Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Bowl Concerto

For the last few years my Super Bowl Sunday has been quite predictable. We get up early, head into Central Park to run in the 4 mile NYRR Gridiron Classic, then head home and have a bunch of folks over to watch the game. The race puts an interesting counterpoint to the eating bonanza that normally occurs. As part of the classic, there is a football toss at 8am and the race follows at 9.

This year is different. My girls were invited to audition for a concerto competition. Their audition is on Super Bowl Sunday. One is scheduled to play at 11:00am and the other almost immediately afterwards. Now on one hand it seems good that they were scheduled to perform before the big game but this time makes it close to impossible to do the race and the concert (they are about an hour drive apart). My older daughter, while registered for the race with me, realized that and chose to play her concerto.

I have a dilemma. I've seen my girls play many times. The latest time was just last week. I fully expect them to nail this audition and they will perform again shortly. Even if they don't get selected for this competition, there are many on the schedule already. My so called running will make the race a train wreck but it is better to do it than not. Yes, forfeiting the race fee and giving up the tee shirt isn't a good thing but the registration wasn't that expensive since we registered so long ago.

So, what to do? Race and miss this performance or don't race and see the performance. I'm leaning towards running early solo, missing the race, and seeing the concert but I'll probably waffle a dozen times before I actually need to make a decision.

In any event, I'll be watching the game rooting against the Ravens. Not for the Niners, but against the Ravens. Read into that what you will.


Big Daddy Diesel said...

I would pick family over dilluted gatorade

Jford said...

As tough as it may seem, I would also choose to be there for my kids. There are tons of races every weekend, but the kids will one day be out of the house (hopefully!) :)

Ransick said...

I agree with your plan. Run early solo,miss the race and watch your daughters.

As a Steelers fan, I have a hard time routing for the Ravens but I don't want SF to have another ring.

Unknown said...

Run early from home and go watch the kids.

And I am routing against the Ravens too. Might even stop by Cabela's and purchase some deer antlers!

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Running solo early sounds like a good plan! I'm sure they will really appreciate the extra support. What not to do is no run at all and still partake in the super bowl food shenanigans :-)

Carolina John said...

I'm inferring that the Ravens, then, will pull out a victory! have fun!

MILF Runner said...

If you opt to race instead of see your kids do their thing I will banish you from the kingdom. NEVER choose running over kids. EVER. Even if they say it's okay.

Kate Geisen said...

My husband is rooting against the 49ers.

And I'm in the minority, but I don't see where missing an audition is necessarily the end of the world. We lived volleyball all year long for 4 years; missing one match or part of one match didn't show my son a lack of support. The hard part is where you really want to be able to do both and have to choose.