Fun Times With The Beckers

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13.1 BOOM! — December 14, 2011
well, it’s not my fault, at least — February 15, 2011

well, it’s not my fault, at least

i trained for and ran the Lincoln Half-Marathon in 2004.

Ever since then, I have said I was going to run it again.

I made a half-hearted attempt to reprise my efforts in 2005, but was quick to blame my training failure on an aching left knee and the fact that my niece was born on the morning of one of the training races.

“well, there’s always next year”… i said…

and i said that again in 2006 and 2007 and 2008 and 2009.

then i said, “i ran it before my 25th birthday, and i will run it before my 30th birthday.”

and then i was pregnant. if you do the math, i was 33-weeks pregnant during the 2010 marathon. and of course, i didn’t do any sort of training that would have allowed me the ability to even walk 13.1 miles at that point.

So i started to say, out loud, “I will run it in 2011. No, seriously, I will.”

and then i had other pregnant friends agreeing with me.

this will be great, i thought, i have said it out loud, so i can’t go back now. plus, i have other people that are counting on me to train. AND, it will be great motivation to get back into shape.

done, and done.


i haven’t run since, oh, say, 2004.

i had planned a big blog post on December 1, 2010 – the date that they were to open the 2011 registrations. Heck, i even had visions of actually being one of the first to sign up. because if you do, then there’s really no turning back.

but they didn’t open registrations until a few weeks after December 1st.

and then, well, i had plenty of time.

so, i thought, maybe it will be a great New Year’s resolution. sign up, and start training.

um, do you have any idea how cold and snowy/icy it’s been around here since 1/1/11?

i have other friends that have signed up and were successfully training. and really, i could do a 12-week training regimen which would have set my first day of training on February 6. i could do a week of training and then sign up based on how well it went.

well, that would have been a week ago.

i didn’t start training.

in fact, i don’t think i even thought about any sort of running within the past week.

and now, my half-marathon-training-co-worker just informed me that it’s all sold out. (and corroborated here)


so, now i am taking the mental stance that it’s “Fate” and i just wasn’t supposed to run it this year.

see, it is in no way my fault that i wasn’t able to sign up.

and, there’s always 2012.

On Your Marks… — September 13, 2010

On Your Marks…

just took a trip over to LincolnRun.Org where i was kindly alerted to the fact that the 2011 Lincoln Marathon registration opens December 1st.


i know that last year they filled all registrations prior to the race– so it’s likely they will do so again this year.

i have been saying that i would like to run the Half Marathon again in 2011… but, haven’t even thought about starting to train (which is necessary, for sure)… i know i’ll be super sad if i get mentally ready and then can’t even register…

which begs the question: when will i have to make a final decision, and still have time to enter before registration closes?

oh dear! reality sets in!

Happy Ash Wednesday — February 25, 2009

Happy Ash Wednesday

(is it blasphemous to say that?… this isn’t a cake baking occasion, is it?)

so lent begins… and being Catholic Without The Guilt (Episcopalian – one that doesn’t end up at Church very often…) i sometimes dabble in the fun of giving up – or taking on – something for Lent.

Last year i thought about giving up swearing, caffeine and crabbiness – but when my alarm went off on Ash Wednesday last year, the first thought in my head was S#!t, its way too early – i am too crabby to deal with today, i need some coffee… so there went that resolution.

but i thought about it the other day– and i think i will ADD something this year– my goal is to run one mile each day during lent…

okay, i tend to cheat a bit, and if i miss a day, i tack it on to the days after Easter… i fear that i may be adding days until November… but no, i am asserting that i will stick with the plan– now, if i can only find time today to make that mile count…

(the ultimate goal is to get back into shape, and hopefully, by Easter, be doing more than one mile per day– we shall see… oh, we shall see…)

as inspiration – here is me, May 2005, 2 minutes after crossing the line of the Lincoln Half Marathon — and about one minute after scarfing down a powerbar, liter of water and a bacon, egg & cheese biscuit from McD’s… GO KT!