Saturday, April 28, 2012

Measly

Let me start by saying I hope my return to running is 'like riding a bike'!!!

I was finally able to ride my bike this week and it felt great! I was pain free for a couple of days so I headed straight for the bike! I feel a little silly about my two little bike rides and my over excitement for these rides but as one of my friends pointed out, I should never discount an accomplishment. I was talking to a friend of mine, who became injured the same weekend I became injured and I was equating my 'measly' half marathon to her big swim! I was also putting a price tag on everything. She scoffed and told me I should NEVER call a half marathon a measly half marathon. I agree! I was trying to rationalize my disappointment over not being able to run the half marathon by putting it into the grand scheme of things, thus the term measly.

The reality is, I'm only losing seventy five dollars from that race (the race staff STILL haven't replied to any emails I have sent to them) and the term measly was supposed to make me feel like seventy five dollars is nothing. Here's the thing: I already had to bow out of the 10 miler ($45), now the half marathon ($75) and possibly my first Olympic distance triathlon ($125). When I look at the two hundred and forty five dollars possibly lost due to an injury (not to mention the Dr. bills that are starting to roll in) I am feeling a little down again.

I have finally accepted the fact that I get to take a prescribed break from running (a few years ago I would have welcome this break), I have not accepted that race directors do not reply to emails or phone calls even though I so clearly pointed out they do NOT have policies around deferment of registration (probably why they don't call back).

Insert wisdom here:

So, when I reflect on the picture above I realize it is best to not put a price tag on my health. Sure, I am frustrated that people don't return emails/phone calls but at the same time waiting around is going to allow me to heal. By waiting around and allowing my body to heal I will get what I deserve.

At least I should be able to run Chicago ($150)! AND at least I can ride my bike!!! Nothing is measly about that...

8 comments:

  1. I missed 2 half marathons, a 15K and a 5K that I'd already paid for when I got pregnant. I was so upset about the money, although I always knew it'd be worth it. Oh look, this comment has NO POINT, but I totally feel for you!

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    1. Gives me perspective. Thank you for that!

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  2. If you can't do the Olympic tri, I'll buy the registration off of you and do an Olympic Du. Problem solved. You are right not to a put a price tag on your health. And please be careful with these workouts. I need to train with a whole Sarah........

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    1. LOL, I'll be careful! Have you ever seen someone sit on a bike at the gym and turn on the manual mode which is a straight line with no hills for an entire hour? Yep, that is what my ride looked like ;)

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    2. Love this description of your ride.

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  3. I completely get it. It's okay to mourn the lost fees and races that could have been, but also great to focus on the good things, like a couple of bike rides. ;)

    And I'm with Laurie - I need to run with you again, the whole you.

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  4. Missing races due to injury sucks. I hope youre feeling better soon!

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  5. Hang in there, Sarah, and keep up the positive attitude. I lost $450 when I withdrew from Ironman Lake Placid because I was going through my divorce and just couldn't do/didn't feel up to the training at that time. It helped me ever so slightly to think of it as a donation to a cause that I love and support and one day will return to again.

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