Sunday, August 17, 2014
Almost Forgot To Register!
"Jim - Are you signed up for Idaho? I got an email last night with the
list of individuals registered and I did not see you on the list. Maybe
you signed up under a fake name."
All of sudden my heart dropped ... did I forget to sign up for the Pocatello Marathon??? Oh no! What if I booked my flight, reserved my room, trained all summer ... and I couldn't get a spot in the race??? What if I made the trip all the way to Idaho and the race officials wouldn't allow me run??? I mean, Idaho is like seven six States from my house ... I'm sure the folks there are terrific, but I have no other compelling reason to go there ... and I don't even really like potatoes that much!
I immediately picked up the phone and called my trustworthy wife, Michael, and asked her to register me for the race ... which she did, no problem! Whew, that was a close one!
After I got my confirmation email from Pocatello, I sent Bobby a quick message and thanked him for the "great catch". I actually met Bobby a few years ago at the Myrtle Beach Marathon. Around Mile 10 of the race, a guy ran up beside me and said "Are you Jim from 50after40?" We ran most of the remaining race together chatting about pretty much everything, and became friends after that. Since then, we've met for a couple of other races, and even play in an ESPN Fantasy Baseball league together every year. (Yes, we're both baseball nerds) At the time it was one of the first blogger sightings I'd ever had, and it was great to meet someone who actually read my blog on a regular basis. Pocatello will be the 4th or 5th race we ran together, and I look forward to hanging out with him again.
Anyway - just curious is anyone else has ever forgotten to sign up for a race and been locked out? There are so many marathons that I could have undoubtedly found another one fairly quickly. But not getting to run in the event I had trained specifically for all summer would have been a bummer. Have a great week!
... be great today!