Does this make me a bad person? (Plus a quick race report — new marathon PR!)

IMG_3278-0.JPGWe’re driving home from Massachusetts and stuck in stop and go traffic on the highway. Google maps estimates it will take us 2.5 hours to travel what normally would take us 7 minutes.

Of course some asshole in a pickup had to drive on the shoulder to cut in line. Right in front of us. My husband and I have serious pet peeves about line cutters. I almost got in an altercation with an entire family at the Eiffel Tower last month when they cut in line. I cut off half their party by physically blocking the queue. I’m only 5’1″ and about 105 lbs, so it took some major starfish stance to do this. I also glared at the family patriarch who was the ringleader of their nefarious plot to win the “most entitled family of tourist jerks in line today” award.

Anywho, that’s not why I wonder if I’m a bad person.

My husband bought a large pack of bright blue 5 gum at the last rest stop. I am sitting here passing time reading blogs and I see him putting his hand through the sunroof. I look at him perplexed, thinking he’s giving the pickup the finger. But no. He’s flinging chewed up pieces of gum into the flatbed of the truck in front of us. He missed a few, but probably got half a dozen in.

I can’t help it. I think this is hilarious.

Am I going to hell for supporting masticated gum assault?

About the Baystate Marathon — I didn’t get my BQ by 9 minutes. 😥 My stomach was shitty again. I don’t know why, but I’m suspecting anxiety. It really drained my energy level. However, mentally I was really strong and I’m proud of how my attitude shaped up. This training cycle I trained my mental game as hard as my mileage, and it worked on race day. My legs, heart and head were in the game, but my GI tract was not. Some things you cannot control on race day.

However, I did PR by over 14 minutes (4:04:09). And finished with a huge grin.

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25 thoughts on “Does this make me a bad person? (Plus a quick race report — new marathon PR!)

  1. Good for you!

    The gum doesn’t pass the do unto others as you’d have done to you test, but it is howl worthy. 😀 Sometimes it’s more about making the best of a difficult situation.

  2. Yay for the PR – and as I always say ‘an ugly PR is STILL a PR’! And 14 minutes is *killing*! So be happy for what you did – in spite of your stomach trying to sabotage you – the mental toughness displayed is a huge thing!

    And BOO on those people who are willing to be dangerous or seriously rude just to get ahead … they are everywhere and so little things you can do to mess with them are wonderful. 🙂 In general I always try to be patient and accommodating, but for these types of people if I can ‘help them’ slow down a bit, I figure I’m doing a service! 😉

    • It was a rather ugly PR, although it’s better that it wasn’t from a course being short or something. I’m still bugged by that 5k PR.

      And the dangerous drivers suck. I don’t understand why they don’t get that their actions makes the traffic problem worse. Sigh.

  3. I laughed out loud at what hubby did…lol. So if that makes you bad, then I am in good company!

    And hey – congrats on the new PB!!! That time is phenomenal! Sorry about the BQ missing, but you’re on track!
    (Look, I did my race yesterday, and it took me 4:52:30 to cross that NEVER ENDING RACE finish line…so you’re my hero, okay? May not mean much, but that’s all I have to give ya now…lol.)

    For some reason, nerves got me too. Wasted 7 minutes waiting in potty lines because I just couldn’t stop peeing. And I had next to nothing to drink before the race. Ugh.

    Great time for ya!! Congrats!!

    Paul

    • I think your time is fantastic! I respect people who can stay on their feet for that long — it’s a giant challenge! I swear, half of me wanting to get faster is so that I can be done sooner and sit down with a burger and fries.

      If you figure out the nerves thing, please share. At least I didn’t pee myself crossing the finish line this time…

  4. NOPE! That does NOT make you a bad person!! AT ALL! I deal with traffic waaayyy too often, and so my opinion is very strong, but people really just need to wait their turn!! Why do they think it’s ok that THEY get to go first?? When we’re ALL waiting?!?! I had about 15 people skip in line at an amusement park last year and I was furious!! You only get to ride so many rides in a few hours, you don’t need to extend the line!! I shoulda’ thrown gum at them…. lol

  5. Martha B says:

    F all them line cutters.
    And seriously, beautiful PR. For all the injury and adversity you’ve had in your training cycle, you should be pretty darn proud. Have a fantastic week. I’m proud of you!

  6. Congrats on your PR! That’s huge! Sorry about the GI issues. It’s frustrating when something like that sidetracks you, but sounds like you’ve got a great outlook on it and had a great race despite!

  7. Congrats on a great PR!!!! I know it’s not what you were hoping for, but it’s still a fantastic time, and you will get those GI issues figured out, I am sure! I get them as well, and it’s amazing how they sap you during a race.

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