WARNING!!!! The following post is a bit of a pity party. You have been warned. Read at your own risk!
About two weeks ago I went out for my long run on Sunday which was to be a half marathon followed by a five mile run back to the start. By mile 10 of the half I was having really bad knee pain (from my IT band) so I didn’t run the 5 miles back to the start. The next weekend for my long run I set out to see how far I could go before I got knee pain and this time I did 7 miles before it started hurting and at 10.5 I had to stop running. This weekend it got worse. After only 3.5 miles I could no longer run.
I have received many nice words of encouragement in my social media circles and thank you all for that. But at this point I am pretty certain that I will be pulling the plug on the Boston Marathon this year. Yes, I could go and walk/run it just for the experience but that isn’t the experience I wanted. It will be quite a costly trip when you add in hotel, air fair, car rental, and food. I just don’t want to spend all that money to not have the race I know I am capable of when I am healthy.
I believe (as do those I am close to) that I will qualify again. Before my IT band started acting up I was running well. If I can get healthy I really do feel I can run that fast again. I am very lucky to have the support of my loved ones with this tough call. I am not pulling out because I won’t PR; I gave up on that goal a while ago. This isn’t the Boston I worked hard for. I will qualify again and I will run the race I am capable of running.
Now someone pass me some Kleenex so I don’t get tears and snot on my keyboard.