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A Road Race First

Posted Feb 04 2013 7:00am

I set out for a  low-key weekend, and that is exactly what I got – unfortunately, not in the best of ways. Friday morning when I woke up, I felt a bit sluggish and throughout the day, it continually got worse. By around 6pm, I had a full fledged fever.

So not only did this mean I was going to be forced to lay low all weekend long, but it also meant I would be earning something totally new in the world of road racing…

DNS

Yep, I have been racing for over 10 years, and this is the very first time that I have ever had to pull out of a race. I waited until the last minute Friday night to make the decision. I knew that to get better, running a half marathon was not going to help. I really, really wanted to do the Best Damn Race, but I had to be smart with this. I put myself in some of my coaching client’s shoes and knew that if they came to be for advice in this situation, I would immediately tell them not to run. That their health was far more important than running 13.1 miles. Which is completely true.

A small word advice – if you ever pull out of a race, stay off of Facebook the morning after. It looked like everyone had an amazing time! I had at least 15 different friends running the race, and most runners ended up with PR’s or a really awesome showing! I was totally jealous at all of the success everyone had!

I did get out for a nice 5 mile run on Sunday to try and get a good sweat going, but other than that, I slept a lot and just layed low. I guess my body was trying to tell me something. Which, unfortunately, pushed my marathon training back about a week (it was already behind a week anyhow – woops!). but oh well, it all happens for a reason. And I was able to get some extra snuggles from this little lady…

Winnie

My favorite commercial for the Super Bowl was taken of course by those adorable Clydesdales. I did think the Dodge one was pretty great, but those Clydesdales steal my heart every time!

 Have you ever made the decision to pull out of a race last minute? What was your favorite Superbowl commercial?

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