The die has been cast.
I will not be running the Marine Corps Marathon.
I will, however be flying to Chicago (man, will my arms be tired. ba dum dum) to watch the Redhead and Speedy Jess run through the city!
Today, I am thankful for a decision.
I ran 4 miles last night and the ankle felt iffy at best. I don’t want to push it. I am tired of being in race limbo. And I really, really, really want to eat Chicago pizza and hot dogs.
Obviously, I could give it a shot. I could run the MCM and do fine. Or I could run it and hurt myself worse. I just don’t want to risk it at this point. I have lost some of my running confidence and would rather take it slow and get it back 100% and kick my next marathon’s arse. I am so going to miss my BRA peeps while they are in DC and I am going to be so very sad that I am not there. I think they will understand and know that I support them 1 million percent. I will be watching them via the interwebs (and maybe drinking those 2 or 12 flasks of Bailey’s). I have the Ragnar Relay and the Gasparilla Marathon to look forward to and get fully healed for. If anyone else is running Chicago, please let me know. I love making posters! And, do I hear bloggy friend photo ops?!?!What are you thankful for today?
I am THANKFUL FOR YOU COMING TO CHICAGO!!!!!!
*insert happy sobbing redhead here*
Why must you torment me with photos of street meat?! *droooool*
Is it too early (10:30) to want a hot dog?
I think it's awesome that you're going to Chicago to support Morgan. She will be sooo lucky to have you there. Hopefully you can meet up with some other bloggy buds too!
As tough as it was, I think you are making the right choice for MCM. You are thinking long-term. You WILL recovery fully and run a great marathon!
Sorry that you had to make that decision, but it sounds wise.
Great you will be cheering on others at Chicago though. Woot!!
neither am I! Next year 🙂
I'm sad you won't be doing the MCM (I know you were looking forward to it) but it sounds like you did the sound thing.
WOW! You just gave me a major HOT DOG CRAVING!?!? 😛 hehe
That is the most heartbreaking decision ever to have to make . . . I've so been there. But seriously, I think you are very wise to make it. Let yourself heal, and then come back stronger and better than ever 😉
I'll be in Chicago (mostly eating pizza and meat–but also running a marathon apparently). So I will keep an eye out for you and your awesome signs 🙂
Sounds smart to not do the MCM, but I know it killed you. You are an amazing friend to head to Chicago to support your buddies. Just looking at that hotdog, however, gave me the runs. have a great time, stay strong, know that a marathon is in your future (and in mine, I hope).
I'm thankful for seeing that picture of the hot dog. It reminds me that it's Gator football season (the one event that I'll allow myself to eat such things!) A surfer told me on the beach that hot dogs gave rats colon cancer in a lab. Don't know if that's true or not, but damn I'm thankful I'm not a rat! Glad you're going to support J-Mo in Chicago, she'll be soooo stoked and don't sweat the injury; it'll get better and you'll be back stronger than ever!
ugg I am sure that was a TOUGH decision, but its always nice to have it made and move on. you are a smart girl and you will have some great races coming up!! SO exciting that you are going to spectate in Chicago, that will be SOOO fun!
I think its great that you listened to your body's needs….esp. to the Chicago pizza craving 🙂
That's a super tough decision – and I'm sorry you had to make it! 🙁 I'm doing the MCM 10k and would have loved to meet some blogging friends, esp ones from FL!! Have SO much fun in Chi-town. I LOVE pizza and hot dogs, too!!
I'm thankful for a body that can recover quickly enough to do 4 races in 4 weekends. I have race #3 on Saturday.
I think that's the smart choice. As much as it sucks. Glad you have a couple more races to look forward to. That should keep you going.
I'm thankful no one heard me rockin out to my old school master mix of Prince, GnR and Salt 'n Pepa on my run this weekend.
So sorry you had to make the tough grown-up decesion, I am not good at those and I am almost 30. And I commend you for doing it when most of us runner's tend to run through injuries even when we know we shouldn't. You will have a blast in Chicago – wish I was running it so I could see one of your signs! 🙂
So sorry you're not going to be able to do your race, but I know what a relief it is to have an answer. I think it's awesome that you're going to cheer redhead on! You're such a great friend! Eat some yummy food for me too!
I know how tough that decision is, but it sounds like you're making the right one. You'll be in a better place to do it next year, and then we can just completely demolish the race!
I am thankful for neon green relish. Also, entertaing blogs on running. Mostly I am grateful for two legs and feet.
New to your blog from reading your comments on the Running Fat Guys blog.
Thanks Katie! I didn't see an email or blog for you but wanted to say thanks. Not to worry, I will photograph everything.
I am thankful for roommates who leave food in the fridge.
I am sorry that you can't run, but you are making the right decision. 🙁
And dang, that hot dog looks bomb. HA HA HA of course I would say that! Um, I'm always hungry. FML
I've give you that chicago pizza has a place in this world but nothing beats a NYC dirty water dawg.
Your choice about MCM was the smart choice. About that dog, the jury is still out.
Great choice – Chicago will be so much fun for you!
I'm thankful for no old men in the locker room……… Great choice.
I know that must have been a tough decision, but you are doing the right thing by taking care of yourself. I'm sure that your friends appreciate you cheering them on in Chicago! I wish that I could be there!
I am thankful for my health today and that I don't have the swine flu. Seems like everyone here does.
I think you're makign the right decision. Have a great trip!
I am proud of you for making that decision. When your body talks, you must listen! I am about to have to make a similar decision regarding the RNR San Antonio bc I am suffering from serious neuropathy in my foot… so I know how tough decision that was to make.
So glad you are goint to cheer your blogger buddy on! You are the bomb 🙂 And eat a hotdog for me!
jeez. I really want to eat that dog, right.now.
I can only imagine the burps you will be blessing upon everyone …
Sorry you had to make that decision, it's def for the best 😉
Awh! Bummer about no MCM, but I'm glad that you are headed to Chicago to cheer for the Redhead! I'll make sure my cheering section cheers extra loud for your BRA crew as well 🙂
while an extremely difficult decision, it sounds like you're making a good one. Sorry though 🙁 Going out to support is awesome!
I think you're doing the right thing to heal first, then you'll be all set to conquer your next challenge.
I'm thankful that I get to go out of town this weekend with my husband….without kids!!!
Aww, thats too bad but you are definitely making the right choice for YOU and YOUR body!
Plus, you will have SO MUCH FUN cheering on the redhead in Chicago 🙂
Ok, your hot dog picture was WONDERFUL, it made me so hungry! Sorry about your marathon but it seems like we all agree that your body is first and you're just paying attention!!!!!!
ugh, tough decision, but probably the right one. i totally feel you on this. well you know i'll be in chicago volunteering right? i've heard the best place for a chicago-dog is hot dougs. and trust me, today for some reason i have been CRAVING a chicago dog. YUM. so cheers to chicago, and cheers to future marathons my friend!
Sorry MCM won't be happening, but you're better off safe than sorry. And the Redhead is a lucky gal!
I love how strong you were in making such a hard decision. You can be a lot more relaxed this weekend, definitely. Plus you can eat a lot of greasy, wonderful food… Yeah, there are a lot of pros! Have a great weekend 🙂
I am thankful for your will and determination. Some people might just decide to stop running. But in the same blog post that you announce your decision to forgo MCM, you declare that you will kick arse in your next marathon. If that isn't the right attitude, I don't know what is. From the time I first saw the pain on your face when this injury popped up during the long run, you have handled this with grace.
I am selfishly also thankful that you're going to be in Chicago. Is that shameful? I feel guilty for being happy about that. If so, delete the last half of my comment.
Just know that I will be thinking of you at Chicago and MCM and that beautiful smile and winning attitude that everyone loves. I mean, just look at your blog following! You are awesome!
Oh, and I cannot wait to see you kick some serious arse in your next race! Go, B.o.B.!
very cool and fun decision 🙂 i'm so glad you will be able to party down in chicago with the redhead! it's a bummer that you are missing out on mcm, but there will be another marathon! get that foot 100% better and you will rock it. i am proud of you for holding yourself back instead of potentially pushing yourself into an injury. it takes a lot, i know! (i suck at it, in comparison)
Belated comment: I am thankful for three brewpubs in Albuquerque!