Carole Jean and Kathy at the finish line in 2017



I’m known as a woman of my word. If anything, I have a problem NOT honoring my commitments. Sometimes you have to look at the Big Picture and make a choice, which changes your path and may affect a prior commitment. 

There, I said it! Okay, folks, I’m confessing – I did NOT run the Wharf-to-Wharf 10K race this year. I did not make this decision lightly. but in retrospect, it was the right thing to do.

 And why not? you may ask.

I forgot to train. Well, I didn’t exactly forget, but I was busy celebrating Zero Birthdays. So many cherished friends are having them. And you know me – in for a penny, in for a pound!

Champagne! Cake! Lobster! More champagne!

We’ve been nothing short of glutenous and loving every morsel. Been packing on the pounds with NO regrets!

My running partner, Kathy, has been attending to family issues that take priority over the two of us romping through Nisene Marks Park, a gorgeous redwood forest, or jogging through the beach paths of the quaint seaside village of Capitola.

As the weeks went by, I got lazier and lazier. I pushed myself out the door a few times only to find myself out of breath and struggling within mere minutes. It was time to be honest with myself. How embarrassing it would be to push myself by sheer determination only to collapse on the course and be publicly humiliated being take off by stretcher.

The day before the race, I checked in with Kathy. 

“Hey, Carole Jean, my daughter and her husband came down from the city. They want to run the Wharf to Wharf but they didn’t register in time.”

It took less than a nano-second for me to respond, “Let’s give them our numbers!”


Whew! What a relief.

Kathy and I vowed to train for next year’s race. We have a lot to live up to since the thirty-somethings that ran in our place got really good times. Okay, they are not in the league with the Kenyans who complete the six-mile course in less than twenty-eight minutes, which is a four-minute and change mile.

Oh, but wait – some of my friends have Zero Birthdays coming up. I’m gonna have to prioritize!


3 thoughts on “Priorities

  1. Well good for you for the intention. Last time I ran the Wharf to Wharf, I was exhausted for 4-months! It became clear, that was my last race (4-years ago).


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