Monday, October 6, 2008

My Motivation

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No words can come close to describing how proud we are of our son and his decision to serve our country as a Marine. The honor and respect that he has for himself and his uniform is immeasurable. Even being around him for just a short time on base I quickly realized that I (we) have lost touch with the true meaning of freedom and the act of kindness towards one another.

With that here are some pictures of our new United States Marine!!!

First hug in 3 months! Beginning of Family on base.
One of the stops on our base tour

Don't you love the Marine issued glasses? :)

Perfect formation!

Graduation Day!!

Our Proudest moment!!
Now he begins his next stage in training and the begining of his life as a man. This is a very weird place for me and I am staying focused on all of the great things that are before him.
On the running front:
Since last week was a recovery week I took advantage of this and rested my legs and mind in preperation of my peak week this week of 58 miles.
On the schedule for the week:
Monday - 10 miles / full weight training
Tuesday - 6 miles
Wednesday - 8 miles / full weight training
Thursday - Off
Friday - 31 miles ( I have no idea where I will be running this one)
Saturday - off
Sunday- 3 miles recovery run
Almost there..... with the race fast approaching I continue to tell myself that if my son can do 13 weeks of boot camp than surely this 54 mile trail race can be conquered.


Anonymous said...

Awesome - congratulations to your son. Actually you guys look more like brother and sister!

Marcy said...

Awwwhhhh Robin! You guys are so cute! CONGRATS again! I can't believe your son is a grown man! Dang you're a MILF! ;-) (Is it ok for me to say that? LOL)

Anonymous said...

The first pictures says it all. You can tell you are proud of your son.

Good luck on the training front this week. You can do it.

Sherry said...

Awwww, Robin... I know that feeling of pride oh so well. Congratulations to your son. I hope that he enjoys a wonderful and rewarding career serving our beautiful country. I tell ya, my time spent in the AF were some of the happiest moments of my life.

Had to laugh at the "BCGs". I remember those well.

And I'm with the other posters... you have a GROWN son?? My goodness... you don't even look old enough to have a 10 year old let alone a child who is of-age to serve our country. :o)

Keep up the awesome training!

BeachRunner said...

Congrats to you and to your son on his achievement. What great pictures. Good luck with your coming week of training.

The Happy Runner said...

Congratulations to you and your son. You definitely look proud!

Good luck with your training.

Runner Mom said...

Oh, my word! Those pictures are awesome! I'll give you a call later and catch up!!
Love you!

SLB said...

That's awesome you must all be so proud, there are fewer things more inspiring than selfless service!

Wes said...

He looks mean. Just the way we like'em :-)

*aron* said...

that is so awesome!! congrats to you and your son!!!

good luck on your training this week! you will rock it i am sure :)

Chris said...

AWESOME !! Congrats to your new Marine! Oh, and nothing like the BCD specs as well! :-)

I can only imagine your pride Robin and have to say that I am very grateful for people like your son who are willing to serve for others who don't, won't or can't!

WE need to catch up. ARe we doing a ride or run this week?

Steve Stenzel said...

YEAH! Congrats to your son!!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Congrats to you and your son. You must be so proud.

You are going to do awesome in that race. A little extra motivation can't hurt either.

Journey to a Centum said...

No doubt he's your son when you look at that first picture!

You just need to find a 50K to run this weekend for your 31 mile training run. I'm sure there's one within driving distance! Not that you feel much like trapezing all over after your trip to your son's Marine Corps graduation.

Coincidentally Michelle, Steve, and I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of this month. Just us and 30,000 of our closest marathon buddies! Last time I ran it in 2005 and have never been called sir so many times in my life as I was at the expo and race day. As I understand it the money raised goes toward the Marine Corps fitness equipment and sports budget.

Have an excellent week!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I would be welling up with so much pride. What a wonderful, brave young man you raised :)

I am in awe of your training miles. How neat that you can think of your son and boot camp to help you through the miles!

J~Mom said...

AWESOME!!! What a handsome young man!!

Marathoner in Training said...

If you did not tell us, I would say he is your older brother. Congrats to your family, it is an honor to charish your son as a USMC. He will be in our prayers.

Nick said...

Awesome Robin. I am proud of everyone of our soldiers.
A lot of times on my running adventures, I think about them and what they are going through.
Makes all of my minor complaints go away quickly.

As for the 31 miler..uh, maybe you could star in your very own 50k...?

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like a great time! Love the pics!

Kevin said...

That is awesome. I am sure you are so proud of him as we all are

Erin Leigh said...

Awww, what a great thing for him to do. You all should be proud!

ShirleyPerly said...

Indeed, you look too young to have a son that big. Congrats on your son's achievement. My husband still has and wears his BCGs (Birth Control Goggles, as he calls them) because they are virtually indestructible. Semper Fi!

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Melanie said...

congrats to you and your son! Wow. You must be so proud :)

Girl on Top said...

31 miles. Oh my word!

That's wonderful about your son!!! And the glasses are super.