The problem with planning your race schedule too far in advance is that life often gets in the way. When I originally signed up to be on my company’s Vermont City Marathon Relay team back in January, I didn’t know that my friends who were planning to get married Memorial Day weekend would have a lunch wedding rather than an evening wedding.
After finding out that the service was going to be at 11 am rather than, say, 4pm, I arranged with my team to run the second leg. This would have allowed ample time to run a fast-for-me 6 miles, grab a quick shower, and drive to Randolph (about 1.5 hours away) by 11 am.
Fast forward to last week, when my friend very sweetly and graciously asked for my help getting dressed the morning of. We’ve been friends since my freshman year of high school, and she is one of the best people I know, so I consider it an honor and a privilege to help out. But this means I need to be in Randolph by 10 am rather than 11 am, which means there’s no possible way to run my relay leg and still make it there on time.
Obviously, this is a disappointment. I was really looking forward to conquering the marathon course after last year’s DNF suckfest. And I’m leaving my team hanging, which is not a nice feeling. But my friends are getting married. The marathon relay will always be there, but my friends getting married is a once in a lifetime kind of thing that I wouldn’t miss for the world.
Have you ever had to bail on a race due to a life event?