When we moved to NorCal ... one of the thoughts that crossed my mind was, "Sweet! I won't have to buy a new cocktail or party dress because I can simply wear my old ones and no one will know." I'm not a shopper ... I spend more money on books and curriculum materials than I do on the latest fashions. When I was avidly running, race fees were also a top contender. But most girls and the guys who love them know that every year around November, a girl needs a new party dress ... sometimes 2 or 3 ... as was my case (hospital administration/board party, auxiliary/guild fundraiser, chamber dinner, etc.).
Another thought was, "I should be able to get into pretty good shape. I won't know anyone and won't have social obligations or other fun outings with friends to sway me from working out. What else would I do?" Yeah ... right!
So ... the first holiday party is now behind me and it was a kick in the face for me ... or perhaps, more apropos ... a kick in the gut. I didn't shop for a party dress. I didn't even try on the dresses that were hanging in my closet until Saturday morning ... the morning of the fundraiser. Little did I know that I wouldn't be able to zip it !!
I wallowed in self pity. I made more excuses. Then this morning, though I awoke with a mild head cold - the first of the season no doubt - I made a decision.
I HAVE registered for the Eugene Marathon.
I WILL begin training NOW.