As you may or may not know, I won a free entry to the Blue Ridge Marathon back in October. I was ecstatic. I never win anything. Then, two weeks later I won a book for promoting a Twitter #runchat with Compassion International. Wha? Two in a row? Where’s my lotto ticket? But, I digress.
The Blue Ridge Marathon is slated “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”. “Road” is included in there because there are trail runs that are surely tougher. Trail runners are tough….annndd I’m getting off topic again. Anyway, I was excited. I was injured at the time but thought for certain, I would be a complete runner by April.
Of course it was going to be hard, but I had just completed Big Sur International Marathon, which is just as tough in its own right. It’s amazing how a human can transcend the body in such an experience.
Big Sur was the most beautiful race I had ever run, or even come close to running for that fact. Crashing waves over the cliffs on one side, the rise of mountains covered in evergreens on the other. This was as close to heaven as I had ever been.
Getting back to Blue Ridge. It is to take place in Roanoke, VA, on none other than, the Blue Ridge Parkway. Gorgeous, in its own right, the Parkway is a popular site for east coasters seeking beauty in the spring and fall.
But, here’s the kicker. I’m still injured. Yep, that’s right. It’s 5 months later and I still can’t run over 4 miles without feeling like I was hit by a truck. (Hence, the MRI post.) There is no way it is possible for me to get ready in a month and a half for a marathon…or even a half. Sad times. So what do I do?
What would you do?
Have you ever had to back out of a race?