Okay, the first part of this blog is ranting about wedding stuff, so if you are just here to read how cool and extraordinary I am in the running world, scroll down to get to the good stuff.
Wedding invites went out over the weekend. While we would have liked to have invited EVERYONE we knew, budget constraints and inflated gas prices restricted us from doing that...(the last part was a joke...). We spent a good 6 months working on that wedding list. We had to remove some people that we really wanted to come to make room for people who belonged (ie, family). It was a painful and tedious process and I am certainly glad that I never have to do it again.
With that being said, if you got an invitation, wouldn't you just be happy about it? I know I would (and not just because this wedding will be awesome). I would just because I now know how hard it is to decide who makes the list.
Where am I going with this?
If you are one of the seven people who has already told me your "complaint" on the date that we picked, I am really ashamed that I picked you over some people that I like more (now). If you were planning on making a "complaint" about the date or any other wedding matter, spare me. Really. People just amaze me.
The top three complaints that I have received are (in no particular order) along with the responses I wanted to give, but chose not to....
1. Did you realize that you scheduled your wedding for the same day that Georgia plays Tennessee?
What I said: Nothing. I just shook my head and walked off.
What I should have said: Well, give me yours back and I'll send it to someone who either doesn't give a crap about football or knows how to operate TIVO.
2. Why did you send your invitations so early? (and while this sounds like a harmless question, the snotty tone in the persons voice who said it, was all but harmless)
What I said: Because 80% of the people we invited live out of town and have to secure flight arrangements, hotels, etc.
What I should have said: Well give me yours back and I'll send it to someone who doesn't care when the invitation arrived.
3. Did you realize that you scheduled your wedding on a holiday weekend?
*This one especially killed me because the holiday in question is Columbus Day. Raise your hand if Columbus Day is a holiday for you. You guessed it...this question came from a government employee.
What I said: The rest of the working world does not get Columbus Day off so it's not a holiday weekend to 95% of our guest list.
And to the second person who told me that, and followed it with 'my spouse was really mad because they were looking forward to vacation', I said: well then don't come.
What I should have said: Well, give me yours back and I'll send it to someone who isn't inconvenienced on their 11th holiday weekend of the year.
I'm not upset about it, I'm just amazed at what people think are okay things to say...just amazed.
AND ON TO RUNNING
After Monday's impressive turnout at the Labor Day Race (when I say 'impressive' I mean that it was impressive that I showed up), I decided that I'm going to get my act into gear with this running thing. 3 years is too long to be lollygagging....or running 11 minute miles. I also started a 6 week fitness camp today that meets 5 times a week. I plan to attend at least 4 of the 5 days and look hot in that wedding dress...or at least the parts that you will be able to see. At any rate, fitness camp started at 6am and ended about 7:15. Instead of getting in my car and heading back to the warmth of my home (and coffee!), I opted to get in a 3 mile run.
I know! I was impressed too.
So, I took off with no real route in mind, just 1.5 miles in one direction. I ended up circling downtown blocks and running up and down several of the same streets...who knew it would be so hard to find 3 miles of downtown road to run on? I was also trying to avoid a few areas, like the main bus stop area because, well, it sorta gives me the creeps. I was also trying to avoid running uphill which never happened as the down part of our town is actually at the bottom of a hill (who knew?). I got in 3 miles at a 10:22 pace which isn't as spectacular as my 9:40 pace at the race on Monday, but it had been preceded by an hour of fitness camp. All in all I was pleased with myself and will stay on the "high" side of running life for one more day.
Have a happy Hump Day!