After I stayed up later than I probably should have typing up my last post, I went to bed feeling surprisingly calm about the Northern Ohio Marathon.
Predictably, I had trouble falling and staying asleep. At one point, I checked my phone and saw that it was 5:00AM, and I thought to myself, “In one hour you’re going to be getting ready for one of the biggest events of your life.” I’m not sure how I fell back asleep after that thought, but I did, because my 6:00AM alarm seemed like one of the most abrupt wakeup calls I’ve ever gotten in my lifetime.
As I scurried around getting ready, I noticed an awful smell coming from the living room. When I went in to get my GPS watch and iPod, I noticed that Butters had an accident on the floor. I hadn’t really factored in doggie cleanup time into my morning schedule, but I knew that I had to get that cleaned up. This put me behind schedule and I was pretty angry with him, especially when I wound up getting to the finish line with about a minute to spare before the start.
Later on, as I ran along during the first mile, I saw a “Lost Dog” poster advertising a lost dog with a reward of several thousand dollars. (I saw many more of the same poster on the rest of the course too. I hope they have located him!) This poster also said not to approach the dog because he was very shy. Seeing and reading this reminded me of how Butters was when we first met him at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. He wouldn’t come near us, wouldn’t chase after a toy, and he showed no emotion when we went up to him and petted him. At that point, all of the residual anger and frustration that I had with our pup melted away. Sure, he can be a handful at times, but I’m sure glad that he’s part of our lives.
Sheila soon joined me downstairs, and she told me that she felt pretty nauseous and ill from bad acid reflux that she had on Saturday night. (She later told me that she felt as bad as she did on Good Friday when she went to the MetroHealth ER!) I told her that I’d be OK on my own, but she insisted on coming along, so we headed out. Miraculously, I didn’t forget anything.
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