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Pout, pout pout... Whine, whine, whine!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

That's what I looked and sounded like last night. I was acting like a spoiled kid who didn't get her way. I was disappointed. And upset. So I got crabby.

Why?
Well, I had to make a tough choice. I had to let something go that I wanted. Really bad. I am planning on running a half marathon in March. The one I chose and began to train for is the same one I've run for two years now. It is a medium-sized event on a somewhat challenging course but I really like it.
Last night I got a phone call. My black belt test has officially been scheduled. March 23. The same day as the race. NOT what I wanted to hear. I really want to run this race. I had planned to run with my husband, and my daughter and friend have begun training for the 5k.
My choices?
1. Run the half marathon. Wait to take my test.
2. Take the test. Find another race on a different day.

It was very hard for me to do, but I went with choice 2. I feel as if I may have let down my husband and daughter. I will miss not running this race this year. But this time I am putting myself first. I set the goal of attaining my black belt a long time ago, and I feel that I will be prepared by the scheduled date. I am nervous and a bit scared, as this is one of the biggest challenges I have ever taken on and I am so close to the finish.
I know my husband supports me in this decision. We will keep on our training schedule although we may not even find another race to run together this spring.

So here I am, kicking the dirt and mumbling about how I should be able to do both. About how it isn't fair. But my husband reminded me how fortunate I am to have this dilemma. A 37 year old mom of 3 who works full time having to make a choice between two extremely challenging physical events. A woman with the tremendous support of my friends and family who didn't even dream this all was possible just three years ago.

There will be other races. I will continue my martial arts training. I will learn that patience and balance are both good things when it comes to my goals.
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GODIVADSG 1/18/2013 6:56AM

    Did you know about the other half marathon in our city March 3? It is called the Alamo City Fest. Then there is another half I have always wanted to run but have not and I think that is also in March. Mo's better half in New Braunfels. There are thousands of running events.... every weekend in our neck of the woods! But, not so many opportunities for your blackbelt! WOW!! emoticon Good luck with your testing.... I hope you find another race that works for you all. emoticon

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NANNABLACK 1/16/2013 7:38AM

    Good luck on the test.

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KATIBUG49 1/15/2013 9:10PM

    Good luck with your testing & you will be able to do both soon.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 1/15/2013 1:58PM

    Not to mention how fortunate you are to have such a sweet, supportive, and wise husband! I'm sorry about the race, but wish you the best of success on your test. Go get that black belt, Jennifer! emoticon

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NEWRUNNER2 1/15/2013 1:51PM

    I enjoyed reading your post very much! Good luck in your black belt test.

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