Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It's Marathon Week!

Wow.  The Chicago Marathon is just 5 days away!  I am aching to run it.  I want it so bad.  For some whacky reason I feel like I might just get out there and run it.  I know, I know -- this may be called denial, but miracles happen right?  I got a massage last night and the thereapist/acupuncturist worked on my laterial tibialis (??) and calf and it feels shockingly good today, for the first time in 4 weeks!  I am even thinking about getting some acupuncture tomorrow in hopes of pain relief and reduction in inflammation.  Cross your fingers! I know you're probably rolling your eyes thinking I am completely nuts to believe I might run 26.2 miles after being sidelined and in pain for the last month or so.  Well, I am nuts. That's no secret.

Update:  I got in for an acupuncture appointment tomorrow with a highly recommended acupuncturist.  I feel even more positive now!

Chicago is such a fun race to run.  Back in 2009, right before Ang and I moved to San Diego, she ran the Chicago Marathon for the 2nd time.  I met her at  mile13.1 and ran the whole rest of the way with her, even running through the finish line (whoops!).  I smiled the entire way.  It was such a blast!  In those moments I couldn't wait to run the entire race myself.  I have been looking forward to this marathon for so long.  I have pined for it and dreamt of it and now it may not even happen for me. 

Everyone keeps telling me, "there will be another year", but that doesn't take away from the disappointment right now. 

To make things slightly better I received my paper confirmation of acceptance into the Boston Marathon via snail mail yesterday.  It reminded me to focus on what I can do rather than what I can't.  But something deep inside of me still has hope for Sunday.

I need your positive thoughts and prayers (if you believe in that) for my leg.  How silly to ask for prayers for my leg when so much of the world is war-torn and/or suffering from famine.  I realize that, but I also believe in the power of positive thinking.  I also know that you understand the desire to run a race you've trained for.  We've all been here. 

No matter what the outcome, I will be meeting up with some fellow bloggers like Rachel and Britt in Chicago.  We are meeting at one of my favorite Starbucks in Chicago right in Old Town.  I have so many memories of North Avenue and that area of the city.  I can't wait to meet these girls.  They are all amazing in their own right.  Whether I run or not, I will be cheering everyone on.  Angela is going to do great at this race, I just know it, and I can't wait to see her cross the finish line (for the third time in Chicago). 

Thanks for all of your kind words the last few weeks and for putting up with my whining.  I have the best readers in the blogosphere!  :)

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49 comments:

  1. I ran Chicago last year. I LOVED every minute of it, even though I failed miserably. Good luck to Ang and everyone else. So sorry you may not be able to run it (although I have a feeling you will try) :o)

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  2. I definitely think you will be starting this race :) I am beside myself with nerves!

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  3. I am praying for your leg right now girl. Keep dreaming big and you never know what can happen!! HOw are you liking Cutting For Stone? Loved it once I got into it. So jealous that you get to meet Britt. I felt so much disappointment when I couldn't run the Portland Marathon last year after I had trained so hard and paid so much. But it made me stronger and more determined to train for the next one (and start a blog). I also had to sit out of my half marathon that I had planned to break 1:30 in during my marathon training. I was so sad. But I felt an overwhelming sense of purpose just standing on the side and cheering people on. It was really cool. Thinking of you. OH, and I have been loving my Ghosts lately for training runs. I got a pair of the TzRacers but they were too small and I never ordered another pair.

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  4. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you are going to run! very positive vibes and prayers coming your way...

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  5. Man, that's a tough choice. If it were me, and I invested the time and money I'd do it... not that that's sound advice! Let us know how Cutting for Stone is, by the way- I have it on my shelf!

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  6. Hold on to that hope, miracles can happen. Your health is of course in my prayers. The body is an amazing thing that can heal itself and be pressed to limits that we can only dream of. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed for you!

    Can't wait to meet you on Saturday!

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  7. Acupuncture is amazing! Hope you are feeling better after it, and can at least run part of the race!

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  8. Crossing all crossable parts for you! Chicago IS a great race - you'll know what to do :)

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  9. I say go for it. Life is short, live out loud with no regrets. A DNF is better than a DN start. Youre awesome!

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  10. Good luck to all the runners (including you...maybe?)! I will definitely keep you and your leg in my thoughts and prayers. I heard Chicago is a beautiful city and hope to run there one day! So jealous of your blogger meet-up. You guys are going to have a blast.

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  11. I kind of wondered if you would end up running the race anyway! Hoping that the acupuncture helps, and that you feel fantastic when you wake up on race morning.

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  12. I am sending you prayers! Have a great time in Chicago! It is one of my favorite cities!

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  13. This is a very tough call. Based on reading your post above, it seems like you are going to try to run the race. My main advice is to go into the race with the understanding that you may have to drop out if the pain gets too much. And during the race if you start getting shooting pains that don't go away (ie not general soreness), I would consider dropping out. Since I've been injured for a long time I've realized that races happen every year, but we only have 1 body - so we need to take care of it.

    Just pay real close attention to your body, and see how it goes. Good luck out there.

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  14. AHHHH CROSSING MY FINGERS!! So happy it felt better after the massage!!

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  15. Chicago was my first marathon back in 2009 and will always have a place in my heart. It's such an amazing course and the crowd support is outstanding!!!

    I totally get your still wanting to run it despite being injured. Back in March when I first got injured I was lined up to run a Half the first week of April... and I kept thinking, oh I'll drop down to the 10k... 5k... and then I found out it was fractured. My marathon was in mid-May so I thought well I could rehab this and be ok to run at least the Half... It's been 7 months and I'm still injured. I say, if you can safely run/walk it, I'd probably do it to! Oh how I miss running/racing. Good luck tomorrow and this weekend!!!

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  16. Ok I say go for it if you feel good the day before and one the morning of and IF you are at peace with slowing down or even walking if you need to. If you are at peace with that I think you could be ok.
    all the best to you! it looks like you are in a good positive place that is a big +.

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  17. i totally get that desire to run a race you've put so much time and so many miles into training for. i came down with the flu the day before my 2nd marathon and chose to run it anyway. it wasn't pretty, but i'm glad i did it in hindsight. so great that your leg is feeling better - i'm sending lots of positive vibes your way. honestly, if i were in your shoes, i'd probably try to run it easy...but i don't always make the wisest decisions ; ) you've got me so excited for chicago now, especially to meet you!!

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  18. YAY!!! corsses fingers go girl!

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  19. Have you tried Trigger Point Therapy? I thought I had achilles tendonitis, went out for a normal 7 miler and limped home after 2 painful miles. Went to a local running store and was introduced to trigger point and PR'd a 5k a couple days later. Then I had my 20 miler (I am running Chicago, too!!) no pain. Trigger point has worked wonders for me. It was a little pricey, but sooo worth it. Check it out, it couldn't make things any worse!

    Also, I was all set to run Chicago last year, but ended up with a metatarsal stress fracture diagnosed 6 days before the race. I know what you are going through and how much it hurts(mentally!). Good luck with whichever road you take and keep yourself healthy.

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  20. PS. I think there will be a trigger point booth at the Chicago expo!

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