This week, Aron was pestered by my Gchats. What do I do? Lose my money? Sell the bib? As my running sensei, she’s my sounding board (thanks, Aron!). The pressure was on to decide whether I am going to run the Oakland half marathon next weekend.
I had every intention to run the half as I mistakenly got wrapped up in the Schwaggle $50 deal and purchased it without referring to my race schedule. Little did I realize that the weekend of the race was also the weekend of my final 20+ mile run before Boston. To me, this final 20 miler is crucial as after that, taper begins. Other people suggested that I add on mileage after the race, but my mind doesn’t work that way. Once I’m done with a race – I’m done for the day.
As I was checking in on Twitter yesterday, I saw that the Oakland Marathon had a deferment policy – and it ended that day. This is a big deal in the race world as a deferment policy is rare – if unheard of. I immediately jumped on the opportunity, Facebooked the race for clarification and submitted my paperwork to defer until 2012.
First and foremost, I want to say a big THANK YOU to the Oakland Marathon for having such a policy in place and engaging with the online community. This seemingly trivial conflict posed a bit of a struggle for me and your flexibility is much appreciated. I will see you in 2012.
There were a few important learnings here: easy on the online deal excitement (do we really need that Groupon – I’m such a sucker) and always refer to your training schedule. Easy enough.
But in the bigger picture – what would you have done? I’m not one to lose my money and something feels weird about having someone else run with my bib (let alone it’s illegal to transfer). Also, have you ever deferred a race? Did the race allow it? Do you think a quality long run in more important that race day practice?
Aaaaaaannnd, you know I hate blogs without photos, but this time, the most unnecessary video of Lola (and yes, I’m talking in my “baby” voice to her):
Happy running and happy St. Patrick’s Day!