I am not running a marathon on November 7. And here are the 5 stages of running injury grief that led me to this conclusion.
You guys knew that I wasn’t running it.
Deep down – I knew it, too. I just had to deal with my loss.
Yes, it is just a race, but it was a major element in my running life this year. And as I look back at my posts, I realize I went through the 5 stages of running injury grief in processing the loss.
5 Stages of Running Injury Grief
Oh, I’ve been struggling with an injury, but I think I got it under control. I can start marathon training.
Oh, I’ll just miss the 2nd week of training to recover, it’ll be fine.
It’ll be fine.
If I could just get those orthotics…
If I can start running next week…
If I can fit in just a couple really long runs in October…
I don’t deserve a marathon.
A new year’s resolution down the drain…
I haven’t even hit 300 miles this year (last year I ran 600+).
Dude, you cannot train for a marathon in a month.
We often overestimate what we can do in a year, and we underestimate 10 years. So, with trembling fingers, I write down my 10 year goal. A goal that seems ridiculous and scary as heck.
In ten years, I want to qualify and run the Boston Marathon.
Yes, me and my 5 hour-marathon, me and my can’t-complete-300-miles by October, me and my injury-prone self — ALL OF US — are going to qualify, get accepted, and run the Boston Marathon.
Current qualifying times are 3:35 for 18-34 yr old females and 3:40 for 35-39 yr old females, with this year’s acceptance times being 3:32 and 3:37, respectively. Qualifying just allows you to submit an application, it doesn’t guarantee acceptance.
I accept my current losses, and look forward to a slow 10-year plan (to make me fast).
Rebekah I’m so sorry you are feeling down and disappointed but I think you are really making the right decision!! Although right now it feels hard and sad you will become a stronger, faster, smarter (if that is possible) runner! First job is to take care of your body so you can fulfill that 1, 5, 10 yr plan!! You are amazing and your accomplishments this year have been great – don’t forgot you planned a fabulous wedding to a pretty nice guy, your job and job responsibilities have taken off!! Your running will be there, have faith!! Looking forward to giving you a hug soon!!
Thanks so much! I’m pretty exciting about running in the years to come!
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