Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Race that Never Was

A couple months ago, I registered for the Inaugural Lake Effect Half Marathon. I figured it would be a good way to keep me motivated through the winter. When I don't have a big race to prepare for, I tend to lose my focus, so this was a perfect race at the perfect time.

Problem is, I was also suffering with some foot pain. I decided I could run through it and treat it myself without going to a doctor. I was wrong.

About a month ago, I went to the podiatrist that works with my family doctor...he's the same one I went to for my stress fracture about a year ago. He agreed with my self diagnosis of plantar faciitis. He prescribed me physical therapy which I started a few days later.

I told the PT that I was registered for the half marathon and would LIKE to run it, but my heart wasn't set on it. The good thing was the race was local and was fairly inexpensive (only $35) so it's not like I had a lot financially invested in it. He told me if I wanted to run it, that he could get me taped up and I would be at 90%. I said I would think about it.

Knowing me, if there's a stop watch and a finish line involved, I will continue until the finish line is crossed regardless of how bad I'm feeling. On the other hand, if I'm just out for a training run and I'm feeling like crap, I will stop if I'm not feeling right. Coach Kelly said we could use the race as a training run and do it as a walk/run. I did consider it, but decided to bag the race knowing that I could make my foot worse. With the 70.3 only 4 months away, I knew I didn't need to make things worse.

Yesterday I picked up my packet with my bib and running gloves which were given to the runners instead of a shirt. Note to the race director, the gloves are nice...for my husband. They are way too big and I can't wear them. Next year, please get shirts where people can choose their size and aren't stuck with something that is one size fits, one size fits SOME!

I have to say, the bibs are beautiful. A little small, but they rock. I love that we could personalize them with whatever we wanted it we registered before the early deadline.

Up until the time I picked up my packet, I really wasn't too upset about missing the race. Once I picked it up, that's when I started getting sad. At the check in table, they had a lot of shirts and stickers for sale and I wanted to shop, but since I wasn't running, I took my bag and got out of there as quickly as possible. A sinking feeling hit my stomach knowing I wouldn't be out there competing.

Today's weather was probably some of the worst this winter. We've been pretty lucky with one of the mildest winters on record. But this morning, the Lake Effect Half Marathon earned its name. Yeah it would have been nice running it unseasonably warm weather, but I was especially bummed I couldn't run in the snow. Mary M and I ran in plenty of snow storms last winter, so this would have been a piece of cake. Believe it or not, I was more bummed about not running because of the heavy snow.

Seeing Facebook posts from friends who ran also made it tough. Don't get me wrong, I love that they ran and did great, but I really wanted to be one of those people making the post-race posts. But, if I have to give up a post-race post, I will give up this one over the Syracuse 70.3 post-race post. I have to keep that big picture in mind and move on.

So, that's about it for my pouting. I will move on, get my foot healthy, and get ready for bigger and better things. And I will put this race on my calendar for 2013 because it looks really cool...and hopefully next February it will snow, I will run, and I will conquer 13.1!

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