Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Priorities, Same Blog

I would like to say hello again to the Blog World. To pretty much everyone, I am new to blogging, but as you can see from my archives, I have been here before. Why am I back? I never wanted to leave in the first place. When I stopped blogging over a year and a half ago, I had returned to work and simply ran out of time.

I am a mom of 2 young girls and worked up to 60 hours a week. When I went back to work, I really had no choice. Life happened and I had to return to work. I liked working and I loved feeling more financially comfortable, but even more life happened.

Just after returning to work, my older brother moved next door to me. He was a recovering alcoholic and my parents were trying to help him on his road to recovery. I loved having my brother nearby. He was a college athlete so we really bonded over running. We spent an amazing summer together in 2010, running every morning before work. We shared stories and dreams, all about running. It was so much fun. The summer ended and my parents moved away and so did my brother. I continued to work and train and fill him in on my progress. In January, after 4 years of running, I finally qualified for Boston at the Disney Marathon. My brother, was one of the first persons I called.

In April of 2011, the day before the Boston Marathon, my brother texted me asking if I was running Boston, and I told him, I wouldn't be running until 2012. He was still really excited for me. I was so proud of myself for having my big brother so happy for me. Three days later, I got the call on my way to work....My brother had died in his sleep.

We don't know how my brother died. He had been in the hospital in February with blood clots, so that is what the doctors tell my parents he died of. My brother beat up his body because of his addiction and his body could no longer take care of him. I loved my brother and miss him everyday. I cannot go to my trail in the morning and not remember his smiling face as he would be so proud of each new mileage milestone. I am running Boston in 2012 and I will be running that marathon with my brother in my heart.

How this relates to my return to blogging is that last month I quit my job. My family is more important to me than working. Yes, things are tighter around our house, but I get to spend every day with my daughters. I am a mom again and so thankful that I have been given this opportunity. It makes me sad that tragedy has to happen in order for us to open our eyes.

I hope you will return to my blog to read about myself and my family. I will obviously talk about my girls, my husband, my sister, and running friends. I will talk about my training and my journey to my dream race. I will talk about my favorite running products and how I stay injury free. This is my journal of how I live and be happy. Welcome!


Lisa said...

Looking forward to following!! So awesome you will be running Boston in 2012! I would have loved to go back. My BQ would have been good for '12, but, my husband said we need to save $$. Was a pretty expensive long weekend (Boston '11). :)

Wendy said...

Glad to see you back to blogging! I'm hoping to pick up running again... no marathon nonsense for me, but I'm sure the tips will helpful in any case! I'm sure the girls are glad to have you back home, too. :)

Running for the Kitchen said...

oh my goodness, what a heartbreaking story. I am so sorry for your family but I'm glad you get to spend so much time with your kiddos. congrats on Boston

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

welcome back to blogging and welcome to the HBBC.

i have dealt with someone with alcoholism and it is tough, but i am fortunate not to have dealt with any additional illnesses with it

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Wow what a story Robin. I have goosebumps. Really looking forward to reading your blog and following your journey to Boston. I am so sorry to hear about your brother.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...


I am so sorry for your loss Robin.. Big huge hugs to you!!

Laura said...

Wow- I didn't know this part of your story, or that you just started back to blogging in October... so sorry to hear about your brother. I can't imagine the loss you must be experiencing... but am so glad to be able to follow along on your running journey!

robinbn said...

Thanks Laura. So glad to have found your blog as well. :)