Imagine a conversation something like this:
Me: "I have another one of those NYRR races this weekend. It will be the 3rd of the 9."
Me: "This one is a 5k. It is shorter than most of them."
Mrs:"Are you walking this one or running it?"
Me:"Don't know yet. We'll see how my hip feels."
Me: "I think I figured it out that I can qualify for the 2011 NYC Marathon by doing no race longer than 4 miles."
Mrs: "That's 2011, right."
Me: "Yes, 2011. I'm already in for 2010."
Mrs: "You're still expecting to run the marathon in 2010?"
Me:"If everything works out right."
Mrs:"And to do the marathon you'll probably have to train?"
Mrs:"And marathon training normally includes running?"
Me(after a slight pause):"Yes"
Mrs:"And you haven't gotten anything new from the doctor since a only few days ago where he said running is the worst thing for you at this time."
Me(after a longer pause):"No, nothing new."
Mrs:"And you really can't run well now?"
Me:"No, not up to my typical standards. And those standards are low to begin with! Ha!"
Mrs: "And you have times where you can't even walk right without pain."
Mrs:"You are thinking about surgery because of the pain? "
Me(back to inserting pauses):"Thinking about it."
Mrs."So, why are you doing this race?"
Me: Silence, looking down at my size 14s.
Mrs:"You know I don't want to be viewed as non supportive but I think that soon you might realize that something is a little off with your logic about doing these races with your injury."
Me:"What do you mean? It's only a 5k!"
Mrs:"I'm sure you'll figure it out."
I did the Coogan's NYRR 5K this morning. Ran more than I expected but forced myself to walk a lot. Race course was crowded with about 7500 racers. Hillier than I expected. Finished in 37:43 for a 12:10/mile pace overall since I really didn't want to push the pace. I handed out tee shirts at the NYRR office on Friday afternoon for this race so I met my volunteer requirement too.
PS: One of the things I left out on the random facts about me is that one of my strengths is my ability to focus on a problem. Unfortunately, it is one of my weakness too.
PPS: "Facts are stubborn things" - Ronald Reagan.