Since last I wrote just a few, short days ago about bucket lists and wants vs. needs… something stupid happened. See, I was reading this post on a Facebook Ultra running group. Somebody asking about where to find races or something. I read a few of the responses and then aimlessly clicked on one of the links to see what was out there. I landed in the root of all evil. A very easy to navigate and well designed site. It knew where I lived. It just wanted to know what distance I wanted to run and when. Like a dumbass… I typed in the following:
There were only 4 races within 300 miles on their schedule. One in Arkansas… meh. One in Kansas… NOPE. One in Iowa… NOPETY NOPE. And one… in… St Louis.
I clicked the link. God, that was stupid. Why? Why did I click the link?
I started reading, I got tunnel vision… it’s a good race… it fills up quick… there’s a lottery…
Then I blacked out…
When I woke up I had a message in my inbox thanking me for registering for the lottery draw for the Double Chubb 50K, April 18. I would be notified in mid January if I got in and then (and only then) would my credit card be charged.
After looking first for the “unsend” button… or a panic button… or an eject button… It settled on me what I had just done.
Now I gotta train. Hard. All winter (which, by the way, has come roaring in, middle fingers flying).
Double (Chubb) Crap.
I gotta find a training plan, run an early season marathon (either Little Rock or Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. I’m waiting for someone to convince me which one to run).
Oh… and did I mention that the last time I ran a marathon it TORE ME UP? I was out for a year. And now I’m going to run a marathon as a WARM UP for a LONGER race.
I am a semi responsible, 48 year old (OK… if I toe the line in April I will be) father… and husband… with a full time job… and an obvious running addiction.
Maybe I won’t get a spot…?