Big Girls Don’t Cry

But I want to.

After doing everything possible to eliminate the bruising and stretch my leg back into shape, I decided to pull out of the 30K Around the Bay race this weekend.

This morning, one of my co-workers asked if I was upset about this. “Of course I am,” I replied, “but I can suck it up.”

Really, this was one of the toughest decisions that I’ve had to make as a runner, but I spent all week preparing myself to make it. After running last night and feeling my ankle after 6 miles, I realized that I need more than another 3 days to recover enough to run 30K. I need to go into the race knowing that I can run the distance, not wondering if I can run the distance.

Instead, I’m keeping my eye on the big prize: The Goodlife Marathon, 7 weeks away. It’s still in sight. Around the Bay is simply a training run; I can skip a training run.

Who knows? Perhaps a bit more time off will give me enough of a break that I can push myself a little harder for the rest of my training. Things happen for a reason, right?

And forward we go…..

8 Replies to “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

  1. Major bummer, but it's good to listen to your body. I'm probably going to pull the plug on the Martian Half next weekend, unless I can get running again in the next couple of days. I was really looking forward to this race. Oh well. Even if I do end up running it, I doubt I'll be “racing” it.

  2. I know it is maddening to pull out from a race as I did for what would have been my 4th Boston but you are making the right decision. Heal and get strong for the Goodlife.

  3. That sucks. I don't know if I actually believe that things happen for a reason. What I do believe is that we can find meaning and learn from anything, if we choose to.

    It's hard right now, but you'll go into that marathon strong! Better then getting seriously injured and sidelined now.

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