By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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As I mentioned in last week's post
, I've been telling my son stories about our family ever since he was a couple of days old. He's heard about our wedding day, vacations, and holiday traditions. I've also told him about my marathon training and racing experiences.
Who knows if he will run any races himself, but I hope he will let me retell him these stories many times as he grows up...how I saw a mama bear and her cubs during my most adventurous training run and ran in the pouring rain more times than I can count. How I "hit the wall" during my first marathon and had to rest for 30 minutes. But not too long after, ended up qualifying for Boston.
Boston was by far my favorite marathon. The crowd support was spectacular and the runners were all in their element. To run that race from start to finish is an experience all runners deserve.
Gratefully, I was no where near Boston when the bombing occurred last year. Like many others, I've read news stories and watched segments about "Boston Strong." When my son is old enough to understand this tragedy, I hope to share these runners', spectators' and first responders' stories with him in such a way that he sees their courage, strength and spirit
. I also hope that he can understand the Boston Marathon for what it was before and can be after this tragedy.