Monday, August 26, 2013
A little background before I start. I am motivated by training for races. It's what keeps me going. Unfortunately, I'm not made of money. (You either?) Also, I have a young child and a husband who works 6 days per week. I'm lucky enough that there is an assortment of family members close by for childcare, but you dont want to get the reputation of someone who likes racing more than their own kid.
So this spring when I was looking over the calendar and making my decisions, I set a limiting factor: only one race per month. There were a few that were definitely on my radar and I've been luck enough to do them: Orange County Classic 10K(June), Hudson River Swim (July), West Point Triathlon(August). There was another I lucked into: New Paltz Duathlon (April). (I skipped May). All this summer has been a long distance goal, September's Dutchess County Half Marathon in Poughkeepsie NY. Apparently quite hilly, but timing and location are perfect.
Unless you are me. I have come to acceptance that this is not the year.
I might be chickening out - but I'm going to substitute another September Event. Doglady *raved* about the Irongirls Triathlon in Sandy Hook NJ. I bailed last year pleading teaching, but this year, I dont start until the Monday after. I have family that live an hour from the race site (at least according to Google Maps) which is do-able as far as getting up in the morning and being on-time. After the race, I can come home and relax the rest of the day.
I am thinking that I will still go and WATCH the race. Pick myself a spot at about the 10 mile mark and make a big sign that says "You are beating all the people still on their couches" It will give me a chance to get more familiar with the course and hopefully next year I wont be such a slipshod athlete.
There is a second distant possibility. I have family in Chicago including a cousin who has done a few half marathons. If I can work the schedule and timing, I could go for the flatter courses of Chi-Town. Of course she is much faster than I am, but its about finishing, right?
Pluses of this decision: Pressure is off! New bling! Meet DogLady and her posse!
Minuses: I feel like I have fallen short of myself. I think I could DO the race, but I'm not going to be ready for it. And as often as I say "well, do it anyway!" I just dont think it would be fun. I think I need another year of athleticism under my belt.
I have made my peace with my decision. DH said "yeah, whatever." I'm off to dig out the cell phone and credit card to arrange someone to stay with and money to pay with. (see that? I made a little rhyme.)
FYI - For October's event, I am going to volunteer at the local Marathon. Never volunteered before but having benefited from their presence at a number of races, I think its time that I start to give back.