Okay so I am not running the Chicago half marathon this September after all. I swear I don't know what I was thinking when I decided this would be fun. But since it was sort of my idea, and then I roped several people into doing it with me, I knew there was no way out. It was all fun in the beginning, 3 miles today, 2 miles tomorrow then rest a day or two and run 5 on the weekend. As the mileage increased and the summer got hotter and hotter, I soon grew tired of the rigid schedule I was committed to and started to think of how I could get out of this race without looking like a quitter. I had the same feelings back in 2002 when I was training for my full marathon with my sister Rachael. We were following the same training schedule, so we were sort of training together, except that I was living in WA and she in MI. I remember thinking when the training got hard and I wanted to bail that a broken leg wouldn't be so bad or even a mild sprain would probably be enough to get me out of it. I even thought about just pretending I had a broken leg, since I was half way across the country and she'd never know. You know these are just the thoughts that would run through my mind during a 18 or 20 mile run. I never followed through with my plan, and I did run the marathon, but whew, it was tough. Anyhow, since we live in the same state now, faking a broken leg isn't exactly possible, and a real broken leg would be a much bigger hardship than running a half marathon, but I did end up getting pregnant and that is what got me off the hook this time.
There it's official, I put it in writing. Now you all know for sure. I thought my sneaky little header change would throw some people off, and actually I thought it would take quite a while before people even noticed the subtle little change of words, but I was wrong, you guys are quick. Some people may not think that a blog is a proper way to inform people, especially family, that you are having a baby, but since when do I do things the proper way. So I apologize to anyone that was offended by finding out via the blog. Honestly though, word travels really fast in my family, and secrets even faster, so I was sure everyone knew from my side of the family. I also discovered that as fast as news travels in my family, I think it might travel even faster in Todd's family.
I am 10 weeks pregnant and our official due date is March 27. March also happens to be the end of Todd's off season and the beginning of his working season, so it wasn't exactly good timing for that reason, but we will make it work. Being the educated people that we are, we can't honestly say it happened accidentally without looking stupid, but lets just say we definitely were not trying and we will for sure remember this and be more careful with planning should we decide to have or not have another baby.
Tony and the little baby will be just 16 months apart. Some people think that is crazy and a lot of work. My mom thinks it's genius, she intentionally had her kids close together so that they would have a play mate. I'm sure there are tons of pro's and con's to having babies close together, and I'm not sure which list is longer, or whether I agree with the people who think this is crazy or my mom who thinks it's a smart idea, but it doesn't really matter at this point, it's a done deal.
So there you have it, I have officially spilled the beans all over the floor. I have really enjoyed reading all your comments, some more blunt and inquisitive than others, but all fun to read. I just have one little request, if you leave an annonymous comment because you don't have a blogger account, please leave your name, otherwise I have to try to guess who you are and I may be guessing wrong. Don't make me start calling you out on it. ;)
PS In case your wondering, I didn't really get pregnant just to get out of the race, I am still running, just not as far. More like 3-5 miles a few times a week. I actually kept training for several weeks after I found out, but when I went to my first doctor appt they said NO, and who am I to argue with a doctor. They have a 5K in Chicago the same day as the half marathon which I am considering doing, but we will see.
PSS Yeah, we're happy about it.