I was registered to run the Women Rock MN half marathon on Saturday, September 1st, but had to withdraw due to injury. While withdrawing from a race due to injury sounds like a cool runner thing to do, it was a clumsiness.
On Wednesday of race week, I fell off a curb leaving the bank and rolled both ankles. Don’t ask how this happens, because I’m not entirely sure. Nate believes I was overly tired from my 5am workouts, so we’ll go with that explanation considering I’m not typically the clumsy type.
For the remainder of the week I went back and forth on whether I would attempt to run at all. On Friday afternoon, the pain had gone away completely even though there was still significant swelling. Walking around the Expotique (Expo + Boutique) that evening, the ankles were feeling pretty good, so I purchased my Sport Beans and decided I would run, even it it meant moving down to the 10k.
That night I stayed up entirely too late and when the alarm went off at 5am, I was having nothing to do with it. I rationalized that there was still a lot of swelling, so I shouldn’t push myself; no need to cause damage. Truthfully, my lack of sleep had more to do with my decision, but I was content with it and hit snooze.
Originally, I planned to go to the race even if I didn’t run, to support three friends attempting their first full marathon. At 8:00 am when a friend texted to ask where I was, I responded with “I don’t know when I’ll be there. I was at the barn until midnight.” The return response was “So was I. Get your ass moving.” So, I followed her instructions and rolled my sorry behind out of bed. I love when friends enforce tough love.
By the time I finally got to the racecourse (after stopping for much needed coffee), our friends were passing the mile 6 mark. We cheered for participants, provided friends with beverages and snacks and enjoyed the beautiful weather. After our group had passed the mile 19 mark, I drove down to the finish line to wait for them. Everyone needs someone at the finish line for a race of a new distance!
I jogged across the finish with one and walked to the finish with another; both times I almost cried because I was so proud of them for such a HUGE accomplishment. Unfortunately, the third one had to drop out of the marathon due to a calf injury, but she finished the half marathon; I teared up for her, knowing how much time she had sacrificed all summer to train.
In the 24 hours following the marathon, all three are planning to do another! I’m so incredibly proud of these ladies and so happy I could be there to cheer them on.
I’m a believer that all things happen for a reason. Yes, it sucks that I chose not to race because of my injured ankle, but in some ways I’m glad it happened. It gave me the opportunity to be there to cheer for and support someone else’s running and to remember to appreciate those who support my running, whether it’s the strangers along the course, race volunteers or my family.
My plan was to retire from the half marathon distance after completing Women Rock. At this point, I’m not sure whether I’ll stick to that plan or attempt another one in the future but I’m 99% sure I will not be attempting another half marathon this year. I will, however, be finding another race to fulfill my September race for my “one race per month” goal but will most likely keep it to a 5k because although the ankle is no longer sore, it is still swollen.
The remaining 2012 races I’m registered for:
Monster Dash 10 Mile
Diva Dash 5k
Resolution Run 5k
There are a few other runs I have tentatively on my schedule and I’ll update my race page if I register for any of them.