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Best Laid Plans...

Friday, June 09, 2006

...don't always go as you planned. Last year when I trained for my first marathon, I had the 'no excuses' attitude. After burning myself out trying to do too much too soon (a marathon, a half marathon, a 30K, and another marathon in 6 weeks) I started to make excuses again. So, I took some time off and then made excuses about getting started again. Now I got into the NYC Marathon. Who ever gets in on the first year they apply? I mean really. My plan was to apply and get rejected. After three straight years of rejection, you're an automatic entry. I had never been hoping for a rejection as much as I was hoping for this one. But noooo. My lottery number had to come up. And of course, while I never win the monetary lottery, I manage to win this one. But, because I'm so good at making excuses, I'm not in good enough shape to be training like I need to train for that one. So, my plan is to defer till next year. I can cancel my entry for this year and have guaranteed entry for next year. A second reason for cancelling this year is the date. The 'thon is scheduled for November 5. My mom has a milestone birthday November 3. I can't miss it. And it'd be a bit selfish of me to ask my family to give her a trip to New York with me so that I can run the marathon. Hey. I thought about it. But that's really, really selfish. So, now I'm in a pre-marathon training class. This class will roll straight into the White Rock marathon training class. I'll run White Rock in December, and then another marathon in the spring next year. Then, New York will be in my sights. That's the plan anyway.

6/09/2006 09:13:00 AM :: ::
  • Well that's okay. If it doesn't work out it doesn't work out. But a trip to New York does sound fun!

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 6/09/2006 09:53:00 AM


  • BIG kudos for all the marathon plans even if you were wishing for the rejection. I can't wait to get back into shape after Henry gets himself born. Somehow that needs to be a high priority amidst juggling the two boys. Must, must get back in shape. Good luck to you!

    And thanks for all your kind words at the virtual baby shower! I wish I could have Eli toilet trained but he isn't close to that yet. Diapers galore for me!

    I'll keep myself posted on your running life. I certainly need the inspiration!

    By Anonymous Meredith, at 6/09/2006 08:25:00 PM


  • :) New York isn't going any where anyways... :) Next year will give you lots of time to get ready for it.

    By Blogger Froggie, at 6/10/2006 01:31:00 AM


  • I think you made a wise choice sis. You will get more fulfillment from the NYC marathon when you are really ready for it, physically and mentally. G'Luck!

    By Blogger Brittany, at 6/10/2006 10:32:00 AM


  • It's always good to know your limits... sounds like this could have caused more stress than it was worth!
    Good luck with White Rock instead!

    By Anonymous Laura, at 6/10/2006 10:45:00 AM


  • I really don't know how you do it!! Good luck with all the training!

    By Anonymous Claire, at 6/11/2006 07:35:00 AM


  • My God
    The fact that Marathon planning is even something you consider in your daily life is awesome!
    I fancy the New York one - you should defintely do it next year...
    Keep runnin' babe...
    You are an excellent role model...

    By Blogger Tori, at 6/11/2006 10:38:00 AM


  • I'm all banged up from a trail run I did on Friday. Never had done one before, so I wasn't prepared for all it entailed.
    I will do another one ONLY when I am properly trained for it, so I understand totally what you are doing. That your number even got picked was a totally excellent thing. You'll do so much better next year. It's good to know what your limitations are and what you need to do to broaden them.
    Keep us posted on how you are doing. You will totally rock!!

    By Blogger UziCue, at 6/11/2006 11:32:00 AM


  • You're amazing woman! Happy training.

    By Blogger poopie, at 6/11/2006 03:03:00 PM


  • I'm willing to chip in to buy you some new skin-tight shorts.

    Wait, running? Is that what this post was about?

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 6/11/2006 11:18:00 PM


  • Good luck with the training... awesome to have your sights set!!

    By Blogger Marie, at 6/12/2006 05:29:00 AM


  • Sounds good... no sense doing something that huge that you don't feel ready for!

    You should play the state lottery and see if your lucky streak will carry over to the CASH!

    By Blogger Kristin, at 6/12/2006 05:39:00 AM


  • Seems like a good plan. It sounds like you know your limitations and have your head in the right place. How many people just "go for it" and end up hurting themselves?

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 6/13/2006 01:52:00 PM


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