This morning I woke up to snow…if you know me at all, you will know I HATE cold weather. So this morning was a huge disappointment! When I was taking B to school this morning we were talking about the coldest weather we ever ran in, mine was 13° F degrees, B said about 25° degrees. Brr!
So I stated in yesterdays post that I had some announcement. Well here it goes, I have deferred my race entry to the Walt Disney World.
There, I said it. I can breath now!
So this has been a decision that has been coming for some time now. I decided about 2 weeks ago that I would defer. I didn’t want to announce anything though because I was scarred that something in those 2 weeks might change in me.
The decision comes from many thingsI have been experiencing lately…
1. The pains in my knee are pretty intense I have an appointment with a sport medicine doctor next week. I know its not my shoes, I think it is just from pounding the pavement for such a long time! I realize other people run for years and years, but my body just needs a break for a bit.
2. I have a nasty bruise on the inside of my ankle. People keep telling me it looks like a potential stress fracture, it feels like one! So basically my lower body is a mess and it just hurts!
3. This is one of the biggest reasons… I am burnt out. I have been “training” for something sense last May. I love races, but always training has really put me in a mood of not wanting to train for anything. Mentally, I am just not there. I pump myself up, give myself pep-talks, but it is just not happening. When I tell myself, “Time for a 7 mile run” My brain goes, “Why do we have to do this, it is no longer fun!” I have been running sense I was 17 (7 years), and I am just burnt out!!
4. I took the whole month of July off from running. I thought this would help mentally but it just hurt me more I think. It made me see that I don’t really need running to stay in shape, swimming, biking, walking and weight training can keep me in the shape I like to be in. When I ran my first 1/2 in 2010, about 2 weeks before the race I had a pretty bad injury, I still ran the race however (read:stupid). After that race I decided that I would take time to heal, I healed for about 3 months and jumped back into running with a vengeance. This is hopefully what will happen to me this time as well.
B will still be running the race however and I am so excited for him!! He is going to do amazing and I can’t wait to cheer him on for his first full!!
Have you ever deferred a race?
Have you had snow where you live yet?