I screwed up – royally.
Before I explain, I want to apologize to my nephew, Andy, and his wife, Jaclyn, for missing out on their wedding this past Saturday. Wished we could have been there. Looked like you had a beautiful wedding and I am so happy for the two of you! Congratulations.
So, now, let me tell you how I screwed up.
For the past five years, I have booked and planned all of our races… with my hubby’s help, of course. But truly, I am the keeper of dates, tracker of times, places, hotels, etc. I keep a list on the computer and a paper copy list. I have them all listed on my computer and phone calendars and I have them on two separate paper calendars – one at home and one in my purse. I may not be organized with anything else in my life, but I certainly have our races organized.
And, I have never screwed up a date, time or place for a race…
Until last weekend.
Yep, I screwed it up – completely, utterly, royally, big time!
So, last weekend – Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20 – Al and I were supposed to be in Sioux Falls for a training I had. Key word, supposed to be. But, we weren’t. We ended up in the Twin Cities. Why? Because apparently, a race I had on every calendar and list as scheduled for Saturday, September 26 was ACTUALLY on Saturday, September 19. Yep. That’s right. I had two things planned for the exact same weekend. Well, technically, there were three things planned for the exact same weekend.
- Training in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
- The Stillwater 10-mile Log Run.
- My nephew’s wedding in the St. Cloud area.
So, when did I – or shall I say, Al – figure out I screwed up? On Thursday, a day before we were supposed to leave. Let’s just say that Thursday evening, there was a bit of a scramble going on. Numerous phone calls were made and hotels were canceled, rebooked, as well as my training was rebooked. (Now, that is scheduled for November. A weekend when there is NO races on any schedule.)
After everything was said and done, we were only out about $25 bucks. Not bad. And, we were going to get to do everything! Race, wedding reception AND my training was still going to happen – just at a later date.
I was kind of excited because none of my family knew we were going to make it to the wedding – well, the wedding reception, that is. We were going to surprise them. I was super stoked about that and looking forward to cutting a rug with my sister, brothers, nephews, nieces and any other family members out on the dance floor. My family knows how to have a good time at weddings!
Saturday morning, Al and I ran the race. It was awesome! We were bussed out of Stillwater and then ran back into town, 10 miles. Al did super well – he got 3rd in his age group out of 19 runners and was 65th overall out of nearly 350 runners. I did okay. I was happy with my time and how I ran. It wasn’t my best race ever, but it was my best 10-mile time. Al finished in 1:24:46 and I finished in 1:48:49. Considering I haven’t ran more than 6.2 miles since probably May and I hadn’t ran since the Saturday before the race, I was seriously happy with my time. And the best part, I felt good the whole time! It was a gorgeous race!
I should mention that I have wanted to do this race for the past three years but it hasn’t worked in our schedule. I was so excited this year that we were able to fit it in our schedule and even more excited because it was on my birthday weekend or so I thought! Remember, I thought the race was on September 26 and my birthday is September 30.
Here are some pics from the race:
So, after the race, I started not feeling very well. I am guessing it was because I was sleep deprived and maybe because I drank my post-race beer! Well, actually, it probably wasn’t the beer. I am guessing it is because of the stress of trying to get the weekend all straightened out. Seriously, it was SO STRESSFUL. I am not saying I don’t ever screw up because let me tell you, I screw up. But not when it comes to races. I was so mad that I screwed up the dates and as selfish as it sounds, I was not going to miss out on this race. It had been on my radar for three years. I wanted to do this race and I was going to do it. Yes, maybe that is selfish. But it was supposed to be a win-win-win for everyone. And it would have been. Except……………
A damned-able MIGRAINE headache! I think I was being punished. Maybe. Oh, who knows. But it struck and I was pissed. I laid down after we got back, took some migraine pills and hoped for the best. Around 8 p.m., when I knew the wedding reception was out of the question, I sent a text to my niece, it was her brother getting married, and let her know what the scoop was. I said we were in the cites and that we had plans to surprise everyone and go to the reception but that I was going back to bed instead. I was so sad. Which didn’t help the headache any.
So, we ended up still missing out on the wedding. And so again, I apologize to Andy and Jaclyn. But here’s a picture I stole from Facebook of them dancing at the reception. Beautiful. Just Beautiful.
Congratulations again. I hope your mini-moon in Duluth was fun!
In other news:
It is my son’s GOLDEN birthday today. He turns 22 on September 22. Happiest of birthdays to you, my dear Brandon! Love you SO MUCH!
We had supper with Brandon last night at a restaurant he works at in Breckenridge (he’s going to college in Wahpeton, ND). The restaurant, The Wilkin Drink & Eatery, was pretty good!
And, if you have ever wanted to do one of those painting classes, here’s a chance to sweat, sip and paint! Check it out and sign up!