Running is hard.
Not running when you want to is harder.
So I totally took last week off. I’m supposed to be crossing training this week, but so far it hasn’t happened. I will say though that I did do a whole lot of walking this past weekend, so that’s got to count. I went with my eldest son for a prospective college weekend event. This required lots of walking as we were a 10 minute walk from campus. On top of that we walked and walked and walked around both campus and town.
I wisely had inserted my new orthopedics in my everyday sneakers. Even with this I did feel discomfort in my left foot with the tendonitis. It made me wonder what would happen if I ran. I thought about testing that out, but figured since I have my Podiatry appointment today that I would wait.
As we know in every aspect of our life, sometimes doing the right thing is not the easiest thing. Sometimes, we need to make hard choices. Long term goals must take president over short term goals.
It’s hard because instant gratification feels so good
I have run the Runner’s World Event 2 years in a row. It is a great event and I really as whole can not not say enough good things about the actual event. I enjoyed it so much that this year, I had planned to do the Grand Slam, 26.2 over the course of this coming weekend.
The event is still open for registration until the October 18th while anyone wishing to defer would have had to have made the choice a month ago.
Now I do understand why they have deferral deadlines. I get it. If not people would sign up for every race they even thought of doing and then just defer at the last minute. That would create a chaotic system where race directors could not possible plan. I also get why they have a fee for deferrals. Although I will say some are more fair than others in the fee department. Runner’s World actually only charges $20 to defer.
I am annoyed. Maybe wrongly so, but I still am annoyed.
I reached out to Runner’s World to see if I could defer and I even offered to provide medical documentation if necessary. I got the standard answer of “no exceptions.”
I know it’s not their fault.
I know why they have the rules in place that they do.
I do think they should make exceptions. The world is not black and white and sometimes, you need to consider shades of grey
So now this weekend, I have a bib for an event that I can’t run. I can’t defer and I can’t transfer. As you would expect with an event this size, it cost more than a town 5K. I’ve started getting the emails for the event… Bib pick-up, parking, and just the general pump up. Each email is like a punch.
Each email makes me think….. hmmm, could I do it?
Then I remember that I’m sitting here with a heating pad on my foot.
Running is hard.
Not running is harder.
How have you dealt with sitting out when all you wanted to do is RUN?