It’s official: I am running a 5K.
I signed up just now, and let me tell you–it was cool. And not because I feel proud that I’m making a commitment to my body by turning running into Robitussin (I call it Aerobic-tussin.), something I hate but understand I should do for health reasons. No, it’s because I had a little fun completing the long application, beginning with my personal information.
Usually, when you register for an account online, “title” is a required field, one with that pesky red asterisk preventing you from tabbing on through to the “Next” button. And usually, you only have a handful of choices: Mr.; Mrs.; Ms.; sometimes Mr. and Mrs.; and occasionally, Dr. But the Swedish run web site spares no expense, giving you a selection of titles, 48 total, that includes Admiral, Commissioner, Lama and something called “Rear Admiral.” (I won’t speculate.)
It was a tough choice, yet ultimately, I settled on Admiral–and only because I thought Lama would be too unbelievable with a good Irish-American name like Brian McGuigan attached to it.
The rest of the application was your standard stuff, except for the question about whether or not I was an ovarian cancer survivor. (Because you get a free t-shirt, I was tempted to click “Yes,” even though, you know, it’s impossible for me to get ovarian cancer. But then that whole conscience thing took over, and I decided pretending to be a veteran was bad enough. Pretending to be an ovarian cancer-surviving veteran just for a free tee would pretty much guarantee me a seat at Satan’s dinner table in hell. Plus, I have a family member who recently beat cancer of the lady privates, and I had her in mind when Steve and I were deciding which 5K to do.)
Anyway, back to the application: it’s quick and easy. So if you’d like to join me and Steve, who will be wearing a weight vest to weigh as much as I do, in the Swedish run, you can register online here. Steve and I would love to have you run with us. And remember: this Aerobic-tussin is for two good causes–ovarian cancer and your body.
Now open wide…