Following the death of my niece in October, in a distracted-driving accident, I felt I needed to do something to raise awareness of the deadly potential of that activity, from driving while texting, eating, putting on makeup, and changing the radio station...and decided to hit the marathon road again, big time. However, after a very busy holiday season with lots of extra shifts at work, mostly in the early, early morning, that severely altered my training for the first run, the Redding Marathon in January, I have determined I am not ready to go the distance well next month. So, I'm pulling out of that one. When I ran twelve marathons in twelve months in 2008-09 I had a job with seven weeks paid vacation, so when I was jetting all over the place I wasn't losing any money. That is not the case any more. A sober look at my current situation, job-wise and financially, indicates doing a marathon a month throughout 2013 will be a major strain on our budget, so I'm revamping the schedule. My first thought is to cut back to Oakland, in March, Belfast, in May, Santa Rosa, in August, Bellingham Bay, in September. and Portland, in October. Cutting down overall should make a ten-day trip to Ireland doable. I am sad that I won't be watching the sun come up over the Shasta Dam on 20 January...and that I will miss that opportunity to possibly speak to some people about distracted driving and Amy's horrible accident. But the extra time will allow me to hone the message...as well as be better prepared for the races I will be running. Happy New Year, all. Gotta run!