Dead Fuckin’ Last is GREATER than Did Not Finish is GREATER than Did Not Start
As you may be aware, I signed up for the Team Ortho Monster Race Series for 2012. The first race on the schedule was the Polar Dash on Jan. 1st. I was all ready to run my first ever 10k. I have to admit I was really looking forward to running a shorter distance at a race. (I have only ever ran 13.1 in a running event.)
The weather in MN so far this winter has been superb for training. I was able to run most of my training runs outside and mixed up a few pace runs on the treadmill just for
torture fun. 🙂 My leg pain has finally subsided and I was ready to run this thing!
I woke up Christmas Day with a sore throat. UGH! (Pray that this is just a fluke and not the ebola virus the rest of my family has had the past month!) I felt the lingering sore throat and ear pain most of last week, but was able to run and be comfortable. It was tolerable. “A bottle of Advil a day keeps the doctor away.” Right?! Okay, maybe not!
December 30th this cold hits me like a ton of bricks- there is no stopping this one with Emergen-C. (Did I mention I have been living on the stuff since Ryan had his first sniffle a month ago?!) I am still fairly hopeful I can pull off this race. I told Ryan on NYE, “I trained. I paid for it. Damn it, I am gonna get up and do this thing.” I mean who doesn’t want to run on the coldest, windiest, iciest day we have had up to this point? Who doesn’t want to high-five people dressed up as penguins while they are running by?
I woke up at 0730am on race day…insert cough…insert laryngitis…insert more coughing…
I called my friend. I hung my head. I crawled back to bed. I had my first ever DNS at a race.
This was suppose to be a New Year’s Day race report. I am disappointed and a little mad. It was not what I had planned to bring in 2012 with. My brain knows it was the best for my body and health. I wouldn’t have come in DFL and I wouldn’t have DNF. I would have raced it. I would have pushed my body harder than it could go. I would be sicker today if I raced yesterday.
Here’s to hoping I am healthy enough and injury free for the rest of my races in 2012. May the training be hard. May the races be fun. AND please, oh please, let me have a few PR’s 🙂
Time to get after it! Happy New Year.