The training had went well, but it always seemed like one thing or another was forever bothering my left leg. I can't seem to process how much of this is paranoia or if there is just cause to be cautious here.
Regardless, I feel like even before I went to Nashville, I had a lot of doubts about my leg and if I was smart I would have just opted to run the half and enjoy it.
But I figured I would line up and see how I felt. There seemed to be more hills than I remembered and the heat was coming on fast. I was enjoying the crowds and there were a ton of people!
By mile 11 still holding a nice 7:18 avg on the garmin, I started to notice a building pain in my left leg and it was about this time the half marathoners made the split to head in to their finish. I was sooo wishing I was almost done too! I now had a slight limp and I think I was already starting to mentally check out. I just kept thinking B race...don't blow A race in 3 weeks, don't blow the season.
Just after 13, I threw my headphones on hoping to try to just drown out my doubts. All I could think is please don't let this race cost me another stress fracture. At mile 15.77, the course came within a block of where the halfers headed in. For the past 5 miles or so I could feel the crescendo type pain building in my tibia area. I was not sure if it was the nerve or if the stress fracture was coming back and I just did not want to limp for another 10 miles and risk hurting myself. I stopped. I was soooo hot now. Temps had risen into the 70s at this point. Every part of me knew I could finish this race but I was just not thinking the potential sacrifice was worth it. After borrowing a phone to let my husband know I was quitting I jogged down to the half and jogged the final 2 miles in with them to finish with about 18.
I did not even get the medal when I crossed. I sort of just wanted to hide and wished no one knew I was doing the race. Once I quit running, the pain in the tibia area seemed minimal so I don't think any damage was done. But now I continue to question my decision and am filled with disappointment.
I suppose at this point, I am just going to try to close the book on it and try to focus on TTT. I really want redemption from this pathetic showing and no more excuses.
On the positive side, the experience was still awesome. My non-running friend KL threw up a 1:43 half with no real training, sis ran her first marathon with a 4:06 AND I had a blast with ET and all the other CTC friends that made the trip down. Lastly Saturday, I celebrated my anniversary with my husband of 6 years as we partied it up Nashville style, and having an awesome little pub crawl listening to tons of great live music!
Splits through 15.77 where I stopped my garmin....
So going forward, my near term plan is to focus on biking and swimming. I will race TTT May 20-22 and then do Mohican 100K MTB on June 4th. I plan to keep the running to a minimum to let the issues simmer down and just enjoy the summer as I will later build back up for REV3 Cedar Point. Lots of fun pics to come!