So, the Wednesday before the Eugene Marathon… I had a stomach issue. It was possibly food poisoning, I’m not sure. What I can tell you is that I lost four pounds in two days… and within a span of five hours I had diarrhea seven times and vomited six times (with an additional two bouts of dry heaving).
I had already been struggling to overcome a foot injury as a result from foster care. But the stomach bug really ended all hopes of running any part of the Eugene Marathon.
I will run again… but this year has been a very frustrating year for running.
I’m having trouble calculating the value of the goodie bag considering I could not run the marathon. So… I did get a nice shirt.
And a stick of deodorant.
But at $97 for the marathon entry fee … if the shirt is worth $30, does that make the stick of deodorant $67??
** Sigh **
Today I ran nearly five miles. Yes… I ran five miles, walked two miles… and felt pretty good. I cannot run the full marathon on July 27th in Eugene. That is a fact I have reluctantly accepted. But the half marathon is still a possibility. Plus I ran the full Seattle Marathon in December… so it’s not like I need to prove to myself that I “can” do a full marathon.
However… I do not have plans to run the entire half marathon. I will run as much as I can… walk parts… and just try to enjoy it. My foot was injured not from running, but from two aggressive foster kids.
I still enjoy getting outside, and I paid for the Eugene Marathon long ago… so I will still do it. But at this point… I have accepted this will be my slowest time ever. I’m okay with that.
The fact that I can run at all at this point is impressive… I had nearly two months where just walking was uncomfortable during the spring of 2014. Sometimes victory is in the eye of the beholder. So just finishing the half marathon will be a victory.
Best wishes to you all.
July 27th, 2014 is when the Eugene Marathon happens. That’s just over two months away. I was once excited about running this marathon, which would have been my second marathon. But 2014 has been a year of weird challenges. At this point I’m not even sure I could run over half of this marathon.
I was sick for the last week of February, and the entire month of March… then I was healthy for a few days in April… but then I was sick again for another week. Three colds and one sinus infection. So I did zero training during that time.
When I was healthy, our foster kids kicked stomped on my foot or kicked me in the knee. All of this adds up to me starting training approximately two weeks ago.
I ran four miles today… but clearly had nothing left in the tank. Finishing the Eugene Marathon (a mostly flat course) in under six hours will be a real challenge for me right now. I am frustrated… but trying to approach running as a way to burn off stress instead of a way to set a personal record. My wife suggested to not put pressure on myself for this marathon. I should just run and have fun.
I think that is good advice… especially considering that right now my body feels like a 1967 Ford Mustang. Not a fully restored Mustang… but a rusted Mustang with a leaky gas tank and peeling paint … that Godzilla stepped on.
Yesterday I tested out my injured foot for the first time since the Seattle Marathon (2013). Today that injured foot does not seem to be sore… so that’s a good sign!! The Seattle Marathon was my first time running a full marathon and I finished it. The Seattle Marathon was very hilly, cold, and it had a lot of pavement. In fact I think the entire course was on pavement. The combination of the hills and pavement were not great for my right foot which had already been sore before running the Seattle Marathon. But… like I said I finished it.
I am still very happy to have finished the marathon. Finishing a marathon had been on my bucket list for a VERY long time. But now I want to finish a full marathon without stopping to walk. I do not have the marathon addiction bug that some people seem to get. But I had to walk a lot in the Seattle marathon because of the hills and my injured foot. Therefore I want another crack at a full marathon to see what I can really do. Thus… the mostly flat 2014 Eugene Marathon is on my radar.
The problem with the Eugene Marathon is that it has been moved to July… the end of July. You know… the hottest time of the year. So yes the course is flat. But I am not sure I want to tackle a FULL marathon in July. Yes it will start in the morning… but still. Who knows. It is Oregon so maybe it will rain 😉
I started my marathon training a long time ago… and I had to work my way up to the Seattle Marathon. This time I have a lot of the physical and mental stuff under control but I need my foot to get better. If my foot proves to be better after a few more short test runs, then I will register for the Eugene Marathon. I have until February 28th to register before the “next” price increase.
So yes… there is a financial decision tied in with the physical decision. Sure… it is only a $10 increase. But that $10 can buy a large pizza… an important financial loss when someone is in college 😀