October 15, 2013

My Journey to 26.2: A Cancellation? (015)

Earlier today, I celebrated my amazing friends that I have dubbed, 'my pit crew.'  I was feeling much more calm and confident today.  Oh the irony...

As I was going about my business at work this afternoon, I took a quick Facebook break and saw the news from an Arlington, VA news source - a possible race cancellation.  I read the article no less than 3 times and immediately checked out the official Marine Corps Marathon Facebook page and Twitter feed.  Nothing official.
The main theme of the article
I immediately got on Twitter to gauge a read on the crowd - pandemonium is probably the most accurate description.  I was in full on freak out mode at this point.  A little while later, a formal status was issued from the race organizers.
From the MCM Facebook page
Kudos to them for identifying a date when we will know one way or the other if we will be running.  So unless the government reopens this week, we'll know something definitive on Saturday.

I would be lying if I said I was calm as all of this news was blazing around the ether.  I was shocked, sad, frustrated and just plain old pissed!  I've trained hard for this event (500+ miles since I registered to be exact).  And never in my training plan, did it occur to me that the race might not take place.  With this news weighing heavily, I did what any runner would do - tossed on some shorts, shirt and shoes and headed to the treadmill.  And while I was pounding out some stress, I had a few revelations.

The first is probably the most important.  The real issue here isn't a marathon, it's the simple fact that our elected officials have neglected to do the fundamentals - pass a budget and keep the government running.  There are people out of work, without benefits, without medical support, etc.  It's beyond unacceptable.  Governments (state and local) and companies cannot plan or budget without knowing the future of large-scale federal funding.  The potential cancellation of this race is an unpleasant side effect, like that of a prescription drug.  It's inconvenient, but my life will go on.

The second is that I'll find another race.  It may not be running the streets of Washington DC on October 27th, but I'll figure something out.  I've already identified two (semi-feasible) races on the east coast - the Atlanta Marathon and the Cape Cod Marathon.  They're both pretty good options with a few caveats.  Registration for the Atlanta race closes tonight (!!), so there's that....  Cape Cod would provide me with the opportunity to run with Danielle since that's her likely plan B.  Both require some major travel planning, including flights and whatnot.  It's a lot to consider as I'm 12 days out from race day.  Plus there are other major races on the horizon, although those would require some major shifting of my current taper plans.

In the end, I will run 26.2.  I'm not sure where, I'm not sure with whom and I'm not sure when.  But I will run my marathon.  No government can take that away.  And for the sake of our fantastic country, let's get this government open and put people back to work!

{Christine}

23 comments:

  1. That really sucks! I am sorry! We had a local marathon reschedule/cancel due to the same reasons. I hope everything works out, and whichever way it goes, that you get in that run! Good luck!

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  2. Yikes Christine-that sucks! I hope you get to run the marathon and I certainly hope our elected officials start doing their jobs soon.

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  3. Amen to all of this!! Living and working in DC has been interesting. I was scheduled to do the 10K but you're right, we can find other races but fundamentally it's what our government is not doing that is the bigger issue. Crossing everything this all works out!

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  4. NOOOO! Cancelling a marathon due to a hurricane is one thing. Wasting all of the time, money and effort everyone puts into it for politics is inexcusable! I hope they get their act together so you can do this.

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  5. Ugh! That stinks! As a former federal employee I think this entire gov't shutdown/furlough is absurd. But on a lighter note, here's a fantastic sign folks had here this past weekend for the Baltimore Running Festival "You're running better than the government!" Gave me a smile :o) Best wishes!!!

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  6. This has got to be so frustrating. My best friend is a federal employee and she's been working without pay this whole time (because her job is considered essential to public safety). She's beyond frustrated. The whole thing is downright embarrassing. I hope they sort it out this week so that people can go on with their lives and you can run your race! And Congress wonders why their approval ratings are so low. Sheesh.

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  7. So sorry, Christine! I really hope this all works out. What a crazy mess!!

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  8. I hope they'll figure something out for MCM!! But if not, I'd recommend Spinx RunFest in Greenville, SC. It's a smaller race but I've run the associated half twice and it's the best managed race I've ever run. It's put on by the Greenville Track Club and on the facebook group the race director has said they'll make sure to accept entries from anyone from MCM if a cancellation is announced. The course is mostly flat with a few hilly neighborhood areas but race logistics are really easy in Greenville.

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  9. Christine, I'm so sorry! I hope everything worksout for everyone and you are able to conquor 26.2 sometime soon! Fingers crossed!

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  10. What about the he runners that fly in have reservations and all? OMG that would happen to me! Well last nigy I do are that there was a countdown leaving tonight as a some sort of end to the government decision. Fingers crossed that it will still be out on! All of your hard work will be rewarded somehow I'm sure!

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  11. This sucks royally. I actually don't have a plan B right now, I should probably think about that. I honestly didn't think it would be cancelled. I mean, Sandy was an act of God and people were dead and there wasn't really anyone could do about that and Bloomberg's a moron which no one could do anything about either but seriously... Government shutdown? I can't train AND account for government incompetence at the same time. It's too much.

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  12. Oh no! I had read that there would be issues with the start of the NYC marathon (and that they would relocate the beginning of the race) but I hadn't even thought of this entire race being cancelled. This is so ridiculous, it's ridonkulous! And it sucks. But it's great that you've looked into other options. You WILL run your first marathon! You've got this! :)

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  13. Oh my gosh I really hope they don't cancel the event! Praying that the government gets their stuff handled ASAP (for many reasons, including this one)!

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  14. I really hope this won't happen. After NYC I was so bummed. But I ran Dallas and it was good. Even after a 2 week vacation for my 10th wedding anniversary in between! How about Philly?

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  15. I saw this news yesterday. The government needs to get their act together! I hope it works out and the race goes on!

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  16. Kudos to you for trying to remain as positive as you can, despite the horrible situation and possible cancellation of the race. Finding back up plans is always a good thing, but hopefully the government will finally get their act together so that you and all the other registered runners can still enjoy this race!

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  17. I completely agree with you! Cancelling a race because Congress can't stop squabbling and get their act together is just sad and inexcusable. Not to mention all the other great programs/services that are cancelled as well. Thanks for staying positive and I hope you can get those 26.2 miles in soon!

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  18. Christine,
    That literally gave me goose bumps reading this! We all know how hard you trained for this event and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the race does not get cancelled. You have such a mature attitude about the whole situation and true as it may be, a race may not be as big of a deal as health care or other government issues, but still, IT IS A BIG DEAL to the folks in the racing community and it just plain stinks that the government can't agree and play out this game. It really just goes to show that this shutdown does effect everyone in one way or another. okay, I will stop my rant now. I am just so darn mad for you! but if by chance this does not get resolved, we would love to have you run the Wicked with us next Saturday!

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  19. Thank you all for your kind words. I'm feeling pretty drained today, so I'm sorry that I won't respond to each and every one. Please know your support means THE WORLD to me! I'm hopeful we will see something definitive in the morning given the recent resolution in the Senate this evening.
    xo, Christine

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  20. I really just wanted to say thank you to you for acknowledging in your blog post that it is bigger than a marathon being cancelled. a lot of the posts about the marathon yesterday were bothering me because it IS bigger than just the marathon. This city lives on the government. The business owners were suffering with the tourism down and the workers home and not spending money. I would have been sad to see such an iconic race cancelled and I am glad it won't be. And I do understand the frustration, because I had to drop out of the MCM. Anyway, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for acknowledging all of this. I look forward to (hopefully) meeting you while you're in town.

    :-)

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  21. Glad to see that congress got their buts in gear last night. I just also wanted to point out that there is always the Richmond Marathon that's the 3rd weekend in November. It is dubbed "American's Friendliest Marathon". But I'm glad the government is back and the Marine Corp Marathon is back on schedule.

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  22. I hope now that they opened up last night all goes accordingly for you now!!

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