One of my favorite things is to run races. I love it so much that I am running 15 races for 2015. But sometimes life gets in the way of these plans!
I was super excited to run the 1st half of the SF Marathon last weekend. It was part of the San Francisco Originals Run Series, which meant I earned an extra awesome medal after the Giants Race in August. I went to get my packet last Friday and took some pics and couldn’t wait for race morning.
Unfortunately Friday night I ended up with some nasty food poisoning. I felt better the next morning but then it hit me again on Saturday night. To top it all off the little man is teething hard and decided it was a good day for no nap. Any parent knows how crucial naps are to survival!! It is our only down time, whether it be to rest, read a book or workout.
When my alarm went off on Sunday morning at 3:40am I knew it was not a good idea to race. It is always a hard decision for me!! I laid in bed for at least 30 minutes weighing my options. I knew that with my lack of sleep and the lovely food poisoning I had would make for a rough race and possibly an injury. I have been so careful with my hamstring lately and I didn’t want to take a chance. I have so many more races coming up and I didn’t want to risk being out of commission for weeks if I hurt myself.
I think the worst part for me with not running a race is when people asked how it went. I sometimes almost feel embarrassed that I didn’t suck it up and go. The pressure is always a little bit stronger when you are a fitness professional. Luckily I have an amazing group of people I teach and they all agreed that I made the best decision. So here is to my next race and running without an injury!!
One little secret too….I totally stalked people’s instagram pages that whole day to get a look at the medal 😉
Have you ever had to skip out on a race?? Did you regret your decision or feel guilty for not running?