Friday, April 24, 2009

I'm In!

My lack of planning almost ruined my world this time. As you know, I missed the deadline for online registration for the OKC Memorial Marathon so I was going to register at the Expo this weekend. I got an email last night, however, that said registration was extremely limited and was expected to sell out quickly. So quickly, in fact, that they were going to hand out vouchers for the last few spots in the race. They told us to line up outside the expo at 9 AM today and get a voucher that we would need in order to register. If you don't get a voucher, your out!

So I packed up the Little One early this morning and headed downtown. I had heard through the grapevine and there were only about 200 slots left for the marathon. When I got to the expo center I saw a looonnnngggg line of people in front of me. Immediate depression set in. I began to think about what I would do if I had to miss this year's race. It was not a pretty thought process.

Luckily I had nothing to fear. I made it to the front and received a voucher. The stack was not very big when I got mine but I made it and that's all that matters. Whew!

Looking at it from another aspect, it's really cool that the marathon is going to sell-out this year. This will be the first year for that. Awesome! I have learned my lesson, I will register early next year.

Went to see Amy Palmiero-Winters last night. She was GREAT! I totally expected a canned, well-rehearsed speech but what I got was a real person who just got up and talked. She talked about her accident and how she dealt with the loss of her leg like we were sitting around the dinner table with friends. She has so much drive and motivation it's infectious. She's running the marathon with us on Sunday and will be at the legends run tomorrow morning. I will get a picture of her and post it.

Speaking of the legends run, I get to run with Bill Rogers tomorrow! I can't wait. I totally love this guy, it's a true man-crush. I love that he's absent minded and he runs like a chicken. I love hero's that are strong-willed and work hard to get their success but I really love someone who is also real and I can relate to. I'll get a picture of him too.

Thanks for listening


cath said...

wow..lining up for an entry...u really do need the race dont you...I guess it's a bit like me gettting up at 5am to enter a marathon so I don't miss out...Im still following...

Sarah said...

That's frightening. I'm glad you made it in time. Man, I would have been pissed if I missed one of those vouchers. Glad you caught wind of the shortage and made it down there.

Are you gettin excited about the race now?! YOU'RE GONNA DO GREAT!!!

Andrea said...

Willie saved my butt!!!

He went down to the expo and picked up a voucher for me so I can drive from Albuquerque!

Amazing. :-)

Southbay Girl said...

Hadn't you planned on running this race for months??? Why didn't you register online?? I need to give you some of my virgo organization!!

I'm glad you got your voucher!! You would have been a bear! You could have packed the car and the kids and driven to Nashville and run that one!!

Anonymous said...

Wheww!! I was a little worried for you about getting registered. I would have been in total freakout mode. Good luck on Sunday and then next Sunday.

Middle-of-the-Pack Girl said...

Did you know when he first started racing, he was doing it in dockers?That's completely insane.

Let's not forget he just ran the Boston Marathon just last week too, in a little over 4 hours. Did you see him today?

Oh, and he just got through a bout with cancer too, last year?