This post is going to serve as a recap of what has been going on here lately that I haven’t had the time, desire, or content to put into a stand alone post. Your ADD shall be happy.
First, for several weeks I posted about studying for the GRE and applying to grad school, and then the posts abruptly stopped. I did not give up on my goal of going back to school, but rather was waiting for all of my registration materials to be submitted and official acceptance to come to pass. And I am happy to say as of last Tuesday, I was accepted into the MPA program at the University of Memphis, with classes beginning in August. I was advised on Tuesday, so I am now officially registered for a full time class load in the fall. Add this to my full time job and marathon training, and I will be quite a busy person this fall!
I wrote my Warrior Dash recap immediately following the race, but I now have an update for that post (the entire post can be read here). I caved in and decided to buy a race photo from the event. I usually don’t buy race photos because Susan does a fantastic job of capturing them for me and most of the finish line photos are muddled with several other runners. But this is a photo that she could not take, so I shilled out my hard earned cash for one. This may be my favorite race photo of all time. It is all over my social media sites right now.
On Wednesday, I registered for the St. Jude Half Marathon for the third consecutive year! This year, however, it was not the easiest of races to register for. First off, there is a severe lack of distance or specialty races in the Memphis area, so this race always garners several participants. Second, this year registration was opened early for participants willing to be a St. Jude Hero, which is a fundraiser for St. Jude. You had to commit to raise $500, $1,000, or $2,500 to participate. You could wait until June 1 to register for the race without the fundraising requirement, but St. Jude has been posting for months that they anticipate the race being sold out by then. That may just be posturing, but being that this is the premier running event in Memphis, most people, including me, did not want to risk it. So at 8:00 am I tried to register and the first two of four pages went smoothly. The third page took about five minutes to submit, but I honestly was expecting some wait time with the high volume of requests. The real problem hit with the final page, the payment page. I put in all of my info and hit submit and waited. And waited. And waited. The page sat there, processing for nearly 25 minutes before timing out! So I check Facebook and apparently no one has been able to register for the event all morning. The excuse was that there was a greater volume of registrations than expected. This race sold out very quickly last year, even if it wasn’t the Marine Corps Marathon sell out numbers, and with the added emphasis out on this year’s race, I expected a little better planning. They post a number to call and this revealed the third problem. St. Jude switched from using active.com to raceit.com, and they are not equipped to handle these issues. Race It was not expecting the volume of registrations that they got and their site crashed. I have no clue who is to blame for that, but it happened. I ended up calling four times before I was able to talk to somebody. The first three times I got a message stating that no one was there to take my call. Once I finally reached a person, Phil, he was very helpful and finished my registration. The first three pages of the registration had submitted properly, but the problem was with the payment page. Phil took my info and I was good to go. I was assured that my first payment attempt would not be processed and I was registered for the race. Then yesterday I looked at my bank account, and sure enough, there was two St. Jude race payments debited from my account! Of course I called, got the requisite apologies, and was assured that a refund was being processed. As of this morning, that has not happened, but we shall see. Also, my heroes page is not up yet,l but with all of the other issues that they have had, I will not hold my breath for them meeting the 24-48 hour pledge (we are currently sitting at roughly hour 50). For first time St. Jude racers, I could see this leaving a bad taste in their mouths.
The Memphis Grizzlies are one win away from moving on to the second round of the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history! And I will be there tonight to hopefully witness this happen. The Forum and all of downtown Memphis will be electric tonight, especially since music fest, the Redbirds (weather permitting), and the Grizzlies are all going on downtown this evening. I can’t wait to get to the Grindhouse tonight!
Tomorrow I will be running a nerdy virtual 5K called May the Fourth Be With You 5K. Yes, that means it is a Star Wars themed event. I will post the pic of the medal and bib tomorrow, hopefully.
And don’t forget that registration for the Platinum Sombrero Virtual 5K is still ongoing! There will be giveaways from KT Tape, RoadID, the Flip Belt, Spriggs, SPI Belt, Fuel Belt, Bulu Box, Lock Laces, Pro Compression, Sweaty Bands, BIC Bands, Balega socks, a Running on the Wall medal display, and swag from several MLB teams! Plus, 100% of the proceeds is going directly to St. Jude! Register today!