Race. Breathe a sigh of relief. Repeat.

Two of my good friends-slash-blog-readers described my last entry as “one cliff hanger of a blog post” and “dramatic.” Since then, my stress-inducing crisis of the moment has passed. So I guess it’s about time I clear the air!

As I mentioned, that blog post wasn’t referring to a race. What it was referring to was a most excellent dilemma – Which of two exciting job offers to accept! Having felt years of professional frustration, I mulled over the decision with furrowed brow for at least 48 hours. Each offered a unique opportunity that would largely determine my career trajectory; so I took both into some serious consideration.

I didn’t mention the best part yet. Both are in. . .DENVER!!! Early Thursday evening, I made my decision and accepted an offer. This displaced Colorado girl’s going home to Colorado! Having been away from home for the better part of nearly two years now, you can imagine my bliss. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t jump up and down and shriek in the kitchen once I hung up the phone after accepting the offer.

I’ll start my new position in June. I’ll be able to see my family – including my niece and two nephews – MUCH more frequently. I’ll be in a great new position putting me in the mix of the early childhood field in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado.

I’ll be eating Dakin and JD’s dust on trail runs as we prepare for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon:

Herman's Gulch - Have a feeling we'll be here a lot this summer!

Herman’s Gulch – Have a feeling we’ll be here a lot this summer!

I’ll be able to run in Cheeseman Park whenever I want:

Insert dreamy sigh here. . .

Insert dreamy sigh here. . .

I’ll be back at the Irish Snug every Thursday night for a few miles and a pint. . .or a car bomb:

Did someone say 'Cheers'?!

Did someone say ‘Cheers’?!

I’ll be home.

I am so happy that this race is over; and I’m even looking forward to my next race, whatever it may be.

I’ve come what feels like a long way. And still, I’ve got a long way to run.

Melissa Mincic, Ph.D., studies child development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a long-time road and trail runner. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @nerdinrunshoes.

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