You’ve registered for the race. You’ve created your training calendar. You’ve followed your training calendar as close as possible. You’re now injured with not enough time on the calendar to make up the mileage. Enter “disappointment”.
Mom and I have had the Portland Marathon on our calendar ever since Mom committed to walking her first marathon. So exciting!! If you remember, I registered and then later found out Mom registered me as well. The Portland Marathon race peeps were super helpful and understanding, and removed/credited back the duplicate registration. Since then, Mom’s been walking up a storm in preparation! She also bought a Garmin and some cute workout clothes (isn’t that why we do this?). Then she got sick and lost some time. Worse, when she got better, she may have done too much too soon and is suddenly unable to walk very far without pain.
She thought it out and we talked it out and decided that trying to move forward with only 4+ weeks remaining was probably not a good idea. Even knowing this is the right decision, it’s still hard. A number of years ago, I registered for Hartford Marathon and never made it to the start line. I had done the physical training, but at the time, had so much going on that I felt mentally injured. Even though I knew it was the right decision at the time, it was still a lousy feeling to be home on race day and not in Hartford.
Missing a race because of injury (or anything really) is a mental blow. But we’re already thinking about a Plan B! I’m a big crybaby when I finish a race; I know it’s not a given that I’ll finish or that I’ll always be in good enough shape to run. So, I’m always grateful and humbled when I'm able to cross another finish line. I can’t imagine what a blubbering mess I’ll be when I get to cross the finish line with Mom at her first marathon (sniff)!!
What I ultimately said to Mom was this, “Hey, at least you injured yourself during an athletic activity and NOT by reaching the wrong way to retrieve the remote control while lying on the couch!”. I think that helped J