In case you missed it, my big first marathon was cancelled.
|It really pissed me off that they misspelled "cancelled"|
We had an "ice storm" come through town and it ruined my dreams of 26.2 miles. I was heartbroken. And angry. And so so sad.
The thing that bothered me the most was how I was completely unable to be positive about the situation. I like to think I don't have a cold black heart, but I could not be optimistic AT ALL. Everyone was all, "but so much money was raised for St. Jude". Yes, that's true and I am SOOOOOO proud of that. I will forever run this race as a Hero and raise money for St. Jude. I will forever donate money to St. Jude.
|I'm so proud to be a part of RUN365|
But I trained for a marathon.
I endured a horrific training run.
I had dreams of finish lines.
I got my first black toenail.
I was mentally ready.
I'm not the only one that had dreams crushed. My student Kristin, trained for her first half marathon, while going to pharmacy school and working. Christin was prepared for an awesome race, a sub-4 marathon. Angela and her husband drove here from Dallas after their flight got cancelled to run her first marathon (after losing a crap load of weight). Crystal started training for her marathon ASAP after giving birth to her son and was in awesome shape for a great race.
Not to mention my extremely large running family here in town. I can't even name all of the friends that missed a chance for a great race.
So what happens now?
St. Jude was gracious enough to offer us three choices for replacement races: Rock N Roll Arizona, Rock N Roll New Orleans, or Country Music Marathon in Nashville. After discussions with the hubby and friends, it looks like I'm headed to New Orleans to run my first marathon on February 2nd! I am so excited and ready to start back up training. Plus, I'm going to meet some great bloggers down there with Abby, Mindy, and Sarah.
I know everything happens for a reason. Maybe something great is going to happen in New Orleans. All I know is, I'm crossing a finish line for a marathon, one way or another.
Have you ever had a big race cancelled?
How do you handle heartbreak?
Are you running RnR NOLA?