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Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

such is life... Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 12:52 pm 

Well, the wife and I have been trying to not cop to it, but it looks as though we won't be making the 1/2 marathon in western Ireland we'd been planning. Our 13 year old cat needed major surgery, and we dumped a sh*tload on saving his little life (he's doing *great*, BTW), but it set us back too much to afford the trip. We'll only lose our entry fee as we hadn't booked any rooms or plane fares as of yet.

Since I'm so deep into my training and my times have improved immensely, I'm going to hit some local 10ks and possibly a trail race here and there so as not to waste it!

Just FYI...


Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: such is life... Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 1:32 pm 

sorry to hear about that, but glad the pet's okay. on the bright side like you said you can do some local races still, perhaps refocus and parlay this training into a fall marathon...

OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: such is life... Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 2:19 pm 

Bummer! One of our cats has had to have both orthopedic surgury to pin a leg back together after having been shot by some mystery person's 22, and a tooth extracted after he broke it in half somehow and it got infected. I've told him that when he hits $1,000 in vet bills he's out of luck, but he seemed unimpressed...not realizing just how close he's come to that figure on a cumulative basis.

Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: such is life... Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:19 pm 

Yeah, our little guy had an aggressive form of cancer and actually had to have a front leg amputated (!). Several vets recommended it and said he'd learn to adjust (which he truly has, incredibly fast) and the results say that it's probably completely gone, so we bought a couple of extra years with him.

They hold the race every spring in Ireland, so hey, there's always next year. Meanwhile, we'll explore more local competitions, maybe even take a short trip somewhere in the Pacific NW instead where awesome trails abound!

Oldman, I'm not surprised your cat was unimpressed by your threat because, hey, aren't they all unimpressed most of the time?


OldManRunner
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Rochester, NY
Joined: 28 Nov 2004
Posts: 262

Re: such is life... Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 4:54 pm 

No question about it...I don't get no respect! By the way, my other cat's 18 and, although deaf and a bit senile, is still going strong, so you may have bought more years than just a couple.

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: such is life... Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:54 pm 

Rats, sorry to hear that. I'm glad your cat's OK though! I'm also no stranger to large vet bills for cats. I don't know why I do it, since they're pretty obnoxious most of the time anyway. Maybe I should get fish instead.

There must be another half marathon in southern california within a few weeks of the one you'd planned for. Maybe you can shoot for that instead?


Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: such is life... Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:18 pm 

That's what we're thinking: We're coming up upon race season in Socal, so if we don't make it overseas, I imagine there'll be quite a few options here.

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