Sunday, December 8, 2013

Time to Regroup

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 AbbyMindy, 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?


21 comments:

  1. I never have had a race cancelled at all in the couple of years I have run races, but there have been ones canceled in the area ... I know there is a load of angst on the part of everyone involved, as they have done loads of prep and no one wants to do it. I have no idea how to put a positive face on it ... because I just know I would also be very disappointed and then feel bad for wishing it went on anyway, and then guilty because of potential dangers and on and on ...

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    1. I can't imagine how hard it was for them to make the decision they made.

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  2. You'll have a blast in New Orleans. And I've heard it's flat and fast! And I'm the same way...I wanted to punch people all weekend. I was so down about it. But our day will come!

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    1. I think you and I are were the only ones that actually displayed our anger! Everyone else was all, "I feel so bad for the RD, blah blah blah". But you are right, our day will come, soon!

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  3. I am so sorry! When MCM was possibly going to get cancelled I had the same exact feelings. Luckily it didn't, but I know how you are feeling. No other way to look at it as it is totally out of your control, nothing you can do about it except mope for a few days and then jump back on the horse. You will ROCK NOLA!!

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    1. Thanks Sue! I'm ready to rebound and move on!

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  4. You will rock your race. Thanks for mentioning me, but it is really YOU I feel heartbroken for. The first race is such a big deal...and you SHOULD do it close to home so everyone can fawn over you. I can't wait to hear about your first 26.2 when it goes down....and hope to meet ya next time!

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    1. Thanks Crystal. It was a bummer but I'm so ready to move on!

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  5. No :-(

    There were a number of race cancellations this weekend!

    Not going to lie - a little worried that NYC Marathon will get cancelled again next year.

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    1. Don't worry! I felt like they had a legitimate reason to cancel NYC when they did. They would not cancel that race unless they absolutely had to.

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  6. I heard about this - how disappointing! I'm sorry! I can imagine what a let down that would be, considering how hard you worked. February is less than two months away, and it will be here before you know it. You'll get there, and I can't wait to hear about it! :)

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    1. Thanks Amy! I'm excited and ready to move on!

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  7. a blog I follow "we beat fat" showed the woman running it anyway! She said she would not hang the medal in her home unless she really did it and she did!!

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    1. Yep! I was so proud of her for that. I donated my medal to the kids at St. Jude since I didn't earn it. Those kids definitely earn their medals!

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  8. Ug. I am so sorry about the cancellation, but it is very nice that they offered you another option! I know other races are not as nice. I've never had a cancellation, but my dog did eat my sneakers 5 days before my first marathon and that was a bit traumatic. At least you have NOLA to look forward to! I've heard it's a great race.

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    1. HAHA I love it. I can't imagine how that would feel to run in new shoes before your first marathon.

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  9. How terribly disappointing - for you and so many others!

    I've never had a big race like this cancelled, but I did bust up my ankle six weeks before my target marathon, quite a few years ago. Of course, this was sort-of my fault, rather than the fault of the weather, but I was majorly bummed. I suppose I deal with this (and other) disappointment by wallowing for a little while to let the news really sink in, and give myself time to process it. Then I pick myself up, eat some chocolate, and just moving on. Not much other choice, ya know?

    Hang in there - you're bummed now, but as you start to wrap your mind around a new plan,and see what can be done between then and now, you'll be more at peace with the situation. But in the meantime, it's OK to mope for a little while!

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    1. Thanks Holly! I'm actually super excited now about my change in plans! New Orleans is going to be amazing!

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  10. I am so sorry. I could not stop thinking about you all weekend. I cannot even imagine. I would have trouble being positive in a situation like that too. I am so shock, amazed, and proud to see that you are already back at it.
    We will celebrate your 26.2 in NoLa.

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    1. Thanks Abby! I took the week off basically, and had an amazing run yesterday so I'm ready for this NoLa training!

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  11. Canceled is the correct spelling. You use the internet as your job, google it.

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