Let’s just get this out on the table here at the very first: I am no longer running the Rock N Roll Marathon.
However, I still WILL BE RUNNING the HALF marathon on November 12th.
So why the sudden change of plans? Well, the change wasn’t so sudden.
On and off for the last month, I’ve been having weird pains in my right hip that have made it painful to run while also causing shin splints. On the other side of my body, my ankle has started giving me problems. What the hell why am I falling apart?? Good question – very good question.
Unfortunately, I have no solid answer to this question. I haven’t taken a trip to the doctor (I know, I know – I need to), but I have consulted with runner and trainer friends. The general consensus and my personal decision is that I need to hang back and focus on what I know.
I know I can complete a 13.1 mile race, because, I’ve done it before three times. The distance is familiar and I know what to expect at various times along the course. If my hip starts acting up, I know how I’ll need to handle the rest of the course.
What I don’t know is how my hip and ankle will handle a 26.2 mile course. Will I push myself and cause damage? Will I collapse in the middle? Will I have to pee and get stuck in a port-a-potty at the wrong time and find myself on a moving truck?
Obviously the last scenario is highly unlikely, but you know me, I had to add some humor to this less than ideal decision.
And it sucks. It really, really sucks to spend time preparing only to have your body say “Nope not this one.” I’m the type of person who believes that things happen for a reason and this is no different.
Not only do I want to compete in future races (my goal is three next year!), but I also want to be able to keep up my active lifestyle for decades to come. Part of this decision comes from the fact that I’ve already had an ACL/MCL surgery on my left knee and an insane sprain in my right ankle at this point in my life. And I’m trying to avoid any further medical issues if possible.
Even though it’s a terrible feeling, I know this race is for something bigger. Regardless of the distance, the most important thing about this year’s race – is to run it. This is the largest event on The Strip since October 1st and all that matters is to show up and be Vegas Strong. To show the world that nothing stops us.
Not even a hip. (I feel like a Grandma.)