So this weekend, I had big dreams of crossing the marathon finish line with my cadet Andi at the City of Oaks Marathon as members of the #26Strong Team. Sometimes, things don’t go as planned. As you know, she’s recovering from a stress fracture and I’ve been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis. Neither were expected and both were pretty discouraging. Instead of looking at the negative though, I am still excited about heading to one of our favorite cities in the world and will be running the half instead of the full. Even though it’s not what I pictured, it’s still always exciting to run a race, especially in a new city. Andi is determined to run the half as well, but I honestly don’t want her to run to prevent further injury and to have a full recovery before she starts training for a full in the new year. I feel responsible for her injury and want her to get to 110% before she starts to run again.
With the work she put in towards the full, she is now even more determined to run a full! She is planning on running one next year, which I hope to run with her as well. She worked really hard while training and I am so proud of her, even though she has a hard decision to make. To know that we both won’t be starting the full together on Saturday is disappointing, to say the least.
It was also really hard for me to make the decision not to run the full because I felt like I was letting down the entire #26Strong Team. While they are all training, both my cadet and myself are trying our best to recover. Two years ago, I would have made myself start the full and pushed through it with little training because of the guilt I feel about not doing it. But this time, I know that my health is important and even though I feel bad, it’s no reason to push myself to run 26.2 miles. What is it proving? Nothing. Though I really wanted to run the full, my sights are obviously on Boston next April and I don’t want to do anything to injure my foot more.
I am changing my bib to the half at the Expo this weekend. I know it will be a great race for me because I’m so excited to be able to be back running again and feeling mostly injury free. I have been doing so much for my foot lately and am so thankful that I’m feeling almost 100% again.
This medal will definitely be bittersweet, but I’m more thankful than ever for running injury free.
After this weekend, I plan on taking a few more slow weeks getting back into the swing of things before I start training for Boston come January.