The Dumbest Thing I Did Yesterday


( Dramatization of me running in the marathon, except maybe I'll be wearing clothes...I said MAYBE!

Apparently, I'm going to be running in the Chicago Marathon this year.  I signed up over lunch, my fate has been sealed.  Running the marathon has been on my list of lifetime to-dos for years now and I've decided to just make it happen in 2010.  I attempted to do it two years ago, but completely wimped out when I realized how much more fun it was to hang with my friends than it was to run.

Reasons why this is an awesome idea:

  • The marathon this year is on 10/10/10, which just sounds lucky.
  • I can opt out of lame events and blame it on the fact that I have to run all the time.
  • There are a lot of really hot guys that run...the fact that I am usually chasing them is irrelevant!
  • It'll be like last summer when I traveled through all the Chicago neighborhoods to visit 50 Festivals...except I won't be boozing, eating or generally enjoying myself.
  • I love the phrase "I've done it", so much more than "I want to do it."

I made the rookie error of my mentioning my marathon aspirations on Twitter a few weeks ago.  Everyone was really encouraging, but @CisforConnie, one of the RedEye Royalty, really had something to say.  If I had actually inspired someone to sieze the day and run their very first marathon, I better get working on my first, too. 

Actual responses from friends, family and co-workers:

  • You're not going to have a social life.
  • LOL, please, LOL.
  • Well, at least you walk a lot already.

I'm so lucky to be surrounded by such supportive people.......

P.S. One of my links will make your day today...I'm not telling you which...hint: Newsies!

P.P.S. Was the teacher from Glee the lead in Newsies?!?!?!?  I have a much bigger crush on him now.


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  • Congrats on the marathon decision. Really. More power to you. However, I have one bit of advice: Don't use the marathon as a crutch to get out of sticky situations or as you called them "lame events." I have known too many people who, like you mentioned, use the marathon as a cop out. "Oh, sorry, I can't make it to your party. I have to train for the marathon." Nothing bugs me more than this excuse for not showing up. Yes, I realize that you've been training and that it takes dedication and self control. But the race is 3 months away and having a drink or two on a Friday night isn't going to derail your efforts. I'm projecting a bit, but I still believe it to be good advice. Again, congratulations on the decision and I wish you the best of luck!

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