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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tidbit Tuesday

Thanks for the completely divided advice on the pants. I still don't know what to do. If I just let them sit long enough in the closet, will house elves take care of the issue for me? I doubt it. My house elf, Lucky, is the laziest son of a bitch you'll find: it feels like I have to do everything!

Anyhoo...I'm sure I'll figure it out.

In other news, the in-laws arrived yesterday, but because I had a night class, I didn't get to see them until after 9 pm last night and then again only briefly this morning before I left for work. I don't know what my husband and they will do today while I'm being brilliant in class, but I think this evening we'll go out to dinner and such, which kinda poses a problem for my scheduled run today. Guess I'll have to try and squeeze it in before the fun begins.

As for today, I printed off some Miami Half info that has been sent to me via email, and I'm starting to get a little nervous about Sunday's race. Not because I'm scared of the distance or my finish, but I'm getting worked up about parking. By my estimation, I'm gonna need to leave home Sunday morning at like 3:30 am in order to have enough time to drive to downtown Miami, find parking, and get to the start -- which almost makes me want to drive down the night before and just sleep at the start line. I swear, for me, half the nerves of a big race are just the particulars of getting myself to the start line.

Is anyone else weird about this when preparing for a race? Or, am I the only one working myself into a tizzy about transportation?

23 comments:

June said...

you arent the only one dear! the one time i did an out of town half, i went the night before, got a room, drove myself to the start/parking area just so i would know where everything was.

GOOOOOOOOOOOD LUUUUUUUUUUCK!

Viv said...

Have fun with the in-laws tonight.
LOL @ Lucky.
I am a freak about parking. I usually get there too early and have to sit in my car since there is nobody there yet.

chia said...

I'll send a little prayer up to the parking Gods on your behalf. Or... I just saw some good deals in Miami on www.hotwire.com. Perhaps you and the hubs can get one of those hottub rooms and lux out for the evening prior somewhere close enough to walk?

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh no, no, you don't have the market cornered on this one. I get all nerved up about where to park and how much time it will take me and not wanting to cut it too close that I would have to run to the start or something. I also repeated my parking location over and over at the HM and told Tom and Amy so that when I finished they could tell me where my car was!! Hope you can squeeze your run in today!!

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Diana said...

i totally understand the race-morning-where-the-hell-is-the- parking-and-oh-by-the-way-where-is- the-start uneasiness.

I flew from NY to run in the Paul DeBruyn 15k in Daytona Beach, FL and damn, was race morning a freaking panic. I think the problem (well maybe 10%) was me, because on the way to scope out the start and parking info, etc... I got distracted with the beach and all that sunshine and water and sand and stuff. (I'm mesmerized by the beach) So I never actually made it to the park where the race was being held to figure out parking and the start line for the race day. woops! Anyway, I hope everything goes well for your race! Good Luck!!!

Marcy said...

LMAO! I am the same way! If getting to the start is left up to me, I'm a nutcase. Mostly in part because 1) I can't drive for crap 2) Because I'm anal about being to the start early. What usually happens though? It goes A LOT smoother than I think it will And I kick myself for wasting all that time worrying LOL

RazZDoodle said...

I live in Nebraska, so we just hitch up our horses to a post.

AnthonyP said...

I think my prior post got deleted by accident....:(

I am the same way...I always arrive early. Can you stay the night in Miami ? What's the weather looking like ?

Debbi said...

Oh, I can absolutely relate. The two half-marathons I've done have been in cities where each of my children live – they were in charge of chauffering me to and fro, and did it gladly. I'm always grateful when someone else can take on the transportation chores.

keith said...

Freaking out well before the race is better than freaking out during or minutes before it starts.

good luck!

Laura N said...

Oh man, can you spend the night down there? That's a real pain to get up and drive so early.

Good luck with whatever you figure out. You'll rock the race!

Jess. said...

No I totally freak out about the details. I don't know exactly where I'm parking my car so I can get my booty to the start line I panic hardcore.

P.O.M. said...

Ha. I freak out about the parking and driving situation too. It's usually my biggest concern. I usually try to get someone to go with - then they can drive, drop me off, park and be at the finish line when I'm done.

teacherwoman said...

I think that half the nerves of most racers is getting to the start line! You're not alone.


Boy, getting up at 3:30 am doesn't sound fun!

runner26 said...

Totally normal! I freak myself out about getting to Central Park--and it is practically in my back yard. I think it's just a way to take your mind off the race by focusing on something else. Best of luck!! I'll be running a half this Sunday, too, so I'll be thinking about you.

Erin said...

People from work are getting a hotel so they can get up, eat, and walk across the street without worrying about over sleeping, driving, or parking. May be something to consider in the future...

Mendy said...

The night before a race, I hardly sleep at all in fear of not hearing the clock go off. I hate that, so yeah - I understand completely.

That's early but I guess that's what you gotta do.

lifestudent said...

I panic about every little detail. You are just like all the rest of us! I think NOT having these types of worries makes a person unusual :)

Margo said...

I always freak out before a race about parking, finding my way to the start, etc. 3:30 does not sound like fun - I would stay overnight in Miami. Good luck!!

J~mom said...

I definitely start to worry about the details! I am an OCD type by nature though.

I guess I wasn't signed in to gmail on the other comment.

Just12Finish said...

Oh no, you're not alone. That's why they tell you to sleep well 2 night before the race, because we're all walking wrecks 1 night before.

Laurel said...

How ling does it take to get here from Tamarac?

You shouldn't have any trouble parking, we found plenty last year in lots under the metrorail. There will be people there collecting money for parking.

Did you get the email I sent you? Give me a call on Saturday at the expo if you want to meet up.