The other day I was driving to work listening to the radio, and I heard about a contest they were holding. If participants would send in a photograph of themselves and a pet, they had the opportunity to win free tickets to see "Beauty and the Beast" at the Von Braun Center and dinner for two at a place called Brix Wine and Tapas. I had no idea "Beauty and the Beast" was coming to Huntsville and I knew I wanted to see it. It is my most favorite Disney Movie of all time...he gives her a library for Heaven's sake! I had no issue with purchasing the tickets myself, but if I could get them for free that would be even better.
So, I went home and uploaded a picture of me and my "beast" to the radio station's website. I then sent the link to all of my friends and family and asked them to vote for my picture. The three top photos with the most votes would win tickets.
I found out on Monday that the Chancellor and I took third place. I was so pumped! This will be a FREE date night with my one true love (who may not be as excited as I am, but he is still sweetly willing to take me) to a new restaurant and the theater. I feel so cultured. Not to mention blessed by a bunch of fun friends in my life who humor my occasional nuttiness.
Then, the next morning it will be time to hit the mileage. The big 2-0. I don't know why, but running that distance alone just seems...intimidating. I realize I am training to run even more than that, but there is just something about stepping out your front door to run not 5, not even 10, but 20 miles! I may have a friend to join me for the first 12 and that will help me break it up nicely, but she has made me promise to run on if I need to hold a faster pace. I think it is this pace I want to hold that influences my feelings of intimidation. I would like to hold it under 9 minute pace. I do not think I have EVER completed a long training run at this pace. It would not only help me to be physically ready for a PR marathon, but it would help me mentally believe I can do it.
So I've got a fun and full weekend ahead. As for the beast who helped me win the contest, he will be content to nap on his warm bed for most of it.