I had intentions of lacing up the running kicks for an adventure of the 13.1 mile persuasion tomorrow in the CLE, but sometimes life happens and changes the plans you had for yourself.
Earlier this week I attempted a longish run and around mile 8 my hamstring decided to say hellllllo and tell me it wasn’t quite ready for longer distances at any speed so soon after the 26.2 I had just run a few days prior. I began considering not running the race at all, to prevent any stupid injuries from surfacing like they did post-NYC. Later that same day I received a call from a friend divulging in some sad news regarding the death of another friend’s mother. This friend lost her father to lung cancer one year after I lost my dad to the same fate. And now she is saying goodbye to her mother after she lost her own battle with cancer. This girl is living my own worst nightmare. The memorial is being held on Sunday, and I felt that my time would be much better spent showing respects for a friend and her huge loss, than traveling to NEO to run in a race.
After making the decision and figuring out the logistics of my new weekend plans I was hit with a wave of food poisoning. Note to self: it isn’t the best choice to make a salad from a grocery store salad bar at 8:00pm at night. I’m pretty sure the spring mix style of greens I chose were contaminated in some way, leaving me no choice but to pray to the porcelain gods for the last 24 hours. Sometimes running just isn’t in the cards and I’d say the universe for some reason or another really does not want me participating in this weekend’s events.
The CLE has been SO good to me. It was two years ago that I finally scored that coveted BQ on the streets of that fabulous city by the lake. Anyone running tomorrow, if the CLE treats you half as well as she did me on that fateful day, it will be a fantastic day indeed.
So to all my friends who I was hoping to see at the start and cheer for at mile 25: I wish you nothing but the best! Hydrate well, dig deep, stay strong and HAVE FUN! I may not be there in the flesh tomorrow, but I will be there in spirit.