In Permanent Marker

I just put my new training plan for the Fargo Marathon on a special calendar I bought specifically to keep track of runs and races. I wrote it out in permanent marker.

So naturally this would happen.

Yesterday I received a Facebook message from a sorority sister I hadn’t talked to in ages–she transferred to Oregon my junior year. She wrote to say she’d seen my blog, that awesome Pre shirt I got for Christmas, and that she thought she’d let me know she lives, like, minutes from Hayward Field. And that if I ever wanted to run Eugene, I could crash there.


I can’t read a calendar very well, so I quickly dismissed the idea because I thought it was the same weekend as my (tentative) first triathlon. And then I realized the two were on different weekends. And that a plane ticket from Sioux Falls was actually pretty reasonably priced. (Our airport is notorious for being a big pile of expensive suck that forces you to drive the 2 1/2 hours south to Omaha to fly out from there.) And then Lucy (Oregon friend) told me she’d registered for the half. And generously offered to pick me up/take me to the airport whenever.

Are you seeing what I’m seeing here? No-brainer, right?

So here’s the kicker: I’m running Fargo May 22. Eugene is May 2.

Sorry, calendar.

Training starts tomorrow. Here we go.

1 Response to “In Permanent Marker”

  1. 1 Phill November 12, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I enjoyed the concnreefe call discussion. I would like to add something that others may find helpful, who tend to eat out frequently due to busy schedules, like me. I have a smartphone and dowloaded the app called Calorie Counter. When we go out to a chain restaurant, I generally can look up most items that I’m thinking about ordering to get nutritional info, such as calories, fat, carbs, sugar, protein and fiber based on a serving size. Although the app doesn’t list ingredients in the food, it’s still a good guide to help with meal selection. For example, a cheese quesadilla appetizer from a local restaurant may have 1300 calories and that’s just an appetizer! My husband use to occasionally order that as his main dinner selection, but he doesn’t order it anymore since I told him how many calories it has. Unfortunately my husband isn’t as health conscious as I am, but it’s a wonderful surprise to know that he will now ask me to look up the nutritional info on an item if it isn’t published on the menu before he decides what to order. More & more restaurants are including some nutritional info on their menus, which is also great. I’m sure there’s other phone apps that provide similar information and for those who don’t have a smart phone, you can usually find nutritional info on the restaurant’s website. Let me know if anyone has other recommendations for nutritional apps/websites.

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