I have been through a range of emotions about this. At first I was really mad - when they announced the cancellation it was Friday afternoon and according to the weather reports, it was supposed to be fine come Sunday. It is just really disappointing that I have been training for 6 months and now, nothing. I feel like I gave up a lot for this. I gave up my Friday nights for 6 months, I got up at 5am every Saturday and many days during the week. Oh, and I didn't lose any weight. Not. One. Pound. And no, I didn't just gain muscle because my clothes are not any looser!
I posted on FB how upset I was and I received a lot of comments... Most people left comments saying things like, oh you can still run this race or that, or, can't you just run another one? Um, no, actually I can't. There are several races coming up in the next few weeks but it's Christmas time and travel time - and I am a planner. I have my life planned for next two months and running a half marathon was not on the schedule. Then someone was like, oh, you can just run this race in March. Sorry, I in no way plan on training for 3.5 more months! Remember, I am not a runner. I don't like it, it's not fun and for the last month my knees have been killing me and I just dreaded every run. I didn't sign up for this race because I enjoy running, I signed up for it because for me it's hard and I wanted to set a goal and achieve it. For me, running 13 miles is not just a physical challenge but mental as well. People usually give up on things they think are too hard or too complicated. I was determined to get myself mentally through this. That's why I was so bummed.
It wasn't until I took Winston for a walk Saturday evening that I finally understood the seriousness of the weather. All of the streets and sidewalks were covered in .5-1" sheet of ice. I nearly busted my butt several times. There was no way that 25,000 people could have run a race on Sunday. So while I totally agree that the race should have been canceled it still stinks! However, looking for the silver lining... I did make some great friends through training, so it was not all for nothing :)
This is my third winter in Dallas. The first two were pretty mild. This ice thing is a little crazy. There are trees down, cars wrapped around telephone poles, city buses in ditches. I would blame it on these crazy Texans not knowing how to drive but instead I will place the blame on the city. Can we not put salt down on the roads? I went to college in Maine and I think in 4 years they only canceled classes twice and that was because there was 4 foot dumping and another was a real ice storm that put the state out of power for over a week! Here are some pics to give you an idea of what Dallas is dealing with... at least in my neck of the woods - I have heard that it was worse in the burbs.
|city was totally shutdown on Friday over a little bit of winter weather|
|Harry Winston was prepared!|
|view from my office... it did look a little gloomy!|