Every once in a while (read MOST of the time) I make things much more difficult than they really are. I use every dish when I cook or bake. I figure out how to make instructions vastly complicated. And I tend to miss details so things seem harder as I only see the big picture.
With this in mind, I’m not surprised that I’ve been massively concerned about signing up for the Detroit Free Press marathon.
When I first checked the marathon registration, I saw you needed either your passport or an enhanced license. My passport is expired & I don’t have any type of enhancement on the ol’drivers certificate. Crazy enough, two years ago when I renewed said license, they told me it had been invalid for the 14 months. Umm… Excuse me? Isn’t this information someone should have told me?! Apparently not…
Anyway, I was stressing due to these lacks of identification. I looked at the passport renewal process & it seemed like it was going to take too long so I went for the license update. I finally got my buns to the DMV (or Secretary of State as its known in MI), yesterday.
Brief commentary: how is the DMV ALWAYS busy? There are several branches in Kzoo. Also, why are there ALWAYS strange people there? Yesterday a man started yelling inside how we all needed to pick if we wanted to go to heaven or hell & that Jesus was the only way. And no one really did anything – it’s like we expect it there.
Anyway, turns out you need a birth certificate or valid passport to get this type of license. Not sure why I would want an enhanced license if I already had a passport but whatever. I think DMV employees have to put up with enough abuse so I left without voicing my disappointment. I decided to just use my expired passport and sign up. The price increase is soon & I didn’t want to miss my shot at Detroit.
Wouldn’t you know it? Your passport or enhanced license number ISN’T REQUIRED! Haha, I’m such a goober. I’ve been worried about this for nothing; clearly I didn’t read this part very well. I signed up straight-away. I am so excited – another full here I come! I’ve heard such wonderful reviews of this race & it’s been on my list of “to-do” races. I’ve lived here in MI for almost 11 years so I basically qualify as a Michigander. So, I HAVE to do it!
I’ve found a few more races that are catching my fancy. I haven’t signed on the dotted line just yet but they are bookmarked! I talked to previous runners of said races & naturally they all garnered rave reviews. I love how much easier it is and what a wonderful idea all of these races sound right now. Then at 4 am (or earlier) when my alarm sounds come race day, I can’t figure out what I was thinking! Oh… life as a runner!