So this week I received an email… See a little while ago, before my coach and I had decided on our racing schedule, I entered a contest for a free entry into Space Coast Marathon (and Half Marathon). I then forgot about it and assumed I didn’t win. Space Coast introduced a big fancy medal series this year.
So, Space Coast sold out. I was a little disappointed, because In addition to the Medal…Space Coast has some really good basic Schwag. A T shirt of course, the medal of course, but also a lovely Beach towel, and a variety of other goodies. It’s a fun Space themed race close to the Space Center here in Florida. In addition the course is very flat and has been called fast. But at any rate. It was off the table for me. Until Wednesday…when I got this email.
We are excited to have you run for Natalie’s! Please fill out the attached entry form, and scan it back in to me. Also, since you are a sponsored athlete for this race we will be providing you with a Natalie’s running shirt you will need to wear for the race. If you could let me know your shirt size, men or women’s cut, along with an address to send the shirt to I would appreciate it.
I won a sponsorship from Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. What is neat is that this is a company that I like, the juice they create is GREAT! They are nice people, and we see them often at running events..The juice is available in lots of states, so check them out. my favorite is the Honey Tangerine. (No honey involved, but tastes like it was.)!
This was so exciting to me. I of course, being a total Geek got very thrilled when I saw the “SPONSORED ATHLETE” statement. I took a moment and reeled myself in from the feeling of reading this. I am after all, a Registered Nurse. I’m not an athlete. And I’m still struggling a bit with my training for the marathon. This statement did not make me any faster, or more qualified, or anything, I was just super lucky to win this entry. Right before I got this email I had had a very nice exchange with my coach…about skipping my weights workout. He was very supportive. So of course after the elation wore off..
I was in a bind. My coach. our plan.
Several of my friends surprisingly suggested that I just “don’t tell him” I admit I considered this, but then, decided that I’m not all about being dishonest. I can always do what I want, but we have been working together for some time now. He gives good advice and when I follow it, I tend to have good results. It would have been entirely disrespectful of me to just not tell him.
So I headed to the gym and foam rolled like a maniac. I was hoping to discuss it with him in person. I never saw him. He may have been at work, but..I didn’t see him. Usually I see him on Thursday mornings, in passing after my speed workout. But on Thursday morning, he wasn’t present either. Bummer! So I bit the bullet. I sent off an email about my speed work times, and then explained my situation. Spent the entire day feeling very tired from the speed effort and concerned as he didn’t reply to that email. I returned to the gym for more foam rolling. (My hip is bothering me.) I saw him there, but he was working with lots of people. I could see him moving from one person to the next and they all seemed to need something from him. I’m getting better about not bothering him at work, so I finished off the rolling, and waved very vigorously at him poor thing. (He gave me a one hand wave back….I just for some reason needed to connect with him!). Still no reply to the email. Later that evening I did hear back.
race. go for it.
And that was all. Friday I got done with work early. Did my Monster swim of 3200 yards.
I then went and did the arms/abs weights on the schedule. Typically my Friday afternoon gym session is kind of lonely. Everyone runs out of that place! I was, however, a bit earlier than normal. I did some weights, yawned a lot, and saw that my coach was super duper busy with patients. He tends to scan the environment, so I know he knew I was doing my workout, but he was really SO busy, I avoided even waving at him. I would feel better about this if we had been able to have a conversation in person, but it clearly wasn’t meant to be. We usually have a more in depth email on Sundays, so hopefully he will have a bit more to say. It was such a surprise. It’s so rare that someone like me gets free race entries and such that I do want to take advantage of it…but at the same time….I never want to screw up the plan. Still.. I just don’t see how one 13 miler will screw it up, but I do know racing too much can totally ruin a schedule with an A race. So we’ll see!