode Island. This is obviously not an ideal situation, but my job ends in a couple months. I think I can make it work for a little while. Plus, every time I walk outside at our new house and see the mountains all around me makes it all worth it.

I still haven’t been able to run much, but I feel like I am slowly on the road to recovery. Which, to be honest, can’t come soon enough. I have miles of trails and dirt roads to explore.

covered bridge

21 Responses to Moving On

  1. Oh its a covered bridge! I am wondering if you moved near my college…although maybe there are covered bridges all over Vermont!

  2. First: I love covered bridges :)

    Second: I am so happy about your new digs in VT – it looks amazing. I also agree with you wholeheartedly about the safety of runners vs. 2013 BQers. As a person trying to BQ for next year, I definitely respect those that have and give props to the BAA for allowing accommodations.
    Krissy @ Shiawase Life´s last post ..ORANGE you glad it’s Thursday?

  3. Congrats on the big move!!! The new place looks great!!!!!!
    Meagan @ Managing Meagan´s last post ..A Bad Case of the What-Ifs

  4. Hey man, congrats on the move! I moved from DC to Colorado and YES big change from city to country but, dude: the trail runs. The mountains. Amazing times.
    LizScott´s last post ..Old Voices

    • I seriously cannot wait for trail runs! I was so tired of running through crowded city streets and stopping at intersections every 10 feet. Plus, I have a feeling that running up hilly trails is just going to make me that much stronger.

  5. No way, I’m so jealous!!! I went to school in rural Vermont and it’s my second favorite place in the world (second to Alaska, where I’m from). I think giving up a bit of convenience is totally worth it, and a huge part of what makes it so awesome! Good luck with the commute situation, though-I don’t know that I could do that!

  6. Covered bridges!!! You know what would look great in front of that covered bridge? A nice jumping photo. Also, your kitchen is amazing.
    Ali´s last post ..Thankful Things Thursday: On Good Runs, Grippy Hangers & Gold Medals

  7. Wow, congrats on the big move! What a transition, but a happy one, for you & EC. I feel ya on the Boston deferment- I don’t get what the big deal is and why people are angry. I feel they had to offer the deferment to cover themselves so racers didn’t feel like they HAD to race and risk their health. I don’t think people who want to race next year should be upset about it. Run the times, qualify, and you’re in. Too simplistic of a view? Oh well.

    Thank you for cheering on Monday! I was so happy to see you. It was a rough one, but wish you were out there running, too. You’ll be back in no time & and I can’t wait to hear all about it.
    Lindsay´s last post ..Boston Marathon 2012 Recap: 3:09:28

  8. I’m in NH, neighbor! Congrats on the move!
    Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe´s last post ..OUCH… in a good way?

  9. Thank you for cheering and screaming my name at mile 19 on Monday!! I saw the flash of green and knew it was you. I was feelin’ pretty rough at that point, so it was well-timed. Congrats on your move and all of the exciting life changes. I can’t wait to see what the remainder of 2012 brings!
    Megan (The Runner’s Kitchen)´s last post ..Dear 2009

  10. I couldn’t agree with you more about the deferment ‘issue’…in the end, I doubt it will impact next year’s qualifiers THAT much since only 400 or so deferred.

    Also congrats on the move!!
    Carrie´s last post ..WIAW

  11. Congrats on moving to Vermont! I just moved to RI with my fiance a couple of months ago!
    Sorry you didn’t get to run Boston this year!
    Julie´s last post ..a week away from 100

    • Nan – Oh, what a joy to see these darling baebis so content to have you messing with them , Sara! Obviously, they are well adjusted, and futures as models. Your work is lovely, and I especially like the detail of ears, and hands, and smiles, and yes, even Libby’s bottom. Living in NJ it will be awhile before I meet the baebis, but I got a feel for both of their personalities from your pics many thanks!

  12. I think I’ve found a new favorite blog Lauren. Love the way you write. Makes it fun to read. Great thoughts here and again, sorry you weren’t able to run but looks like you have taken it all so well. Thanks for your words here. And congrats on the move!

  13. Congrats on the big move! You should get a horse! And make all my dreams come true! :-) it looks beautiful.
    Ricole Runs´s last post ..Exercising in Canada

  14. Koli looks so handsome in his new kitchen!!! You should take and post more pics of your new place!!!
    Christina´s last post ..Our Daughter the Contortionist.

  15. Congrats on the big move! Keep us posted on the wedding planning :)

  16. Where in VT did you move? I’m from southern VT originally,a tiny town called Grafton.

  17. I definitely agree about how I would have rather been running on Marathon Monday, but at the end of the day, it certainly was a good race to have to sit out. The deferment option was nice, although I don’t know a single person who took it because of the heat. It’s Boston and people are going to run it no matter what.

    The new place looks awesome, and those runs will definitely be amazing!! I’ll have to get my healed self up there for some runs when we’re both back in long run mode!
    Susan´s last post ..2012 boston marathon, elite cheer squad edition

  18. Congrats on the move and your selection Lauren! I hope we can talk longer at Htc than last year! That flew by!!
    Jess @ Blonde Ponytail´s last post ..You Must Walk Before You Can Run

  19. Where in VT did you move? VT is an amazing state, the hubs and I moved here almost 3 years ago and won’t be leaving anytime soon. If you need a local, you have my email :)

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