Good Enough Mother:
Volvic Water, Tough Mudder
and Completing the Race

I’m about to share something that may shock many of you. Some of you are going to say, “Oh you shouldn’t do that! You might burn a bridge.” 

I have thought long and hard about this and here is the conclusion I have reached; if this is the bridge, I don’t want to see what’s on the other side. 

Okay so here goes…

Recently I had an exchange with a PR representative for Volvic Spring Water.  Honestly, I had never heard of them prior to this email. According to their Facebook page, Volvic Water offers: 

Volvic’s unique mineral composition aid in body metabolism, water balance, and bone health. These minerals are critical for proper functioning of the body.

Volvic is one of the market’s leader user of rPET. Every bottle of Volvic is now made in part with recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable. Its water source is managing in the most sustainable way. The objective is to protect water quality and quantity for future generations.



Volvic is the official sponsor for the New York Tough Mudder, which is being held in Bethpage, New York at the end of July.  Tough Mudder, is a mud run with obstacles and it’s HARD! 

Many of you know I am co-owner of, a women’s fitness company. Our goal is to help women realize their full potential, pushing them to be strong and healthy so they can be all that they need to be for everyone in their lives. 

So when someone from  Rosie Mattio PR  reached out asking if I’d like to train with them to be part of the Volvic Water Tough Mudder team, I was like: 



Wow! What an honor! 


Here’s the email from Daniela at Rosie Mattio PR:



 This was a second email from Daniela as you can see. The first one got by me but when I saw the second one, I responded right away! Because.. 

HELL YEAH I want to push myself! I’d love to try the Tough Mudder! I have, to date, completed about 15 Warrior Dashes.. and you know what? I’m a badass.


Daniela responds:




Mmmmkay. Number 1.. who said anything about not being able to COMPLETE the race? I said I was SCARED of the full Mudder (10-12 miles); I NEVER said I could not finish it. But knowing it would be my first Tough Mudder, I asked if I could do the half and that was one of the things that she initially offered.

Oh and I WANT to do the work.. so there’s that. 

So I wrote back: 


 I mean she told me in the email that both days were available. Now I get how it goes with these PR companies; they cast a wide net and sometimes when the availability is gone, they cannot fulfill what they offered. And had she said that, I would have been like.. 




But she did not. She ASSUMED (along with the “team” whoever they are) that I could not ”complete” the race; a horrible assumption on their part. 

So she responds to my confusion about both races being available. 



Mmmkay. So I can’t complete the race (according to them) but dammit, I can get me some water! Yahoooo!






And Daniela’s response, which contains the assumption AGAIN, that I cannot complete the race. 


After this exchange, I now want to know more about the “team” and Volvic Water. So I go to their Facebook page.. and apparently this is who drinks Volvic water. 





Not women who look like this:


Or this.



Lemme tell you something about me.



I work REAL HARD. 

I am 54-years-old.. probably twice the age of every one of the models they have representing their health water. 

I am not a size 2.

My stomach hasn’t been flat in more than 25 years.. which, I’m guessing,  is right around the time all the models on the Volvic Water Facebook page were born.

 But none of that is what I want Daniela, the Rosie Mattio PR “team”, Volvic Water and Tough Mudder to know know about me:

I am completing the race.

Sometimes it’s been harder than others.

When I walked into the office at CBS,  to be fired from my high-profile job, you know what I did? 

I completed the race.

My last day on the air at CBS, The Early Show 

When I had to go on air EVERY DAY and act like nothing was wrong, do my job informing the public while I was breaking inside.. you know what I did?

I completed the race.

When I was on the table at Memorial Sloan Kettering having made the gut-wrenching decision to have my own breasts removed 2 weeks after being fired, you know what I did? 

I completed the race. 


When calls from friends became less frequent, when my hair fell out, when my bank account diminished, when I lost much of what I spent my life building.. you know what I did?

I completed the race. 

The bottom line is this: I don’t need Volvic Water, Daniela from Rosie Mattio PR or even the folks at the Tough Mudder to affirm the thing I know about me. 


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pour myself a glass of TAP water and, without mud and fanfare,  finish my own damn race.