Friday, December 27, 2013

A Hard Decision

The last few days have been a nail biter. In fact, I don't think I have any nails left....ouch! I finally had to face reality about the next few weeks of my foot not being healed, still being in the walking bootie, and the looming runDisney Dopey Challenge! 

I've thought about all the scenarios in my head. Heck as of yesterday I was seriously considering walking all 48.6 miles. I even talked to my doctor's nurse about it (she thought I was crazy). But who am I kidding? My family was starting to get down right mad at me for even thinking I could still do Dopey. All I heard from them, the doctor, and the nurse was how I could seriously injure myself.  And I know they're all right. But I'm hard-headed, so it took me awhile to agree. And just like, I'm out on Dopey. 
Am I crushed? Absolutely. Did I cry? Of course. But I have to take care of myself and my body...it's the only one I've got! There's always next year for all 48.6 miles of pure runDisney bliss!

I'm still planning on doing the 5K and 10K. My mom and I will be doing the 10K together, so that's going to be awesome. And if we have to walk, we will. If I'm still in a boot, then so be it. I refuse to miss out on all the hype and fun of marathon weekend with everyone. I wouldn't miss it for the world! 

So I may not be Dopey anymore, and I'm now a little bit Grumpy. But once I get to Walt Disney World in a few weeks, I know I'll be Happy! 
Have you ever had to miss out on a big race? How did you deal with the disappointment? 

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  1. Good decision girl! I cannot imagine how tough it was (especially on the heels of missing your first attempt at 26.2) but I have to admit I'm in the same camp as your family. Get well! There will be more chances at Dopey. Hope to see you around marathon weekend. -Christine

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Christine! I hope to see you during marathon weekend. Best of luck to you and your mom on Dopey. You ladies are going to rock it!

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  2. I think you made the right choice! Take care of yourself so you can come back stronger!!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! I like the way you think. I will get stronger! :o)

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  3. I can only imagine how difficult this was for you! However, GOOD for you on doing what's best for you and your body. I will admit that injury was something I feared throughout training, but you have an amazing marathon experience to bask in! I hope to see you at some point!!!

    Megan (runningtowardtheprize.com)

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    1. Thanks Megan! I've always feared an injury and this came out of nowhere. Guess it was bound to happen. LOL Good luck on Dopey! I hope to see you during marathon weekend.

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  4. I have the sads for ya...I know it was VERY hard to get to that decision. YOU know what is best and you are using your head. You will still have a blast though of that I am certain. You can do the 2015 Full with me......it will be my first.

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    1. I'm SO excited for you Julie! 26.2 in 2015...you can count me in!! That will be my Dopey redemption! I know you're going to do great.

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  5. Sad to hear you can't participate but kudos for being smart about your health. It's better in the long run.

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    1. Thanks Justin! Seems like the smartest decision in running is the hardest one. Hope to see you around during marathon weekend. Good luck on Dopey!

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  6. I completely relate to you on this one. I missed running a marathon because of ITBand issues...I am also very stubborn and instead of dropping out completely, I ran the half marathon (which I shouldn't have done). I'm glad you made the right decision, even though it was a hard one. I will keep my fingers crossed that the 5K/10k go well! ((Hugs))

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    1. I'm right there with ya' Karen! Being stubborn is something I'm great at! That's why this decision was so hard. Thanks for your kind words!

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  7. I know this was a tough decision to make, and although its disappointing at this moment, its the right choice for the long run. Hope to still run into you during marathon weekend!

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    1. Thank you! As disappointing as it is, I know it's the best choice. Hope to see you around during marathon weekend!

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  8. I'm so sorry! It totally stinks but you have to take care of yourself so you can continue to run in the future!

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    1. Thanks Nicolasa! I appreciate your kind words!

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    1. Thank Molly! Virtual hugs go a long way in my book! <3

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  10. Big big hugs to you. I know that this wasn't an easy decision for you and that you might be rocking the Grumpy medal for a bit, but in the long run, I definitely think it's the right call. Heal, heal, heal. xo

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    1. Thanks Meridith! A Grumpy medal would be SO appropriate. LOL

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  11. This is the right choice Ashley. I know it's hard. I feel so bad for you. Hoping your foot heals. Best of luck in the 5k and 10k! Have fun and enjoy your trip.

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    1. Thanks Bonnie! I won't let it keep me down. I'm determined to run, walk, or crawl and enjoy the 5K and 10K.

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  12. I know that decision took a lot of courage! I applaud you and agree with your family, take care of you! I too missed out on my first 26.2. I dropped down to the Shamrock 1/2 in 2012 in hopes that I could at least complete that distance but had to pass on the entire race due to a lower back injury. I competed my first Full Marathon this past Nov. and had a wonderful time. So, although I was devasted in the beginning, everything wored out best in the end. I know it will for you as well. Thinking of you and hope to see you around the WDW Marathon weekend!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristina! I had no idea you missed out on your 26.2 too. It stinks when you have to listen to your body, but it's what's best. Hope to meet you during marathon weekend!

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  13. Sorry, that was suppose to say March of 2013 (this past March) not 2012!!

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  14. Sorry to hear, but a great decision in the long run. Before you know it, you will be back on your feet boot free!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! That's my goal...boot free and I hope to never wear it again!

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  15. Oh, I'm sorry to hear that! That's got to be so hard. But I'm glad you are taking care of yourself to run another day! Have a great time doing the 5 and 10k!

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  16. I think this falls under the category of really good, mature decisions and you will thank yourself for making it.

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  17. I'm so sorry - I know that this was a really hard decision for you, and it would have made me cry too! But the truth is, you are doing the best thing! I'm glad you'll still get to enjoy the runDisney magic with the 10K and hopefully 5K too!

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  18. I am sorry, after the fall season you have had this just flat out sucks. I am glad you did get your other marathon in. I would cry too, and rightfully so! I think it's admirable that you listened and put yourself first. That is very hard to do in a situation like this, and it's one I hope I never have to face. Not only have you had to do it once, now a second time. At least you can still enjoy the other races and be at WDW. I admire you for all you have done and accomplished so far, and never give up on your dreams. You will be dopey one day, as long as you want to be! Kudos to you for listening to your foot, and making a proper choice.

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    1. You're the BEST Maggie! I could come through the screen and hug you! Can't wait to finally meet you!!

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    2. How bout I come through your screen? It's probably warmer there! :) I can't wait to see you!

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  19. Smart decision! Being able to run for a longer lifetime, versus a short term goal is always a better outcome! I can't imagine how disappointed you are, but you have a lifetime of races, and even Dopey's to achieve once you're 100% and stronger! I've had to stop training for my two attempts at a marathon due to injuries. Heartbreaking each time. Stopping during a race is heartbreaking too - but at least you won't have a DNF to bring you down mentally! Chin up - you'll still have a magical time :)

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    1. Thanks Alicia! You're right about not wanting to have a DNF...I've never had one and I don't want to start. I'm looking forward to a lifetime of races. :o)

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  20. Oh, sweetheart I am so sorry for you and I feel your pain. I had to bow out of MCM. You are doing the right thing by listening to your body and letting yourself heal. ((hugs))

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    1. Thanks Adriana! It's definitely a bummer and can't imagine how you felt about MCM. Hopefully you're healing well and on your way to a comeback!

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  21. I'm so sorry! But big props to you on listening to your body!!! Have fun with the 5k and 10k! You'll have a blast with your mom!!

    (I am being not smart and hoping my injury heels before the marathon!!)

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