It started when I was hanging out at Boyfriend’s one morning and noticed a formal invitation sitting on his desk. Thinking he had unearthed the invitation to his brother’s wedding that weekend in order to prep, I picked it up, only to discover that it was actually an invitation for a different wedding on a different date. September 19, to be exact – the same weekend I had planned to do a double in North Dakota and Colorado. Bye bye, double weekend!
Then last night, Boyfriend and I went to dinner with his mom. Boyfriend’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend (gosh, this is hard with no names… let’s refer to them as Boyfriend, BMom, BBrother, and BBGirlfriend) were coming also, as they were in town for Boyfriend’s other brother’s wedding this weekend. We made reservations for Citrus, this awesome restaurant on the Upper West Side that has Latin American / Asian fusion. Spicy tuna and banana rolls? After you’ve had them you’ll wonder why every roll doesn’t have banana in it.
while enjoying our pineapple margaritas, BMom told us that she had something very important to talk to us about, and then decided she needed a glass of wine before she could tell us. Uh oh. I grabbed Boyfriend’s hand for a squeeze and we nervously waited as she got her wine and took a few sips. Finally, she told us that we would no longer be going on the family trip to Arizona for Labor Day weekend. Puzzled, we waited for the rest of the story. BMom’s husband was sadly just diagnosed with prostate cancer, and is going to be in recovery from surgery that weekend.
Having gone through my own family scare with cancer a few years ago (my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, but fortunately made a full recovery), I was in shock for most of the rest of the dinner. However, when I calmed down later, I realized that no trip to Arizona meant no Albuquerque Marathon that weekend (I was planning to do a quick trip from Phoenix to go back and forth and knock off another state).
Both of these are excellent reasons to miss marathons, but I can’t help but be a bit disappointed. I really want to finish my 50 states as soon as possible, and I’m starting to see that others were right when they said that things always go wrong and you should plan to take longer than you think, especially once you start getting to the end of the list. Hopefully the rest of my (super aggressive and totally crazy) fall schedule will remain intact! Don’t forget to let me know if you’ll be any of the races and want to meet up :)