Sunday, April 11, 2010

I love packages

Some people** say that the best things come in small packages. I disagree. They come in big packages - shaped like Ferraris...or possibly flat screen TVs. So, you can imagine my excitement when my wife told me that I had a huge package waiting for me to open when I got home.

So, on Thursday when I got home from the airport, this package ball was waiting for me to open. Of course, I immediately dropped everything that I was carrying and tore into it like Perez Hilton tearing into Lidsay Lohan. Fortunately, my wife was at a safe distance so she wasn't injured in the proceedings. Just like you don't get between a dog and it's food - you don't get between me and a package with my name on it. Christmas is a very dangerous time.


When I opened it, I found a checked race bag! I immediately did a mental full body scan to determine if I had just ran a race and forgot about it. I'm usually a bit strange in the head after I finish so I may have just forgot. But, once I realized that I was still in my work clothes and instead of a layer of sweat salt on my face I instead had a layer of airport travel grime (mostly germs) I knew that it must have been my bag check from RnR Mardi Gras!



When I finished the race, I decided that it wasn't worth the 1/2 mile walk to bag check to pick up my throw away hoodie. Luckily the Competitor group had my back. They actually spent $4 to send me back my bag. Awesome. The Competitor group gets a lot of heat for being a for-profit marathon organizing enterprise, but this certainly got them points in my book.

I certainly didn't expect to ever see my back check again and to be honest I was OK with that. However, the fact that someone not only spent the time to figure out what my address was, but also paid the postage to mail it*** really speaks volumes about how they take care of their runners. Now, if I could just figure out how to get them to follow me around when I lose my keys....



**Like me in the shower
***what is a stamp now? $1.50?

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I did 5 miles of run/bike with my wife at a 8:01 pace.....and it felt like I hadn't ran in 5 weeks. I really struggled to keep the pace where I wanted it, but I suppose once I get my running legs back under me I'll do just fine. I'm going to sit down this afternoon and try to hammer out a plan to get me from today to RnR San Diego and RnR Seattle. Hooray!

10 comments:

Jill said...

I don't know, large packages could mean someone's dirty laundry....or a large wad of cash. Small packages could be diamonds ... or a small wad of cash. Hum... Either way, I'm sure it totally brightened your day to get the ole sweatshirt back!! :). I once left my cell phone and camera in my check sweatbag - what a nightmare that turned into. Live and learn I guess...eventually I did get them back (it rained the entire marathon and the little sticky with your name printed on it it all wore off. On all 7000 runners. That was fun!).

Pat said...

Competitor keeps a file on you. They know if you've run only one of their races or if you've run a race for the past five years.

Kudos to them for knowing how to keep runners coming back year after year.

Erin said...

Good for them, next time tell them you'd rather have them spend the $4 on a real beer and not an MGD64 at the finish...

(My general lack of maturity shows when I giggle a little at the title of this post. Don't mind me! :)

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I agree about your large packages theory. You could even put something small in a large package...so...who ever made up the small comment was probably trying to trick a young child.

That's awesome that you were able to go on a 5 miler. And that's hilarious/awesome they sent you your jacket!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

I agree with you about your large packages theory.Who ever made up the small packages comment was probably trying to trick a young child.

That's awesome that you were able to go on a 5 mile run. And hilarious/awesome that the race committee mailed you your jacket!

Glenn Jones said...

That is very cool! I wonder how much money they spend sendin stuff to people after each race? Can't be cheap.

Thanks for all of your supportive comments over the weekend. Normally I use some of those tactics (scheduling a race, etc.), but this time none of that sounds appealing. I'm trying to light a fire with wet kindling. Things are looking up though....

Jamoosh said...

I can only echo Erin's comment.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

I love packages of any size, but the one with a car or TV are a plus. I am very astonished that they sent back your hoodie, as I thought that stuff all got donated to some group or something.

Nat said...

For a minute, I was thinking they mailed you someone else's clothes. Now that would be interesting...

The Laminator said...

That's amazing! Kudos to Competitor for doing that. That's $4 well spent!