I learned one valuable lesson this week,
and I can tell you that as I mother,
I did not enjoy the lesson one bit.
Apparently I am not Super Woman.
I repeat: I am not Super Woman.
Does this mean that I will ever not try to defy gravity, speed and time,
throw a birthday party, make 20 aprons, run a half marathon and host a fundraiser?
All. In. One. Week?
much to my husband's disappointment,
I will probably attempt to do some other outrageous event planning in the near future,
in which I will I obsess and go slightly insane over.
But, now that I look back on everything,
It was totally worth it.
Super powers or not.
Event #1 - Plan Toddler Birthday Party
I spent months planning, pinning and budgeting Gray's Cat in the Hat birthday party.
Pots, candy holders, gummy bears, mason jars, individual hats, pinwheels, cake, recipes, icing, cupcakes, stickers, shirts, and decorations.
This wasn't going to be some thrown-together shindig.
And I will plan this extravagant of a fiesta again, oh yes.
However, I will not ever ever ever spend 12 hours baking a cake
on my feet
the day before a race.
A cake that stood tall and proud on my counter,
only to completely flop over in my refrigerator.
I sat in front of that refrigerator motionless until my husband finally did something about it.
I'm not even sure what I was thinking.
Oh yes. That I was the spawn of supernatural mothering.
But before the race even arrived I had yet another event...
Event #2 - Make a Running Shirt
Why did I have to make a shirt?
Because the lovely company, who will remain nameless,
was apparently too busy "skipping and whistling" on Oak Street to follow through.
Thanks a lot, pals.
I only promised 6 sponsors that I would run with their logos on.
And even though I'm not huge corporation who would really bring them a ton of business,
I took a hell of a lot of pride in the work I put forth to get those sponsors.
On the bright side,
unsaid company never would have been able to pull off this gem:
Event #3: Mardi Gras Half Marathon
So I woke up on race day
(off 4.5 hours of sleep due to a wild goose chase to find a knee brace
since mine was discovered MIA at 10:30 pm)
laced my shoes,
threw on my proud homemade shirt
(which I learned iron-ons do not work on running shirts - sorry sponsors, I tried),
attempted to eat
(my house reeked of chicken livers - thanks, husband),
gulped a Gatorade,
and was out the door to attempt a PR.
(This is me in my bathroom where I spent the whole morning due to the chicken liver devastation)
And that blue head wrap?
That's a thank you to all of you:
Every person who donated,
bought and apron,
shared my blog,
gave me a shout out,
sponsored my run,
or just gave me a high-five
is on that bandana.
So I had my supporting do-rag.
I had my Gu Chomps.
I had my iPod.
I had my ladies.
And within 5 miles I was completely exhausted.
It took every ounce of my energy to convince my mind to let me finish
and to push my body across that finish line.
I did not make my goal,
but I did PR with an official time of 1:54:35.
I suppose shaving 6 minutes off my second race was a bit ambitious.
BUT, I did promise,
(yet another ambitious move)
that I would herkie across the finish line if enough people donated $13.
Actually, I didn't come close to my goal,
but I did one badass herkie for the people who did.
Apparently the photographers were unprepared for the amazingness that was the herkie
(Thanks to Sandi, Uncle John and Aunt Susie, Mom and Dad, Nikki and Nick, Mark and Val, Joe and Dana)
Event #5: The Party
From there, it was on to Gray's 3rd birthday party.
I was pooped.
And worse: we didn't know there was a festival next door.
So I was sore, tired and dehydrated
and stuck in traffic - late to my own child's birthday party.
A party that was left to my husband to decorate.
You can imagine my panic.
But I got there,
and it was a glorious event.
And that cake that made me sit on my kitchen floor and cry over?
I got my hands dirty (in icing, not dirt people), flopped it back together,
and gave it its rightful debut.
The kids didn't seem to mind one bit.
Especially not this guy:
Monday I spent somewhat recuperating from the longest weekend in my life.
I planned on doing the same on Tuesday.
After all, I had planned the upcoming fundraiser well in advance to allow myself rest.
Event #6: Make Aprons
Someone noted that they wanted aprons.
I thought I had retired from aprons.
A day before I would have rather sold my soul then to make another.
But I needed the money.
I sort of want a Boston Marathon jacket as my bragging right.
There's also a certain 26.2 sticker that I'm tackily contemplating buying for my future car.
So I sat and sewed.
I sewed until I only had 10 minutes to spend with my husband before we split for 10 days.
Straight to fundraiser.
Set up fundraiser.
Go to Walgreens to pick up replacement snuggie because Gray forgot his.
Take bath in sink - aka - do a little wipe down and spritz with perfume.
Load up car.
Strap on apron.
Event # 7: FUNDRAISE
It was a HUGE success.
I really had absolutely no idea what would come of it.
Would I make $100? $1,000? 10 million dollars?
People didn't RSVP.
People RSVPed who didn't even show.
People came who I never would have expected.
The expected came and continued to blow my mind with their support.
It was the most fascinating point in my charity efforts.
All of my hard work really was paying off.
People responded, and responded well.
People wandered in and were contagiously wanting to help.
They wanted the story.
My training tales.
And most importantly,
they wanted to help.
This was just what I needed to start the 1-month countdown to Boston.
I don't need to beat 4 hours,
or constantly worry about hills.
I'm running this marathon for something bigger than a pace or finishing time.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my brother for constantly being an inspiration.
I want to thank the Hoyts for accepting me to this team and allowing me this opportunity.
I want to thank my friends who have cheered me on thus far.
I want to thank my family, who knows just why I am doing this,
and thus are my biggest supporters.
I want to thank my husband for being incredibly patient and encouraging,
and not complaining of my new sweaty and often unsexy activity.
And thanks to You for reading this.
If you feel that someone else would enjoy,
There's a love in this adventure that I hope everyone can experience in their own time.
Doing good to others will not give you super powers,
but it will give you a powerful sense of accomplishment and satisfy the soul.