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Half Marathon Training Update with a Cheesy Giveaway

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In 10 days I’ll be in Vermont running the Middlebury Maple Half Marathon thanks to Cabot. This will be my sixth half but my first organized run in well over a year.

My interest in the sport has kind of fizzled out.

I thought signing up for an event would spark my running mojo again but I haven’t really enjoyed focusing on it as I once did. With the kids getting older, life seems busier now and more things have simply slipped into my priority list, many of which I value more. For example, now every Monday and Wednesday I’m coaching a CrossFit Kids class at the gym. I come home from work, make a quick dinner and bring the kids back with me for a couple of hours. It’s a BLAST! But afterwards I’m spent. Just exhausted!

Thursday nights I have my weekly bowling league. It’s my regularly scheduled social hour where I get to have a few beers hanging out with friends. We have a good time and actually have a chance at winning the whole league!

One day a week I take a guitar lesson and it’s been quite a challenge getting back into the habit since returning from vacation. I do my best to carve out at least 10-20 minutes a day for practice.

Now that the weather’s getting nice we’ve been taking more family trips to the park on the weekends and in the evenings.

And of course every morning I’m at the gym for my hour workout and then back again for the afternoon shift to man the open gym and take care of a few gym management tasks.

My days feel really full and by the end of most of them I’m fighting between my desire to curl up in bed and fall asleep, wanting to blog, and spending quality time with the husband.

Lately, sleep has been winning.

Sometimes I get a little down on myself because I can’t “do it all” —  why don’t I have as much energy as I used to? Why am I so tired? Why aren’t there more hours in the day??

Then I realize … yet again … things have changed.

I have changed.

And here’s the kicker — there’s nothing wrong with that.

I love everything I’m doing now. I feel blessed to have two healthy kids growing up — too fast I may add, a supportive husband, awesome friends, and time to do hobbies I enjoy. So my house is a bit of a disaster and I don’t run as much as I think I should. Am I really going to let that get me down when I’m rocking the Mom thing, cooking more than ever, learning to play the guitar, lifting every morning, managing an awesome gym, and actually holding on to somewhat of a social life?

Nope, not going to do it to myself anymore.

Last Sunday I ran 9 miles, my longest run so far in preparation for this half.  I have one more good long run in me before the event and you know what? I’ll be just fine. I won’t be breaking any records or anything but I know I can do it and even more importantly, I know I’ll enjoy it — IF I remove all this extra pressure I’ve been putting on myself.

Wow… I feel so much better getting all that off my chest. Now that I’m not blogging as much I think I bottle things up more and they fester. I miss my daily brain dumps here on the blog. They really help me get out of my own head.

I mean, I always knew it was my form of therapy but I didn’t think not doing it wouldn’t affect me as much as it has.

_25_Regular_Gift_Box_RetouchAnyway, on to the Cheesy Giveaway!

Cabot is giving away a $25 Cheese Gift Box to one of my readers to celebrate the Cabot Fit Team and upcoming half.

If you are as big of a cheese fan as I am, just leave a comment below to enter. I’ll randomly select a winner from the comments on Sunday, April 24.

The gift pack can only be shipped to the continental United States and no PO boxes. Other than that, there are no other rules.

Thanks for being my shoulder today. I’ve been feeling out of sorts for sometime.


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There are 77 comments so far.

    Janelle H

    April 21, 2016

    You said it sister. No regrets and #wycwyc for the win!! You’re our shoulder as much as we are yours :)

    I went to the Cabot factory in Vermont a few weeks ago, and it was awesome! There were SO many samples out!! This box sounds scrumptious. Good luck on your half!! Hopefully you have some beautiful weather for it. I’m in Connecticut & Boston and it has been absolutely gorgeous this week

    Stephanie O.

    April 21, 2016

    I think you are doing a great job and would love to win that cheese :)


    April 21, 2016

    Keep doing what you’re doing! I love reading your blogs and am looking forward to hearing how your race went.


    April 21, 2016

    I think it can be hard to balance everything but it sounds like you are doing a good job!


    April 21, 2016

    Would love to win your cheese giveaway. Thanks for continuing to blog.


    April 21, 2016

    Good luck on your half.


    April 21, 2016

    Sounds like you have an great handle on what’s really important. I always say that I’m choosing to invest in what makes me happy and everything else can fall away.

    And mmmmmm, cheese!


    April 21, 2016

    mmmmm. cheese. :)

    Sherry Hight

    April 21, 2016

    I love cheese!! And your blog

    Lisa Jordan

    April 21, 2016


    Sherry hight

    April 21, 2016

    I love cheese and your your blog

    Melissa M.

    April 21, 2016

    I LOVE cheese!!! I guess if I win I will share it with the kids since they love it as much as I do :)

    Farrah Mote

    April 21, 2016

    I would love the cheese!

    Barb C

    April 21, 2016

    Sometimes, I dream about cheese.

    Your blog is never cheesy! Just nuggets of inspirational honesty.

    Kim Parr

    April 21, 2016

    love your blog, honesty, and reminder that we are all human and cant do it all. Thank you for sharing

    Rebecca Uhl

    April 21, 2016

    That cheese looks awesome! Good luck with your half marathon! Also, I love the idea of a CrossFit Kids class. :)


    April 21, 2016

    Because CHEESE! I make room for cheese in my healthy eating, because if I cut that out, I know I would rebel.


    April 21, 2016

    I think #wycwyc should most definitely mean maintaining a happy balance between motherhood, working out, eating healthy and LIVING LIFE!


    April 21, 2016

    You’re doing awesome! =)


    April 21, 2016

    I’m tired just reading this! I’m having trouble finding the running mojo I once had. You’re doing awesome…just keep doing wycwyc ;-) Can’t wait to hear about the race! (And mmmm cheese!)


    April 21, 2016

    I love cheese, my favorite way to use it is homemade macaroni and cheese! Good luck with your half!

    Maggie Brown

    April 21, 2016

    My husband is from VT/ NH and we LOVE Cabot cheese!!

    Kaye Van Straten

    April 21, 2016

    Thanks for that post Roni. I’ve been feeling the same way…putting pressure on myself for not doing everything I think I should be doing or even the things that I want to do. I make a conscious effort to really just be okay with what I do get done. Reading your posts always just make me nod my head and say, “she really gets it.” Thanks for being there.


    April 21, 2016

    I love Cabot cheese!!!! My favorite.


    April 21, 2016

    I love cheese. And your blog


    April 21, 2016

    You’ve got this half!! It’ll be a cake walk for you (or maybe a cheese walk haha). Cheesy huh? Like what I did there?


    April 21, 2016

    Good luck…you either love running at first sight….or you don’t. Everyone has different “passions”…

    Bridget Whyte

    April 21, 2016

    Good luck on your half marathon! I’m impressed that you’re doing it even though you’re not feeling it as passionately as you once did.


    April 21, 2016

    Long time reader of your blog! Always enjoy keeping up with you and your family. Good luck with the half. Vermont is beautiful. I know you will enjoy it! Thanks for the giveaway.


    April 21, 2016

    Hi Roni,
    Looong time reader here -& long time cheese lover! Give me an extra sharp cheddar and I’m a happy girl.

    Have a great night!

    Sarah in WI

    April 21, 2016

    Hang in there! Get your sleep.


    April 22, 2016

    I like cheese far more than running. Makes me glad you are giving away the one I’d prefer to win :)


    April 22, 2016

    You definitely have a full plate. My kids are two and four and its more difficult than having a toddler and a newborn in many ways. They are actual little humans, not just babies that need to kept on a schedule. They have opinions and the responsibility of discipline and teaching them your values is suddenly very clear. I can only imagine it intensifies at your kids’ age. Good for you for knowing what your priorities are and being true to what makes you happy.


    April 22, 2016

    You’re right… You are rocking it. Now let yourself enjoy it! Don’t make yourself feel bad for not doing more. Keep on keeping on!

    P.S. I love cheese! :)

    Lauren S

    April 22, 2016

    Our house LOVES Cabot cheese!


    April 22, 2016

    I would love to be able to run 9 miles. You rock!!

    Michelle Kornfeld

    April 22, 2016

    Enjoy every mile of your half!


    April 22, 2016

    I’m in a similar boat as you. I’ve run three half marathons but, in the last two years, my interest in weight lifting has taken over my free time and I don’t run nearly as much as I used to. Good luck on your last long run and thanks for the giveaway. You’re one of my favorites, hands down!!

    Mel Severson

    April 22, 2016

    You’re better than me! I signed up for a half that I had little training in on and ended up selling my bib instead of facing my fear of not being prepared and just running and walking when I needed to. It’s not like it was swimming and I’d drown if I stopped. To make up for cancelling the half I signed up for a 10k instead. More manageable in my head I guess. Good luck!

    Amy Davidson

    April 22, 2016

    Roni, I love reading your blog and I love cheese! I’m enjoy teading about your life and am happy to have a small part in the great things you are doing at the gym! You really do a great job balancing your life with family, work and serving the community. Have a good run.


    April 22, 2016

    I love cheese. Remember it is about the journey….


    April 22, 2016

    I know you’ve struggled to think of yourself as a “runner”, but given that you know you can knock out a half-marathon without a dedicated training schedule, well, you’ve DEFINITELY made it to “runner”!


    April 22, 2016

    Good luck with the race! You’ll do great!!


    April 22, 2016

    Love Cabot cheese…


    April 22, 2016

    I live in Middlebury, am doing the Maple Run, and am in the exact same boat – training didn’t go as planned but I’m not stressing about it :).

    Kristin H

    April 22, 2016

    Thanks for being so inspirational!

    Oh, and who doesn’t love CHEESE! :)


    April 22, 2016

    I absolutely love your blog!! I relate to so much of it. I enjoy the balance that you attempt to strike. Your words are a great encouragement! As for cheese…. I LOVE CHEESE. In fact, much like you, I actually did things like give up cheese (gasp!) to facilitate weight loss. I am a much happier person now that it is back in my life.


    April 22, 2016

    Hmmmm…cheese, crackers, wine….a lovely, lazy Saturday afternoon…


    April 22, 2016

    It’s going to be a great run in beautiful countryside!!


    April 22, 2016

    Roni, you’re totally #wycwyc’ing your way through life, and I think you are a great role model for so many people. You’re going to rock that half!

    P.S. I <3 cheese!!!

    Bill Bishop

    April 22, 2016

    I have a half marathon coming up in June. Oh, and I love cheese!

    Abby S

    April 22, 2016

    I’ve been reading your blog for a little over 2 years. You’re a true inspiration! I’m a mom of 3 (just added twins to the mix last year!) and if I have enough time to log a walk I feel grateful.

    Also, would love to win the cheese ;)

    Jean Sawicky

    April 22, 2016

    Thanks for offering this giveaway. I love your thoughts on life and working out and look forward to your blog. Love cheese.


    April 22, 2016

    Good luck in the half, Roni!

    I’ve been going back into your old blog archives this week looking for some inspiration to get my weight loss going again and have found it. You really had a no nonsense, do what it takes to get it done, work the program attitude, and it helped me re-examine what I’m doing and make some tweaks. I’m taking it old school and experimenting with following the old WW flex plan to see how it goes…can you believe I actually found an app that will support it?

    I do love me some cheese, I actually have some Cabot 50% reduced fat cheddar in my fridge right now, so I’m in for the giveaway!


    April 22, 2016

    Love your point of view! Thanks for putting it out there!


    April 22, 2016

    yum cheese!

    Valerie padgett

    April 22, 2016

    There’s a reason photographers have been forever telling their subjects to “Say Cheese!”
    After all, who can’t crack a great big smile when the thought of eating cheese enters your brain?? I humbly think cheese is nature’s most perfect food☺️!
    Good luck in the half marathon!
    By the way, My fitness and exercise mantra and motivation has always been: Action before motivation. Take action and the motivation will soon follow. works like a charm…


    April 22, 2016

    Sounds like you have your priorities in order. I have kids too and know how busy life gets. I don’t have a blog either :) Good luck on the half!

    Amy L

    April 22, 2016

    I am always in awe of what you’re able to accomplish! I think we all struggle with giving ourselves permission to #wycwyc, but really what are we changing by beating ourselves up for not being able to be superhuman? You keep doing what makes you happy and sustains you!

    And girl… Cheese…

    Sarah Champlin

    April 22, 2016

    Love cheese!


    April 22, 2016

    Great post! You are a busy bee! And you are absolutely right not to get down on yourself!
    My family and I would love to win the cheese! Thanks Roni!


    April 22, 2016

    You’re doing great! Would love to win the cheese :)

    Heather S

    April 22, 2016

    My husband and I are HUGE cheese fans – I would la la LOVE to win this, thanks so much for hosting such a rad giveaway!


    April 22, 2016

    Good luck in the half!

    Claude Maugein

    April 22, 2016

    You can’t do it all! Running is awesome; but really trashes the body and mind, it’s the recuperation that takes so long, besides the activity itself. ON top of that, you have evolved with many other interests.

    The CrossFit, however, will really help you breeze through the 13.1 because of all the strength and muscular endurance you have acquired. And yes, it will allow you to really enjoy the entire experience.

    You might ask yourself during the race why it was tougher last time? You might even PR without trying!


    April 22, 2016

    I’ll look forward to seeing your updates about the marathon! One day I’ll run one… but there are a few things I need to do first… like training. :-)

    Anyhow, this looks like a beautiful prize package… thanks to you and to Cabot for offering it!

    Mary Mc

    April 22, 2016

    Love, love, love cheese~Good Luck on your marathon~


    April 22, 2016

    I absolutely love Cabot cheese. And Ronnie, I love your blogs…have for years!!!!!! your Sensational Sundays with family pics are my favorite!

    Jenny Graber

    April 22, 2016

    Our family LOVES Cabot cheese!


    April 22, 2016

    It’s been fun and inspiring to watch as you’ve been on this long journey to a healthy lifestyle. Thanks for sharing your life with us.


    April 22, 2016

    I love Cabot cheese!

    Good luck on your half marathon and enjoy running in Vermont.

    Sherri D

    April 23, 2016

    Oh my, Cabot cheese!!!! Awesome give-away Roni!
    This posting spoke to me. I have such a full life these days. My husband is so supportive. He’s started taking our son to school in the mornings so I can go to my yoga class, workouts, and wt loss support group, without worrying about traffic delays. (son’s school is in the opposite direction from where I need to be)
    I had to fight with myself to allow ME to enjoy this and to feel worthy of letting someone else do what I COULD do, but don’t HAVE to do…therefore, making my life a little easier to manage.
    Sorry about the sentence structure, or lack thereof. lol Thanks for all you do Roni, and for this cheesy prize chance! :D

    Victoria VandeStreek

    April 23, 2016

    My day is ALWAYS better when you blog. I hear what you say in my head but listen with my heart. I’m a cheesehead, so hey, I’d love that cheese!


    April 23, 2016

    Good Luck on your race!

    Jennifer Keefer

    April 24, 2016

    I love cheese — this would be great to win! The sharp cheese is my favorite.


    April 24, 2016

    Enjoy the race – you are the healthiest you’ve ever been and that is cause for celebration.

    Cabot sharp cheddar in a broccoli cheese soup tasted delish for me last week.


    April 24, 2016

    This past week was crazy with passover preparation. I really felt like I was dropping the ball on exercising, I even slept in sat and Sunday (I usually get up at 5:45 7 days a week to exercise before the kids get up). But then I thought wycwyc, I need a break. So I went for a stroll with the 3 year old yesterday then carried her home. Today I’m of for a run. I didn’t beat myself up, just said you need a break. I know I’ll feel amazing after the run. We are all human even if we want to be supermom. Thanks for sharing your life!