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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Winning the Lottery

This all started a few months ago...

I said:  I think I want to run in a marathon.
He said:  WHAT?!?!?

And I left it at that for a little while.

Then a few weeks later..
I said:  I really think I want to run in a marathon.
He said:  Let's wait.  Let's run a variety of races this year.  Maybe a few more half marathons.
I said:  I want to do it this year.
He said:  Let's wait until 2016.  Let's make it a goal for next year.
I didn't say anything.

Then a few weeks later...
I said:  Let's find a marathon that is not too far from home and is good for a beginner.  Why don't you ask that running group you are in on Facebook.
He said:  Why go somewhere for it?  Let's stay close to home.

(I thought:  Ooooo...I'm making progress!)

I suggested one that is in town.
He said:  I have zero interest in that one.
I said:  Then what suggestions do you have?
He said:  I still think we should wait until next year.

I said:  My friend Tara is doing the LA Marathon.
He said:  I think we can track her progress.

And we did.  Sorry Tara.  We might have stalked your marathon progress just a wee little bit...

That experience tipped the scales in my favor a little more.

Then...Last Thursday 4:02 p.m. to be exact...
He texted me..."Hmmm.  Marine Corps Marathon is Oct. 25.  Lottery closes March 23."
(Note:  Last Thursday was March 19th.  Just five days before the lottery was to close.)

Later on,
I said:  But that just sounds so TOUGH and MANLY and, and, and.  The name scares me!
He said:  But it's the Marines!  It's Washington DC.  You love DC and have said running a race there is on your bucket list.
I said:  It needs another name.

(So at our house, MCM stands for "Merrill Came for the Monuments")

Anyone notice the role reversal here?

I said:  But what if one of us gets in and the other one doesn't?  You know that would be our luck.
He said:  There are ways around that.  Fundraising groups.  Transfers.  We would cross that bridge if we came to it.  

So on Sunday, we both registered for the lottery.
The lottery closed on Monday at noon.
And then we waited.

And it hit me...
Oh my goodness.  We registered for a MARATHON lottery!!
We registered for a MARATHON lottery???

Email notifications were due to begin after midnight on the 25th.
And we both grabbed our phones shortly after the alarm went off this morning.

Instead of "Good morning,"
He said:  Did you get an email?
I said: Did YOU get an email?

And y'all...we BOTH had emails...and we BOTH were reading "Congratulations.  The MCM Lottery has been conducted and you have reason to celebrate as one of the officially registered participants in the 40th Marine Corps Marathon..."

We both said:  Oh. My. Goodness! (and maybe a few other things in that moment of stunned awakening..)

We're going to DC.
For a marathon.
The 40th Marine Corps Marathon.

Say WHAT???

And if you want to read HIS perspective, go check it out on his 1,560 Miles for Mayan Families page...just click here.  Because he puts it a little more eloquently than I do.

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