After speaking with a medical professional on Tuesday, I’ve decided not to run the Derry 16 Miler this Sunday.
My first DNS
As I said in a previous post – what ever it takes to get to Boylston Street. Right now that means giving my knee time to get better. If it doesn’t get better, then I may not get to Boylston Street. I need to give the healing process the time it needs and see what happens.
I’m still a runner, even though I can’t run. I’m still thinking about how I’m going to get back on track. I’m still thinking about the races I’ve signed up for. Mostly I’m thinking about getting an ice pack on my knee several times a day and making sure I don’t OD on ibuprofen.
It is difficult to know I’ll be sitting at home when my friends and thousands of other runners will be running a race I paid for. The not running part will be the most difficult part.
For me it’s more important to get to the start line in Hopkinton than it is to run any other race. Boston is a goal for so many runners and I have yet another opportunity to run the race that is a dream for so many runners. Why would I put that in jeopardy by being foolish?
Sometimes what ever it takes means doing nothing. I cannot race and I have to significantly alter my training plan. I can’t just push through the pain and expect everything to be alright.
A DNS is a small price to pay to run the Boston Marathon.
I’m still a runner!
Run a mile for me my friends!