Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saying goodbye to what would have been my first

Several months ago, I added the Columbus Marathon to my Google Calendar for Oct. 16. I was excited to add it, even typing in parentheses, "First One!"

Sadly, injuries have kept me from being able to train for it. In fact, though I have two half marathons under my belt, I wouldn't have been able to even do the half again this year. I was lucky to have squeezed out a 5K last weekend.

Admittedly, I was envious of my friends who were Tweeting their times at the various points in the race, like I had done the year before. However, it was still cool to be able to congratulate them being a member of the club, so to speak, and understanding the challenge and reward of their training.

So, as I allowed myself those few moments of sadness today looking at my calendar, I truly believe that hope springs eternal in the human breast and nowhere is that more evident in my own outlook.

Today is the first day of the rest of my adventure, and I'm already looking toward next season. I'm definitely eyeing the Flying Pig in May and the Nationwide Columbus next October. Plus, throw in a few triathlons in the mix and 2012 could be quite spectacular.

13 comments:

alice said...

So sorry Lora, but be proud that you made the right decision. There's nothing worse than going into a marathon injured.

Lora said...

So very true, Alice. There is always next year ... and I'm definitely looking forward to it. So glad you had an awesome race.

Marci said...

You will get that first and second marathon in next year... at least you were smart and didn't run the marathon with the injury... it would have made it a miserable beyond miserable experience!

Lora said...

Yes, there is always next year. And you're right: It would have been very miserable trying to do that with an injury.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

You are young and life is long.
Heal child, heal...
(that's my old man speach)
Heck, I didn't start marathoning until I was 35 and to tell you the truth that seems an eternity ago..
Heal child, heal...
(had to throw that in again)

Lora said...

Laughing my butt off, Bob! Thanks for the encouragement.

Karen said...

Sorry to hear it... Next year will be your year! I ran the Flying Pig in 2009 and loved it. Just an overall fun race with lots of crowd support.

Lora said...

I'm already looking so forward to next year. Not much else to do at this point except look ahead.

Congratulations on finishing the Pig! I did the half earlier this year and loved it, too. I actually LOVED the hills of all things.

Mike said...

You made the right call for sure. A marathon is nothing to attempt with an injury. Live to fight another day.

Lora said...

Amen, Mike!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

The good thing is that these races arnt going anywhere, get healed and have fun at the Flying Pig.

I was at cbus on sunday, my first BIG race, too big for me, for my liking. Took 10 mins for my corral to cross the starting line.

Lora said...

Congratulations on your race, BDD!

Andrea said...

I am a new follower via Working it out. I am recovering from an injury too & know how you feel. I had a DNS this fall. It was such a bummer but it was the right thing to do for the long run...pun intended :-)

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