I’m getting a lot of them this year. First and most importantly, I get to wake up on my birthday (Jan 21) and there will be a new President. Second, “Lost” starts that day. I know there is something else significant happening too, but I can’t remember what it is (so it actually must not be that significant). Anyway, I’ve also decided to run a 1/2 marathon…or two. First, I’m going to do the Tacoma City Marathon in May. It’s exactly 17 weeks from tomorrow…which is the length of the training program that I’m going to do. I also discovered that the Rock and Roll marathon is coming to Seattle this year! YAY! So, I think I’ll do that one in June as well. I’m going to sign up and pay for both of them on my birthday….sort of a present to myself — and an incentive to keep training. I don’t particularly like running, but I am the sort of person who gives things 100% when she sets her mind to it. I ran the Honolulu Marathon in 2002, so I know I can do it. It just feels good to have a plan. May will be here before we know it.