I have to admit, I’m feeling a little anxious writing this post.
Mostly because I’ve decided not to run the Chicago Marathon and it feels bizarre to say that.
Of course, I’m still planning to run a marathon this season. All of this summer training is NOT going to waste.
Instead of running Chicago I’m going to run the Miami Marathon.
The reason why I’m making the switch is pretty simple: the closing date for my townhouse is just a few days after Chicago. I’ve known the closing date since I signed the contract, and ever since then I’ve been going back-and-forth on what to do.
There are SO MANY reasons why I want to run Chicago. If you’ve been reading this blog for at least a year you know why, but right now flying to Chicago is a big stressor in my life. I don’t know if you know this about me but I do NOT deal with stress well.
I’m not dealing with stress well right now.
You want honesty? I sort of don’t see an end in sight.
Sure, I will hopefully get a final approval on the mortgage early this week. That will reduce some of the stress, but then there is packing, painting, remodeling, moving, buying more furniture… oh and did I mention paying rent on the place we currently live at while simultaneously paying our mortgage for a couple of months? Our budget can handle it, but it’s still A LOT of money to spend on housing in a short period of time. That’s another reason why flying to Chicago and paying inflated hotel prices isn’t a great idea.
In the last week alone I’ve spent $1,300 on mortgage expenses between the appraisal, survey and inspection.
Then over the weekend I took my car in for routine maintenance and it cost me $1,000 :(.
You know I enjoy shopping a lot, but I’m also a pretty financially responsible person. I’m used to saving and right now I’m about to do a whole lot of spending. It’s making me anxious.
I’m grateful to have the money to afford all these things, but I’m also stressed in a way that I haven’t been … maybe ever.
On the bright side, I am excited about running the Miami Marathon. After having run the Miami Half the last two years, I feel comfortable with the course and I think it’ll be cool to do a full marathon here in South Florida. Plus the weather in Miami the last two years has been great on race day — well actually, it’s been downright cold. If we have another day like that it’ll be fantastic for running the full.
Whenever I’m going through times that feel stressful I always remind myself of this one quote: “If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
In the end I know everything will end up great!
By the time the Miami Marathon rolls around I will be stress free! That sounds good to me!
How was your weekend?