Giving Up A Race

14 May

Well, this is crap. I am registered for the Toronto Womens Half-Marathon at the end of May, and it looks like I won’t be able to run it. I hate, hate, hate having to give up race registrations, and there’s a part of me that still wants to try and run this race. But training has been hard when it’s happened at all. There has been too much going on – like the small business of getting married and all of the planning that went with that.

I’ve still been running, don’t get me wrong. But my distances have not been as long as I’d want them to be, and I haven’t felt quite as strong as I’d like.

And now I’ve gone and caught a cold. Not a bad one, but just enough to make me feel like I shouldn’t take a chance on running. And to complicate matters, the nerve in my neck that got damaged last year has been acting up. This happens from time to time: I feel that uncomfortable numbness in the fingers of my left hand that is accompanied by a slight aching sensation in my arm as I run. My gut keeps on telling me that if I try running a 21km race a mere two weeks from now, I will get injured and sideline myself for the rest of the summer.

My gut is always right. I know better than to second-guess my instincts.

It’s not all bad news, though. I am looking for another half-marathon to run in late June or early July (if anyone knows of anything within reasonable driving distance of Toronto, let me know!), and I have submitted my registration for my annual Run for Autism, meaning that soon I will be able to start fundraising.

I may be temporarily down, but I am by no means out.

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2 Responses to “Giving Up A Race”

  1. Karyn @ kloppenmum May 14, 2011 at 4:22 PM #

    Oh that’s frustrating for you! Life does seem to have a way of interfering with my plans too – what’s that all about?! Hope you find another half-marathon you can run.

    • runningforautism May 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM #

      I found one! Looks like a lovely one in the Niagara region in mid-July. It’ll be as hot as Hades then, but will be good training for me. I really just want to run this as practice for my “real” half-marathon in October!

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