As I wrote earlier this week, our schedule has gotten pretty full with sports, activities, and birthday parties. I suppose that was bound to happen in a household of five athletes. Unfortunately that means occasionally we get double booked, and on even more rare occasions we get triple booked. Like on October 19th ” the day of the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Half Marathon that I registered for, and have trained for.
That morning Sierra and Brooke have a hockey practise from 9am ” 10 am, and Amber has parent-n-tot gymnastics at 10:15 am. In other words, two parents are needed to help with the juggling (for lack of a better term) and chauffeuring. My half marathon is at 9 am in a city about 45 min away. I would have to leave the house at 8 am, and won’t be home until at least noon. Someone has to miss out on their event.
Why did I register for a half marathon when the girls have hockey/gymnastics?
Good question! Last year the girls hockey practises were at 7am ” which meant I could drop Amber off to hubby at the arena on my way to the half marathon. That would prevent him from having to bring a 2-year-old to the arena at 6:30 am. My parents could then come over at 9:45 am so that hubby could take Amber to her gymnastics. I had it all worked out in my head. Unfortunately the hockey practise schedule wasn’t sent to us until this past Sunday, and I registered for the race way back in May after having such a good time at their last half marathon.
Now I could whine and bellyache about having to miss my race, or I can just get creative and create my own race:
The First Annual Fitness Cheerleader Fall Classic Half Marathon
Race date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Start time: 6am
Race kit pick up: NONE!
Route: three 7km loops past my house
Water stops: 7km, 14 km & finish line
Washroom: Indoors with showers!
Entry fee: FREE
Post-race food: Bacon & coffee
Prizes: Hugs and high fives to first place overall!
I ‘m looking forward to being the first overall finisher in this race because I really want the hugs. I’ve trained hard the past couple of weeks and I know that I ‘ll be able to set a new course record. If things go well, perhaps the race organisers will even consider hosting a Winter Classic, Spring Classic and a Summer Classic too? With only one participant I ‘m sure that the race organisation isn’t all that difficult (unlike the triathlon I’ve recently had the fortune of helping with the organising of ” which is a whole other post to write, stay tuned!).
Ok ” so life doesn’t always go as planned, but there’s always a way around it. No excuses!
Have you ever had a did not start (DNS) for a race?