I have desired you from afar for many years. Many, many years.
In 2007, I didn't register for the random drawing for the registration because I heard of the cool experience of the marathon too late. But, you decided to have a VIRTUAL half marathon and I could run anywhere I wanted (like around my neighborhood) and sync up my run and get a Tiffany keychain! It wasn't a half marathon in San Francisco with a fireman giving me a Tiffany necklace at the finish line, but it was something! So, I trained and trained and trained, and with a busy job and a one year old this was no small feat. And I 10.21.07 I was trained and ready.
Then, tragedy struck. I woke up the morning of October 21, 2007 with bronchitis. Still determined to run I sat in my steamy bathroom for an hour hoping to cough up enough stuff to feel better. My husband, completely freaked out that I was going to try to run with a fever and a hacking up a lung, promised to go to Tiffany's immediately and buy a keychain.* I went to bed and didn't run.
In 2008, I completely missed the random drawing deadlines because I was just so busy as work. I felt so stupid for missing it, but you came through for me again with ANOTHER VIRTUAL MARATHON! I trained and trained and trained!
Then, tragedy struck. On July 20, 2008 after a 6 miles training run, I fell on the sidewalk, ironically, in front of the Austin Children's Museum, but while holding my 2 year old daughter. While trying to protect her in the fall, I broke both my arm and foot. I would not be able to run the virtual marathon, and I was unable to run again until November.
In 2009, I finally got my act together and registered for the random drawing! But you didn't pick me and there was no sign of a virtual marathon. So, I got pregnant instead!
And then you emailed me this on September 25, 2009:
Five months pregnant and completely untrained for a Half Marathon, I declined your late offer.
In March of 2010, I had a baby. And there was no way I was doing a half marathon in October.
And that brings us to now, 2011. I have registered for your random drawing. I wish to do your half marathon. And all I can say is:
PLEASE PICK ME!
*This was apparently a lie. He did not buy me a keychain. I reminded him of this several years later and he bought me a Coach keychain.