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…dealing with race disappointment


I’m not talking about a PR you were chasing and didn’t catch. I’m talking about the race that you registered for that you couldn’t compete in because life got in the way. Oh, that…

napatosonomaThis is only the second time it’s happened, but I was tearfully crushed over this one. Nick and I were supposed to be running the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half this past Sunday. A delightful little half marathon whose route meanders around the local vineyards, that offers a half-way wine “aid” station, and is complete with a wine tasting finish line. In a word, they are FUN. And this would have been my third of the California races in the series. Check out the entire series here.

Since the beginning of the year, our focus has been the house, and prepping it to sell. Fixing it up, making this, adding that. I’ve painted nearly every square inch of wall space in the house. I kid you not. This includes, but is not limited to: cabinet doors, closet doors, bedroom doors, bathroom doors, front and back doors, wall trim, door surrounds, and of course walls. My hand seems to be in a permanent cramped holding-a-paintbrush position.

All of that to say, that when we registered for this race at the beginning of the year, we had no idea that we would STILL be a living DIY show 5 months later. And while we may be in the final throes of piecing it all together, leaving for a weekend in Napa (of all expensive places) would have been a most irresponsible decision.

Trust me, I wanted to be irresponsible. But maybe now at the ripe age of 32, I know better. Sometimes.

I suppose the bright side is that we’ve accomplished SO much on the house in the past two weeks/ends and it will be listed tomorrow! We are beyond excited to leave this little house project behind and move on to some FUN adventures in the next 12 months. So, we take one step at a time to get there.

Praying it sells fast!


8 thoughts on “…dealing with race disappointment

  1. Sorry to hear you couldn’t run this one- it sounds fab! But, sometimes doing the sensible thing is the right thing- good for you, making the tough choice.

  2. I had to miss out on a race one time because I got asked to work! It sucks, but next race will hopefully make up for it!

  3. 32?? Ripe? Such a kidder. We all know that love child incident with Loose Moose took years off your life.

    These reno things happen. And happen, and happen and happen. I’m just glad my wife didn’t kill me during our process. I came perilously close one day when I tried to prevent her from sweeping up all the saw dust, knowing there would be more tomorrow.

    The break from racing will be good, and you’ll come back to it rested and faster than ever. I still think you should come run a marathon in Calgary next year.

  4. Missed what would have been my first Marathon this past weekend due to life! I know exactly how you feel. I was on track training wise but kept getting sick over the winter. When I did get healthy, I was spun into a hiring process for a very important job change. So, the marathon training had to stop! Next year!!! We all have next year 🙂

  5. Bummer! That sounded like such a cool race! But- there is always next year! And it’s going to feel so amazing when you are totally done with all of the work on the house.

  6. Sorry you missed out this time. It would have been a blast but you did the right thing. So much better to get the renovations behind you. I dream of the day we finally finish everything that needs to be done to our places, but I’m afraid that day is still years away. Ah, well… I try hard to enjoy the process and ignore the dust – particularly since Husband is so good about sending me out to train while he slogs through the work..

  7. I know exactly how this feels. It’s hard not to get down on yourself about it, but – especially in your case – you know you made the right decision and put some other things first that needed to be a priority. Next time, watch out!

    And the Napa half is something on my to-do list. I can only imagine how amazing it is!

  8. Hope your house sells quickly! I had to drop out of a race once b/c I got a rotation in Australia… I was pretty disappointed, but in the end, it always works out for the better 😉 Have missed a few races because of injuries and that is always more frustrating for me, I think!

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