So, as many as our mutual followers know, my daughter Kristene is running in her first half-marathon this weekend. She’s been training for months, and we have been planning the same amount of time to be there to support her as she accomplishes this incredible milestone.
This weekend was going to be nuts. We needed to leave the house at 3AM on Saturday morning to be at Disney World at 4AM for the marathon (yes, I’m fully aware that you avid runners out there are laughing at the moment), and then we had to be up at 4AM on Sunday morning to participate in a fundraiser at the Daytona 500 for Kelsey’s (my other daughter and fellow Tumblr fitblr’s) Project Graduation.
We had been planning for the Project Graduation thing for at least a couple of months. It’s kind of a cool thing - you work your ASS off slinging burgers and beer at the Great American Race in order to raise a couple thousand bucks for a good cause. Kelsey has always been more of a NASCAR fan, so we were happy to take her to her first race, even if she wouldn’t be seeing much of it.
Plans were made; I had everything under control. Busy, crazy, but do-able. That was, until 4PM today.
I had a few extra minutes at work before I left to watch Kelsey play in a concert, so I was looking at the website that Kristene had sent me about the half-marathon. My intention was to download this app that lets you track a particular runner through the course. I had already looked up the spectator portion of the site (arrive by 4AM, park at the Magic Kingdom, sit around/sleep in the car for a couple of hours until the start of the race…), so I decided to just look around the rest of the site. I checked out the “Event Details” and there was a list there of when the runners have to pick up their credentials…
Friday at Wide World of Sports between 9AM and 3PM,
Saturday at Wide World of Sports between 9AM and 3PM…
Well, that’s odd — why would you pick up your credentials on the afternoon after the race was run…
And that’s when I looked further and realized that the half-marathon was actually on Sunday. The same day as my commitment to do a concession stand at the Daytona 500.
I called Kristene and prayed that she would tell me that I had fucked up and was looking at last year’s site. Of course, she didn’t - she confirmed that the half-marathon was on Sunday - not Saturday. I was devastated. I couldn’t be in two places at one time, but I couldn’t let anyone down either.
I went to Kelsey’s concert and sat there dumb-founded for a while - how could I have screwed up this big. The 25th had been in my head for months. I don’t know how it had gotten there. Kristene even knew that we were planning on doing the Daytona thing. In fact —- funny moment —- she said something to the effect that “marathons are always run on Sunday”, and I remember thinking “how was I supposed to know that?” And then thinking - “Kristene, the Daytona 500 is always on Sunday” and I’m sure she would have thought “how was I supposed to know that!”
So, I get home from work, after crying half the way home, and realize that I have to call Kristene. I don’t want to. The commitment to the fundraiser is for 3 people. If we back out, that’s 3 spots they have to fill at the last minute, and you know how fundraisers go - it would have pretty much failed.
Luckily, Kristene took it like a champ, like I should have known she would. My penance for missing her first half-marathon is that I commit to running one of my own - the “Wine and Dine” Half Marathon (also at Disney) in November. So, its all for the good. I’m terrified, but I also won’t let her down again.
Kristene - I love you and you WILL DO GREAT. While I won’t be there in body, you know I will be there in love and spirit. You won’t need me though - you are going to ROCK THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!