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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Race Dilemma

My 2009 race plan was to end the year with a half marathon. I have run a few long races this year: Coach Bubba's 20K, Tar Heel 10 Miler, and Anna's Angels 10 Miler. But it doesn't seem complete until I get that half in.

Originally I was set to go with the Mistletoe Half in Winston-Salem. A couple of friends of mine have run it and it fits the criteria of being a smaller race. I'm not a "big race crowd" runner. I like supporting the local ones. One of the best organized ones, IMO, was Run the Quay 5K in little ole Fuquay-Varina!.

I picked that race as a weekend getaway for the family and I...a quick trip with a nice run for me to do.

It wasn't until two weeks ago, as I looked at the family calendar in the kitchen, that it dawned on me the dilemma: CJ has a school dance that Friday before the race.

This may not seem to be a big deal for most folks but it was for me.

I wasn't going to make CJ miss her second school dance. That just wasn't going to happen.

And I didn't want to waste money on a hotel room for just me. As much as solitude appeared to be a wondrous thing, I really wanted to share the half experience with my family. Selfish, as they have to sit and wait for me for almost 2 hours.

Sidenote: Mi-Mi has been whining about my races lately as she says "Not again! You take so long to finish!!!"

So another choice was to drive the morning of the race, by myself most likely, and run it then. Ack! Too much stress: get up early, fuel well, figure out where to be, blah blah blah.

And lastly, skip the half all together. "Waste" all the miles I've been doing leading up to my half marathon race.

Since I ruminate such things, I was really in a stressful pickle.

Then, I looked back through my "2009 races to consider" spreadsheet and found a half marathon in Randleman, NC: Run to Victory. It was a week later *and* a start time of 10AM. So if I wanted to drive solo (1 1/2 hours away) to the race, it would be less stressful...more do-able.

So, dilemma solved! No more stress, other than running 13.1 miles. Tim has already said that he wants the family to go, so *I* am now happy...and that's what's important.


  1. I hear Victory Junction is a really nice race! Cool beans! :)

  2. Wow, can't believe you didn't even mention that you were dis'in your best running buddy who already signed up for the mistletoe. ;-) just kidding, I much prefer you have a stressless good race a week after, of course that means less stress on me too, don't have to worry that you're just running it for me. Runners are weird...

  3. I'm glad you found a half you can do. I understand the feeling of having it feel like a "waste". It's not, not really, you still have all the health benefits and the knowledge that you *could* do it, BUT STILL. You want that official race time!