Saturday, June 25, 2011

DNF

This is NOT how I thought this post would go.

I was killing it thru mile 14. I was about 80 seconds under BQ pace and felt great. The pace felt easy and at the 13.1 mark, I thought I could definitely do another 13 with moderate slow-down. My heart rate was nice & low, so I KNOW I wasn't over-extending myself.

Then, somewhere just after mile 14, I went to reach for a cup of water and...

*POP*

I felt my lower calf POP. I know that feeling. I tore this area in 2008 while training for my first marathon.

WTH? My calves haven't been tight. My three 20+ mile training runs have gone GREAT with minimal soreness. I've been feeling so good.

This morning, my legs felt great.

I'm just stunned. I can't believe this happened. Again. What am I doing wrong?

Mile 1 - 8:22 (a bit fast)
Mile 2 - 8:59
Mile 3 - 8:59 (a bit slow, over compensating for first mile)
5K - 26:47 (8:38 pace)
Mile 4 - 8:37 (good)
Mile 5 - 8:15
Mile 6 - 8:15
10K - 52:32 (8:18 pace)
Mile 7 - 8:11
Mile 8 - 8:15
Mile 9 - 8:17
Mile 10 - 8:06
Mile 11 - 8:19
Mile 12 - 8:24
Mile 13 - 8:53 (this is when I could feel my calf start to tighten on me)
HALF MARATHON - 13.1 - 1:50:49 (8:27 pace)
Mile 14 - ? I have a 7:30 but that can't be right.

Anyway, it was over after that. I moved over to the half marathon route and walked another 1.1 miles to their finish.

It didn't even occur to me when I started this that I wouldn't finish this race. I thought at worst, I would just finish slower than I hoped but I would still finish and have a fun time. I've NEVER not finished a race. And I don't think I've ever had a bad race...because no matter what my time is, I always have fun along the way.

Was I going too fast? Pushing too hard? I didn't feel like it but maybe my leg was telling me otherwise.

I'm going to sulk the rest of today and eat my Cheetos (!!). Then, my next post will be about the incredible pre-race bloggy dinner that Tall Mom Mel organized and all the great pre-race and during-race encounters. 

33 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry! Get well soon.

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  2. oh my goodness I am so sorry. I was so looking forward to reading how you killed the race and had an amazing experience. I am so sorry! I can't imagine how bummed you feel. Rest. Rest. REST.

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  3. Sorry to hear this. Hope you heal quickly. You must be so disappointed.

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  4. Oh, Alma, I so wish I could hug you right now!! I DNF'd my first marathon and unfortunately know exactly how you are feeling right now. Definitely give yourself time to sulk, pout and HEAL. My heart goes out to you, my friend.

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  5. oh that sucks! I hope you get better soon.

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  6. omg i’m so sorry. i feel even worse because i sent you a text based on what the computer was saying. :( i suck. let’s hope your leg is okay…enjoy your cheetos and some wine.

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  7. Oh Alma! My heart is breaking for you. I guess it's the speed. Damn!

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  8. Oh, Alma :(. I'm so sorry :(.

    Enjoy te cheeto's and the bloggy meet, and rest up. Hugs {{}}

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  9. Hope you feel better!! Don't beat yourself up over this - our bodies are uhhh...only human. Think of all the amazing races you HAVE finished and been awesome at.

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  10. So sorry to hear this. I was tracking you and was so excited about your progress. I hope that it's not too serious and that you'll get redemption in no time. Hugs!

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  11. So so sorry to read this! Hope your leg heals quickly and your disappointment too.

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  12. I saw you when you were telling Tall Mel what happened, and I'm so sorry this happened. (for the record, you don't know me, I was just introducing myself to Mel at the time). I hate when this happens to anyone, what a bummer. Sulk today, and then look forward to recovering and kicking the next races' ass!

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  13. Oh shit, Alma. I was wondering what was going on. I was happy you called out to me, and by the time I wondered why you were walking, it was too late to go back. I'm so sorry that happened.

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  14. Alma, I'm so sorry. I can't believe that happened. I truly hope you can figure out how to prevent this especially after you were doing so awesome. I'm bummed I missed you on the course and at our meetup area. I hung out there for a long time. It was great chatting with you at dinner. Can't wait to do it again.

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  15. Oh no, sorry to hear about the injury. I thought you had your goal for sure, but I guess there are always going to be things that happen that are just beyond our control. Hope you heal fast and well.

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  16. Oh Alma...I am so so sorry to read this. You were doing so fantastic! As disappointed as you must surely be today...I know that you will soon be picking yourself up, figuring this out and giving it another go! Big hug ((()))

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  17. So sad for you, Alma. When I heard, I wanted to cry since I KNOW how pumped you were and how this happened in 2008 (which is how we met when we walked NODM and you made that such a fun experience).

    BUT. You WILL get yours. You WILL. For some reason, it wasn't today.

    Hugs.

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  18. I'm so sorry. I hope your injury heals up quickly!

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  19. Oh no! I'm so sorry. Hope it's getting better and you figure out what happened. Good luck.

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  20. Alma, I feel so sad for you! I've been following your training...Dan and I are in Alamosa, CO and I thought I'd check to see how your race went. Darn! Hope it heals quickly and I'll have to hear about it in person soon. :)

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  21. Oh no!!!!!! That is such a bitter pill to swallow. I'm so sorry :(

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  22. I'm sorry that happened :(
    Hope you heal quickly.

    I was glad to meet you at the dinner. I don't think we talked cause we were at other ends of the table but I am glad to be following your blog now!

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  23. i am so sorry. I missed you after the race and never found out what happened! You were rocking it. I think jesse feels a bit let down as well, but at least he got hurt late enough that he could walk to the finish. Get better!

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  24. Alma, I jsut want to hug you again! When Mel, Amanda and I saw you early in the race, we were PUMPED for you!! YOu were motoring. I'm so so so sorry.

    I have been following your training and am baffled why this happened! You were killing your runs and this one too!

    I'm just so glad I got to meet you. Hugs!!!

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  25. I'm so sorry! I hope your leg heals soon and that you figure out what happened. DNF'ing totally sucks!

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  26. Oh man that is so bad! I know how you feel. I had a DNF at one of my biggest races of the year in May. Take care and focus on a next new goal. That's what I'm doing. Going for the next goal.

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  27. Very sorry to hear about this. Hope you are better soon.

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  28. That is such a bummer! But remember... Rest. Ice. And start looking at the race calendars to figure out when you can put all that good training to use! (It helps stave off the not-running blues.) ;)

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  29. Damn! That just sucks. I hope you figure out what caused it. You will run another day and you will finish!

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  30. You ROCKED it, the body throws us crazy stupid curve balls sometimes. SO FRUSTRATING!! I know you were putting on a brave face post race but I could feel you were hurting. HUGS!! hand in there friend..

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  31. Oh gosh, I am truly sorry! I fully understand your emotions right now and you absolutely deserve to be pissed - you have earned that right! Rest up and take care of that calf so you can get back out there and fight for the next one!!

    ((hugs))

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  32. Sorry you did not finish. I know how disappointing that can be. Hang tight, recover and come back strong.

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  33. Oh my goodness! So so sorry! You were flying and on track! There is always a next time! Stay positive!

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