Even though I have been a runner for over half my life, I had never ran in the Peachtree road race that is held right here in Atlanta every July. It is a Atlanta tradition and has literally been on my bucket list since I was a teenager. However, I've had the excuse for many years now that I was always at the beach with my family over the 4th, so I couldn't make the race.
Last year though, I actually signed up and told myself that 2011 was the year and I was going to do it. I signed up for the lottery, got picked, paid my fee, but when the time came, I bailed out and went to the beach with my family instead. I didn't tell anyone but David because I was disappointed in myself.
I've had several people tell me how they just go and do it with not even training, but I wanted to actually run it and train for it. I didn't want to go out there and walk the most of the way, just to say I had done it. I really wanted to go out and run it.
If you don't show up to run, they actually give you the choice to send your number back in for a guaranteed spot the next year. So, when I knew for sure I was going to chicken out, I sent my number back in and got this card in the mail.
Do you see that second line in the bold letters?
Yes, I lost my card.
You know the drill, I had put it up for safe keeping and then hid it so well, I couldn't find it.
For the past eight weeks, when someone would ask me if I had a race I wanted to run, I would say "if I get into the peachtree..."
I searched high and low all through January for this little card, but had no luck and eventually gave up looking for it.
I picked up a random book the other day and it wasn't even one I was planning on reading, low and behold, this little yellow card fell out onto the floor.
So, I no longer have an excuse.
I'm going to finally knock something off my bucket list.
However, a goal that I've never really given any thought to before kinda got thrown into my lap earlier in the year.
I kinda opened my mouth and out slipped "I'd like to do it with you."
So, I'm really working towards that now.
I'm training to run a 1/2 marathon in September with my sister Liz.
Sounds crazy saying it out loud.
A few people already know what I've been up to, but I guess like most other regular bloggers, it doesn't seem official until you say it on your blog.
Even though its kinda scary, I'm excited to be working towards this even bigger goal. I'm excited and looking forward to being able to say "I did it" in the end.