Steve with his free beer in front of a large banana (??)
When we arrived back at the condo, we turned on the news to see if there were any further delays. I laid out my clothes and pinned on my race number. I was ready to go. An official announcement was to be made at 10 pm and when 10:30 rolled around, the bottom on the screen read that the race was officially CANCELLED…not delayed, not rescheduled, but cancelled. I was totally devastated and I cried. To some, this may seem a little dramatic (which I can be), but I am a really dedicated and a pretty obsessive compulsive person and anyone will tell you that right now, I am totally dedicated and obsessed with my running.
I was angry that we drove 11+ hours to get to MB, paid money, took several day off of work, etc., etc., But more importantly, I was totally devastated that the months of hard work that I put into training for this race had gone to nothing. Yes, I have the personal satisfaction of being in shape, blah, blah, blah, but racing is different. All runners know this. I love to run because it’s about personal gratification and only I can hold myself accountable. It’s me against myself. That’s the beauty of the sport. This was to be only my second half marathon and I was excited. I was also looking forward to qualifying for the National Half Marathon in March and this was the race I was going to use to qualify. I have set personal goals for 2010 and I was afraid this was going to keep me from reaching those goals.
Steve found these two snowmen on the beach.
A view of the pool from our window.
When we returned to
Greg Norman's Australian Grille...They have a fantastic happy hour that's just too good to pass up.
The Mardi Gras parade...
By the waterfront outside of Greg Norman's...I was able to wrestle some beads away from the little kids.
A new sports bar where we were able to watch the UConn/Villanova game. Go Huskies!
We look forward to each and every visit we make to Myrtle Beach.
Despite a few bumps in the road, we were still able to make this trip another memorable one!