When I got home today I checked the mail because I’m just that kind of guy; a checker of mail. I’m so terribly exciting in my day-to-day life I can barely contain myself.
Anyway, when I opened up my mailbox what do you suppose I found? Christmas cards? Perhaps. Bills? Not usually as I’m an e-bill type of person. Flyers? When are there not flyers in my mailbox? A postcard? You betcha.
Now it may seem weird but I get postcards rather frequently. Usually from Dr. Steph, or Dr. Beth, but others have been known to send various sentiment via the classiest of media: the paper-board rectangle.
Truth be told, I love getting postcards. They are simple, to the point, and provide whomever is delivering the mail a glimpse of a conversation they know nothing about. I imagine the mail-person concocting a story around the postcard to satisfy the one-sided conversation they are privy to read. I always smile when wondering what they might think of what is written on the card, especially in the case of the more colourful postcards. For example, Dr. Steph sent me a postcard post hernia surgery to express the following sentiment: “I’m sorry you’re feeling like such a pussy.” Dr. Beth also recently sent me a couple of postcards, one of which simply asked “How do you like those apples?” I love them Dr. Beth. I love them long time. But I do wonder what the mail-person thought when they read that.
But where was I? Oh right. Today’s mail delivery included a postcard. This one from the fine folks who help to organize the Ottawa race weekend. The same Ottawa race weekend that I took part in this year. The same Ottawa race weekend that saw me finish my first ever marathon, with a personal best time of 4:08:50. Which just so happens to be on the front of the postcard. Personalized postcard for the win!
Anyway, the postcard was sent as a reminder about the upcoming 2012 race weekend. Not that I’d forgotten about it. But it did provide me the impetus to tell you about my next set of New Year’s goals (the first of which I had mentioned here): Marathons!
Yes. I wrote marathons plural. As in, multiple marathons. Because why do something once when you can do it multiple times? That’s right folks, my goal next year is to run not one, not two, but three marathons, ha ha ha (imagine Count von Count counting to three here).
Which three marathons will I select? I’ve not completely decided yet. The options include at least the following:
- BMO Vancouver Marathon, May 6, 2012
- Toronto Goodlife Marathon, May 6, 2012
- Ottawa Marathon, May 27, 2012
- Chicago Marathon, October 7, 2012
- Toronto Waterfront Marathon, October 14, 2012
- Honolulu Marathon, December 9, 2012
But of course I’m open to other suggestions. I do think that I’ll probably return to Ottawa so that I can try to best my current marathon time. And of course, all of this clearly depends on my body and whether or not it survives the training that I’m going to be putting it through. Here’s hoping I don’t break.
- Postcards From The Edge (firstchoice.co.uk)
- To run with or without music…. (fromstilettostorunningshoes.wordpress.com)
- The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (fromstilettostorunningshoes.wordpress.com)
- Postcard On The Run – Postcard On The Run LLC (itunes.apple.com)
- My Intro (fromstilettostorunningshoes.wordpress.com)
- Ottawa Race Weekend finds title sponsor (cbc.ca)