Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Mommy Guilt

Have you met my two biggest fans?
First Disney Marathon Weekend 2008
Marathon Weekend 2009

So the mommy guilt has set in.  This will be my 5th year heading down to Orlando for the Disney Marathon weekend, and it is the third year without my kids.  It is not that I don't take my kids to Disney, as we just spent a week there in August, but who wouldn't feel guilty about leaving these sweet things home?

Introducing the cousins that will be in school on Friday while their Moms hop a plane to Orlando.  My sister and I need a girls' weekend so the kids are staying home with their dads.  When we booked the trip in August, we were excited for the vacation.  It is time to get away without kids.  We plan on meeting other bloggers, Twitter friends, and relaxing in the hot tub.  The whole weekend is spent talking about running and totally relaxing.  

This weekend, I brought up the trip with my daughters.  I led the conversation with, "What do you want Mommy to bring you home from Disney?" Then the questions began....You're doing a race?  How come we don't get to watch?

This is what I love about my girls.  They know my trip is to Disney, but they are more upset they don't get to watch mommy run a marathon.  My girls have been to many of my races and have been good sports putting up with my hobby.
Vermont City Marathon 2011 in the rain
Baystate Marathon 2010

So I have a list of requests for souvenirs and a promise of running a 5k in the spring with my oldest daughter.  I will put the guilt out of my mind and enjoy my weekend alone.  I will read on the airplane. I will enjoy my milkshake after the marathon.  And I will wander around the shops at Epcot and not worry about little girls wondering when their next ride will be.  There will be very few rides on this trip.  Just running, margaritas, and Mickey!

Kelli, are you ready for Friday?!  It is time for us to run hard and celebrate US!











26 comments:

Michele @ nycrunningmama.com said...

I can't even imagine how hard it must be to leave them behind! I feel guilty when I head out for a long run on the weekends...but "me" time is SO important...and let's be realistic - Disney is NOT cheap!! It will cost you a small fortune to take them all there (for the 2nd time in a year no less)! You are running a marathon and your focus SHOULD be on resting, relaxing, and running. They will have a wonderful time with daddy and have a happy, new PR mommy returning home!! Good luck - and have fun with your sister!!

Teamarcia said...

OMG they are too cute! I too get all the questions and sad faces when I travel to a race without the kids. And I too feel guilty. But ENJOY! Trips like these help us to be better moms. Plus they'll be thrilled w/the souvies right? Good luck and have a blast!

See Mom Run Far said...

No guilt allowed! I feel bad leaving my kids home, but I know it would NOT be a good week for a family trip since the parks are super crowded, and I just gave the kids a wonderful Christmas and Christmas vacation, so a little mom break is ok. It's going to be great! :) Cant wait to meet you.

Jamie Campbell said...

i know how you feel, whenever i go for a run i feel a tad bit guilty!
good luck this weekend.. my dad is doing the "goofy" and my mom's running the 1/2! :) woooo :)

Fancy Nancy said...

I would feel guilty too but you are going to ROCK it! How cute are they that they want to see you race! My Em is my best cheerleader!! Go ROCk Disney! So excited to hear all about it!

Amy said...

I hope you are able to enjoy the weekend with your sister and the "me" time you so deserve. Have a great time and a great race. You will come back refreshed and your girls will be so excited to see you!

Jennifer Goodale said...

What a great way to spend a weekend! You guys are going to rock the race:) And don't feel guilty, it's a healthy release. I'm leaving my girl with her grandparents for 2 weeks while my husband and I head to Ireland, Scotland, and England!

Crystal Rhyno said...

Cute kids!

Michelle said...

Normal to have mommy guilt, but what a great example you are setting for them. And I bet that you will bring them back a little something extra! (Go for the Mickey gloves! Love them!) Happy Running!

robinbn said...

Thank you Michele! It is so hard to think of myself when my daughters are in the picture, but yes, I do need this weekend!

robinbn said...

So looking forward to the weekend, thanks for the well wishes!

robinbn said...

I gave my kids the best possible Christmas and gave them more attention than normal, so yes that does make me feel better. Can't wait to get down there and meet all my new Twitter friends!

Laura said...

I know what you mean about mommy guilt, but it's great they'll get some special daddy time. Enjoy your trip--can't wait to hear about your race!!

robinbn said...

I love that your parents are running this weekend! I wish my parents loved to run. Thanks for the well wishes!

Katie Schroth said...

Eh, mom guilt is normal. If it wasn't this weekend, it would probably be something else. I hope you have an awesome weekend and race! Good luck!

robinbn said...

Thank you! I can't wait to tell everyone how it goes!

robinbn said...

So excited to get down there and have a relaxing weekend! :)

robinbn said...

Thank you! Wow, what an amazing vacation you are going to have!

robinbn said...

Thank you!

robinbn said...

Thank you! Those gloves are fun, I bet they would love them, heh.

robinbn said...

Thanks Laura!

robinbn said...

Thank you!

Kristen said...

Enjoy your weekend and good luck in the race! I can understand that mommy guilt. I think that's so cute that they care more about watching their mommy run than missing a trip to Disney. I think you have some future runners on your hands :).

RunTheLongRoad said...

Enjoy the marathon (and margaritas) Robin! You are a rockstar running Disney and then Boston! I can't wait to follow your Boston training. Good luck and enjoy :)

Jana said...

Good luck this weekend! I definitely understand the mommy guilt, but you are setting such a great example for them.

Stephanie said...

This is what group would call unjustified guilt. You can miss them, you can be sad they are not coming , but you do not need to feel guilty. You are an amazing mother and your girls are a reflection of this. I can't wait to see the 5K with "your oldest" I am surprised "the youngest" does not want in too. Can we get them Team Sparkle skirts? Enjoy the milkshake, I am so jealous.