Every Runner’s Nightmare: Let’s Talk About The ‘D’ Word

October and November were rough months.  Just as I got over my October cold I was hit with a horrible case of bronchitis.  I was completely incapacitated for a few days and then it took an additional week and a half for my cough to die down enough before I could run again.

My first run back brought me to the realization that I had missed too many very important long runs.  After many days without running those 4 miles felt like a 10 mile run.  It was brutal and my lungs burned.  In fact, weeks later and my lungs are still feeling the pain.

In the wake of my illness we were also met with a variety of unexpected financial burdens and just before Thanksgiving I came to the saddened realization that I might be facing my first race deferral.

The “D” word that every runner dreads.

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I just couldn’t fathom scraping close to $2K together for the trip to Disney to run in a marathon that I now felt I would be undertrained for.  It was a very tough realization to accept, but this week’s happenings have made the blow a little less harsh.  We were faced with yet another jab to the gut.  This past Monday we hit a deer and it did substantial damage to our vehicle.  This means we’re hemorrhaging money right now and had I bought plane tickets a couple of weeks ago we would be facing the same rough decision to cancel the trip.

I was excited to see that RunDisney does offer a deferral option, but bummed to see that a fee would be involved.  I would have to pay an additional $75 just so I could race again next year?!  Talk about frustration!  It would be nice if Disney allowed for bib transfers, but nope!  What’s worse is that I was fully ready to pay the deferral fee until today when I hopped on over to their website to find that the deferral slots had already been filled.

It looks like my big “D” is no longer going to be a deferral, but rather a DNS (did not start).  Talk about devastation!  Months of training down the drain.

Yet, I remain optimistic.  I WILL run another marathon in 2015!  I will even try to sign up for a few spring halfs to keep myself on track.  It’s not always an easy journey as an athlete, but it will be worth it in the long run. My training isn’t for nothing, it’s made me stronger and faster and increased my endurance.  In the end it’s not the race the makes me a runner, it’s my ability to run despite the races (or lack thereof).

Sickness and the Bitter Cold

I’ve been MIA on here for the past month and that’s mostly because my running has slacked.  I logged a meager 13.1 miles last month.  I was a tad burnt out with running post marathon, but I definitely didn’t imagine myself taking such a long break.  It was not my intention AT ALL.

Post Disney I did get back out there right away and tried my best to stay on track, but then I got sick.  I had a horrible upper respiratory infection and didn’t do much of anything physical for a week.  It worked out fairly well because it was ridiculously cold out here and no one wants to run in that.

After a week of feeling miserable I was on the upswing.  I took a few extra days to feel well and then decided to give it a go.  The weather had warmed a touch and the sun was shining.  It was a great day to put in an easy 3 miler. I felt like I was ready to get back on track with my 3-4 runs per week.  NOPE. My body had other things in mind.

I woke up the next day feeling quite miserable and just like that I was sick again.  This time I didn’t do any running or major cardio for a full week and a half.  By the time I felt fully recovered it felt like a month had passed.  Back to back sicknesses are the worst!

I’m finally back on track though!  I’ve only put in 7.7 miles so far this month, but the numbers will start to climb before the week is up.  I’m even contemplating braving another half marathon on April 6th.  It might be a little bit much, but I think I still have enough of my training endurance left from the marathon so I think I should be able to handle it.  It won’t be a PR race or anything, but it’ll be something to help get me back into the spirit of running.  I do also have the option of a 10K if I find the task too extreme.  I’ll see how I feel in a few weeks.

Race Recap: 5K Turkey Trot 11/28/13

I was so close to skipping this run all together, but am so glad I did it.  The weather was brutal in Upstate NY (we’re talking snot freezing, numb toes, and hypothermia weather) and I was not liking the idea of subjecting myself to the elements.

However, my best friend texted me that morning to let me know she was on her way to get me.  There was no turning back–it was time to bundle up and run this thing as fast as I could.  The saving grace was that at the end of it all I would be rewarded with wine, turkey and a Thanksgiving feast.

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The first mile felt pretty good (aside from the cold) and I felt like I could push through this race with a sub 10 pace, but then mile 2 hit.  Mile 2 was horrible for so many reasons. My pace went from sub 10 to 11:43/mile.

1) I lost feeling in my fingers and my toes.

2) The roads were slick and icy.

3) It was uphill.

4) There were gusts of wind that burned me with windchill and nearly swept me off my feet.

I’d seriously never felt so cold in my life!  The wind was crazy and I couldn’t believe how strong the gusts were.  I never knew that I could be blown off my feet, but there were times I had to catch myself because the wind was THAT strong.

Mile 3 was SO much better.  The course switch to flatter lands and the trees helped block the wind.  The remainder of the course was also on a decline so I finished off mile 3 strong with a 9:16 pace.  I was so ready to finish and figured that the faster I went the sooner I’d be inside sipping hot cocoa and eating a cider donut.

The race, wasn’t too crazy and we were required to track our own times at the finish.  My finish time was 32:17 (runkeeper said 32:15 for 3.17 miles) and I think I placed 186 out of who knows how many. Screen shot 2013-12-03 at 10.50.06 AM

Once I finished I ran back to finish with friend–I didn’t want her to feel like I had completely abandoned her.  Overall, it was a fun race and one I might consider doing it every year that I am up for the holiday.