It’s time to take what you love, and run with it.

Yesterday, I finished up week 4, making it 1/4 of the way through completion of my marathon training. I’ve had my good run days, and my tough run days. Yesterday’s 10 mile run was a great run day.

I feel pumped, my head is clear to start a purposeful and productive week.

Here’s what week 5 looks like.

Monday, rest

Tuesday, 4 miles

Wednesday, 7 miles

Thursday, rest

Friday, 6 miles

Saturday, 4 miles

Sunday, 13 miles!

What are you waiting for? Time to get up, get out, get active. Time to work on that goal you’ve been thinking about. You don’t have to run a marathon, but you should stop dreaming, and start doing. It’s time to get those creative juices flowing and share your Beautiful self with the world. Your time is now ❤️. Take what you love, and run with it. 🏃🏽‍♂️🏃🏽‍♀️💕✨

#ForTheLoveOfRunning

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More hours in the day please

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall.

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the kings horses, and all the kings men

Couldn’t put Humpty together again

I’m feeling like Humpty Dumpty. I’m teetering on the edge of a wall. I’ve got so much to do, and I feel like I have so little time to do it in.

You would think that as a stay at home mom with two kids in school full-time that I would have all the time in the world, right?

Wrong!

Can I just have a few extra hours added to my day?

I don’t want to fall off of that wall and come crashing down.

I am not ready to give up any of my extras. However, somethings got to go. Instead of giving something up, I keep finding myself getting excited about more projects, more goals, and more to do’s.

I love goals, calendars, checklists. I love the feeling of completion. I love feeling productive.

What I need, is to find balance. Balancing my passions, and balancing my role as a present and engaged mom.

This means running when my kids are still asleep in the morning, or after they’ve gone to bed at night.

This means getting all my business done as the president of the national Federation of the blind of Nevada while the kids are in school.

This means putting myself out there on social media to promote my blog.

This means finding time in my day to start writing my book.

This means putting in the research for a project my mind is spinning around to empower blind children through the love of running.

This means keeping a clean and tidy house for a slightly OCD husband.

This means, this mom starts her day with a good cup of coffee in the morning and ends it with a Great glass of wine at night.

As I teeter along like Humpty Dumpty, I continue to run and write, as those are the two things that keep me balanced.

What keeps you balanced?

Questions to Fellow Stay at Home Moms

Dear fellow stay at home moms who are also blind, and also to those moms who can see too,

I have one question for you. Well it’s more like two.

What do you find you struggle with most? Your answer does not have to be blindness related or to parenting at all.

What are some things, tricks, tools, techniques you use to help you get over those hurtles?

I’d like to really spark a conversation here.

XOXO,

MamaRupp

Photo of me

Coffee companion

my parents retired and moved to Las Vegas exactly 2 years ago. They are happily enjoying retirement and spending a lot of time with all of their grandkids, all 5.5 of them Who are located in three different states. After being gone for a few weeks, they returned home last night. I headed over for a morning cup of coffee with my mom and was pleasantly surprised by this gift.

Photo description, a white coffee mug with the words, “Coffee makes me poop.” The best part about it is the tactile poop in the middle of the words.

I am grateful to have my mom right around the corner, and extra grateful for her sense of humor to go with my morning cup of coffee.

Just another mother runner Who happens to be blind

On the morning of May 6, my running guide/driver Kim picked me up at 6 AM. During the half hour drive, we talked about all sorts of great stuff, like how we need time for our bodies to wake up before a long run, and how it’s so important to make sure you poop. I hadn’t pooped yet. All I could think about was that I was to run 13.1 miles and I hadn’t pooped yet. My apologies if this is too much information.

This morning, while I was on the toilet, my running guide texted me that she was outside. I texted back, “Pooping. Be out in a few. Sorry if that’s TMI.”

During that drive to the half marathon last May, Kim told me about a podcast I might really enjoy. This podcast is hosted by two mom runners. This podcast talks about all sorts of stuff from running, to gear, to balancing kids, to diet, to even pooping and breast feeding schedules.

I haven’t been much of a podcast person. I enjoy spending way too much time on Facebook, reading blogs, books, and turning on my audiobooks on the Bluetooth speaker while I’m doing chores around the house for entertainment.

I guess I’m into Podcasts now thanks to the discovery of this one.

This one is called, “another mother runner.”

If I knew how to insert hyperlinks from my phone, then you could just click on, “another mother runner,” it would take you straight there.

Since I’m not willing to dedicate the time to learn something new. Since I don’t have any working Wi-Fi in my house and don’t feel like tethering my phone to my computer to hop on it’s hotspot, you’ll just need to google up, “another mother runner,” to find the podcast for yourself.

Me, I’m going to finish this glass of wine. I’ll make sure the kids have brushed and floss their teeth. Finally, I’ll enjoy a good nights sleep, because I am just another mother runner who woke up at 4 AM to get in a 6 mile run before my kids woke up.

I am just another mother runner who has found my Zen through running.

I am just another mother runner juggling a crazy hectic schedule, a marathon training plan, kids, a husband who is just slightly on the OCD side of keeping a clean house, I am just another mother runner who feels great after getting in a good long run.

I am just another mother runner who happens to be blind.

Rupp & Roll Marathon Training Team

I started this journey last December when I met John Sterling for our first Achilles Las Vegas run. He asked me what my goals were for running, and I said, “ I want to run the Las Vegas rock and roll marathon.”

In order for these next few months to be a success, I will need an entire team supporting me. I will need running guides, drivers, and childcare to help me get across the finish line on November 11.

How do I intend on making this happen? I have created a Facebook group called, “Rupp & Roll Marathon Training Team.”

https://m.facebook.com/groups/233497340607868

I invite you to follow me on my journey as I conquer this incredible goal. Whether you are a local runner in Las Vegas and would like to share a few miles or twenty, as part of my training. Whether you are cheering me on as I run 26.2 miles up, around,and down the Las Vegas Strip. Whether you are there in person to catch me as I cross that finish line. Whether you can join the team by volunteering as a guide, watch my kids, or Driver. I can use all the support, kudos on Strava, and cheers via social media these next 14 weeks.

Return to the IEP Frozen Yogurt Shop

My husband and I wrote this article in the 2017 Edition of Future Reflections. Future Reflections is a publication produced by the National Federation of the Blind for parents and educators of blind children. Last week, I received a phone call from our daughter’s TVI. She called to inform me that my daughter has been reassigned to a new teacher. All of our hearts are broken. For the last two years, this wonderful woman has gotten my daughter excited about learning braille. I can’t help but feel nervous of what is in store. We’ve had quite the experience with teachers throughout the last few years. Now, it’s time for another trip back to the IEP Frozen Yogurt Shop.

https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/fr/fr36/2/fr360204.htm