Last night I feared that it was not going to work out for me to do the relay……
I was slotted as runner 1 and needed to make it up to BWI airport by 9:45 am. If I had no kids this would not present any problems…..however when you are a mom things can get tricky. You have to find sitters, get meals ready, lay out clothes, and come up with a plan for while you are away. All the while making sure that your husband is not going to kill you for leaving him alone for 2 days with the kids after a long work week. I honestly don’t know how single parents do it?!?! No baby watching breaks makes Dorothy a very cranky girl.
Alas this morning I had to send in my apologies and regrets that I just could not get up to BWI by 9:45 during rush hour traffic to then sit in the van and ride 4 hours to the start and be runner 1 and run over 9 hard miles on my first leg. So we went on an easy 6 mile run this morning with “miss becca.” I lamented to her about backing out since I don’t back out of races no matter what. I resigned myself to thinking that these are the types of things that you have to do when you have two little children. No longer are you or your running the priority in the situation.
In steps Mark Johnson the local Saucony Rep……..Mark got Todd(whom I have never met – but soon will) to switch to the Baltimore/BWI van. This means not only am I only running 14.4 miles total instead of 18.2, but I now can meet the van in DC – wayyy closer and easier. I also don’t have to leave at the crack of dawn(trying to find a sitter for 6:30/7am is not easy) to get there since the DC van will be meeting at the 7th leg spot rather than the start in Cumberland, MD. Seriously God has a way of making things work out when they are supposed to. I am so thankful that Todd and Mark were soo accommodating to me and let me switch!!!
So it’s official – I’m packing my bag, googling advice on running relays and sitting on my bumm for the rest of the night!!