Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Big Announcement and a Vote Needed

I AM A QUITTER!

I quit, I am done, and I am not doing it anymore. I am talking about training for the Twin Cities Marathon on October 4th. I have officially decided to halt training and not complete the race. The decision was not an easy one to make. I have invested a lot of time and money already and quitting would be throwing it all away. I brought up the issue to Chubby Hubby and I saw his face light up. I knew I was making the right decision when he threw his arms up in the air and yelled HALLELUJAH!

I don't like to quit things and usually I have guilt pangs if I do not complete something that I have started. This time is different. My life circumstances have changed significantly in the last few months and training has had to take a back seat. Work and family eat up the majority of my time right now and I want to be around for them more. Following a training schedule has become stressful since it did cut into my time with my kids. I have already proven that I can run a marathon with little training, I don't need or want to do it again. . For now, I am taking a step back, getting into better shape, and focusing on running being fun again. I may revisit the idea in a few years but for now I am going to stick to shorter distances.


Now that I have that off my chest, I need to get to real important stuff.


There a very important issue that needs resolution.



I just received this email from BFF's Hubby :

Just for the record, I just took 5 minutes to review the ‘stache votes on the blog.
4 – FOR
4 – against
2 – comments, no real vote
So, the jury is still out…



This is in response to her and I telling him that it was a land-slide victory for a nude upper lip in the previous informal poll.

Now to finally put this issue to bed, please take a moment to officially vote to keep or shave the 'stache.





Survey Results - GlowDay.com

28 comments:

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Life and family come first... if it's something you still want to do later on, you certainly can. Keeping the 'fun' element of running will help you stick with it more too ;)

Special K said...

There was this funny cartoon of Dan Wesserman once of a woman saying, "I run for health, eat right, do yoga, chat with friends..." and on and on until she said "no wonder I don't have a life!"
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Marlene said...

Sounds like the right decision for right now. There will be other marathons!

Jess said...

If it's stressful and it isn't enjoyable on some level, it's not worth training for. Good for you for deciding on what's most important in your life. We all have to prioritize.

As for the 'stache, I cast my vote, and sorry buddy, it was a resounding "no!" Only serial killers, highway cops, and child molestors sport 'staches.

Sarah said...

Sounds like you made a great decision...doing what is best for you and your family.

Definitely get rid of the stache. ;)

X-Country2 said...

I think you're making the right decision. Running is a choice. Once it becomes an obligation, it's missing the point.

Al's CL Reviews said...

The fact that the training was stressing you out, says it all. Run smaller distances, stay healthy and spend time with your family.

Life is too precious for you to miss them!

D10 said...

Family comes first. I think you are doing what is best for you. I also think running for fun and building a solid base is a great idea.

MCM Mama said...

I think you made a good decision. I've enjoyed this summer much more than last summer when I was trying to get in certain distances. This summer, I've just been running what works for me and I think I'm in just as good a shape and much happier.

I'm still debating whether I want to do another in the next few years or if I just want to work on speed.

And, yucko on the mustache.

RunToFinish said...

It is always hard to decide to step back from something but that doesn't make it wrong. I'm glad you figured out what is most important right now...and total no on the stach

Anonymous said...

Keep the stache!!! The only people that dont like the stache are guys that cant grow one and chics that have one:)

-Jay Zass

Amanda said...

Every year my hubby grows a beard, then after a while shaves it down to a stache for a couple days.

It sounds like you made a good decision about your training, enjoy fun running again!

Aka Alice said...

Of course you made the right decision...for all the reasons that you, and everyone else has said.

As for the stache? I think Jess said it all :-)

Oz Runner said...

family has to come first, good choice....

GadgetGirl said...

I would have loved to see a different photo. That one is a bit cheesey. And one without the stache would've helped. But going with what I see, cheesey photo aside, I vote no.

Missy said...

He looks like a handsome devil under that thing - it's got to go;)...and I DO like men with furry faces.

You must do what is best and family is always #1. Can't lose sight of that.

Lily on the Road said...

Good for you to make a wise decison. Training is a career on its own and you have had some major life changes going on these past few months. Running is for fun and when it interferes with real life, then it is time to step back.

as for the stach, GO...

Heather said...

I think you made the right decision. Feeling guilty and miserable while you are training is counterproductive.

I really hope the vote works and the stache disappears. SOOOOOO creepy.

Carolina John said...

that mustache makes him look like a pedophile. no offense.

you're too busy to train for a marathon? quitter! i just posted my daily schedule asking for help adjusting the schedule to fit another workout in.

but yea i know life and kids must come first. or just get rid of them and go for a run. no, i kid.

She-Fit said...

Im glad that you were able to come to that decision. I think your husbands reaction speaks louder than words.
There are always marathons to train for... you have you whole life a head of you if you ever decide to do it again.

RBR said...

I am a firm believer that no one pays us to do this and it should be fun AND fit into your life. Family time is WAY more important than a distance. It doesn't mean you can't run, but marathon training is a whole other beast.

Tammy said...

Good for you for not pushing yourself to complete the marathon unprepared.

As for the stache- it has GOT to go.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

If it's not fun, why do it? That's how I decide on things like that. Sounds like it wasn't fun. Maybe some other time it will be. Or not. Whatever... :-)

Running Around Acres said...

Sorry to hear about no marathon. it sucks, but you have to do what is best for yourself and family. There will be others in your future.

Wendy said...

I applaud you for considering what is best for your family. I know sometimes it is hard to step away from something.

Skylar Masey said...

Don't think of yourself as a quitter, it will just make you feel worse! I can understand all too well about making the time to train. I'm training for my first half-marathon and constantly struggle to fit in my runs. Though it isn't always fun, it's a commitment. :0) I just wish you'd had the eating marathon with your hubby sooner so you wouldn't have lost on on so much time and money!

aron said...

dont call yourself a quitter at all!! you are smart... there is no reason to go run a marathon when your heart and training isnt there. enjoy your running and have fun :)

Leah said...

The 'stache stays only if you put manly in quotation marks (like this: "manly") and admit that he just wishes it was 1974 again.

Sorry dude. It's just not working. And just think how happy your wife'll be with it gone! Think of all the guilt trips you can put her through ;)