Sticktoitiveness…I wasn’t even sure if it was a real word, but it seemed to describe the drive I needed stick with my training plan today. According to dictionary.com, stick-to-itiveness is defined as dogged perseverance or resolute tenacity….. It was a very long Monday, and they’ve added these random cases to my already extremely large caseload at work. But anytime, I get frustrated, I just say “thank you God for my job.” All day, I told myself, as soon as I get home I’m going to the park, getting in my quick run, and coming home to relax. As soon as I got home, I was about to put on my work out gear, and my little sister called. She said, “Hey are you going with us to sing Happy Birthday to our great Aunt?” Probably not, I reluctantly told her I had to stick to my training plan. Then she laid the guilt trip on me. “This is your oldest living relative on your Dad’s maternal side, she may not have another birthday next year, how would you feel if you missed this opportunity?” Ugh, she’s such a drama queen, but she had a good point and the birthday aunt is my Shopping Cousin’s mother, so I knew she would want me there too. I told my sister, you better go to the gym with me, because you know it’ll be too dark to run alone outside….. Mom, Dad, both sisters, my niecy poo, and couple other cousins, gathered in my Aunt’s house, sang happy birthday, and enjoyed a delicious lemon filled birthday cake. My Shopping Cousin jokingly said “you gonna put that cake on the blog?” I told her yep, and the gym workout that’s happening, when I leave from here….. It was almost 9 at night, before me and my little sister finally made it to the gym. She joined me on the indoor track. When I started running, she ran with me, and then she asked, “Wait, a minute, what week are you on???” She was worried, because I told her I was training for a half marathon. I told her, it’s just week 2, and she was relieved like “oh okay, because I’m not running 13.1 miles.” She did great, and finished all of the interval runs with me. So now you know even though life throws “surprise” birthday gatherings, with a little sticktoitiveness you can still keep up with your running goals.