We all know the saying by Thomas H. Palmer:( I love Google!):
"If at first you don't succeed, try try again..."
We all also have heard the saying,
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" (thank you Einstein!)
I have decided to throw my name into the Twin Cities Marathon on October 3rd, 2010. Again. When I didn't get chosen for the lottery for the half marathon I wanted to run, I needed a plan B. I called Chubby Hubby into the room and we had the following conversation:
Me: What would you say if....
CH: (cutting me off) Hmmmm lemme guess, you are going to sign up for the full.
Me: No, not exactly. Not Grandma's Full, Twin Cities
CH: (eye roll)
Me: Bad idea?
CH: Will it involve me running?
CH: Great. Go for it! (another eye roll and a sarcastic laugh)
So, I am gonna go for it. I know those of you who have been following this blog for a bit are probably rolling your eyes right along with Chubby Hubby because you have read about my grand plans only to have me cope out. Last year, in the EXACT same circumstances, I signed up for this same race only to drop out of training,ditching the race, and losing the expensive race fee. This year is different! (stop it, I can hear the groans)
I don't need to justify anything but I am going to do it because I WANT to do it. I didn't make this decision lightly. I actually wrote out a pro / con list and took the time to ponder each thing I scribbled down. The "pros" won and I made my decision. Last year I dropped out of the race because I had too many things going on in my life. Since then, I have pulled out of a lot unimportant activities that were sucking the life out of me. Now I am finding that I need to add something back in for me to do. The key word is "ME". I need an activity that doesn't involve my paycheck or shuffling kids to activities Selfish. I know (and I am totally OK with it).
I am making my grand statement now because as of tomorrow, I have 30 weeks until the race. Funny, I also found a 30 week training program that fits nicely with my current crazy schedule. Let the training begin!
I seem to sign up for this race every year and something always happens where I can't run it. I keep coming back for me. I am due to run this race or I am just a glutton for punishment. I have 2 fails (2006 and 2009) under my belt and I need to redeem myself. Both times I have run a "Grandmas" race prior to this race. Taking that element out of the equations should mean I am going finally get to the finish line this time. Third time is a charm, right?
Am I persistent or just plain old crazy? Either way....October 3rd, HERE I COME!