When to Say No to a Race

run

please enjoy this photo of Brooks

as he’s done more running than I have lately 

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So, it’s truth time over here on the blog.

I’m signed up to run the 10 mile Broad Street Run on this Sunday

{which I’ve run in the past}

It’s been part of my 2016 Race Calendar since the beginning and I’ve been looking forward to running it.

But the truth of the matter is,

I haven’t run since the Hot Chocolate 15k

{which was 1 whole month ago!}

#facepalm

Ok, that’s a bit of a white lie because I did run 4.5 miles {once} while on vacation in Mexico. But it wasn’t really so much real running as it was jogging for every 0.50 miles and then walking + chugging water.

I blame the 90% humidity and the all-inclusive, open bar for that. #sorryimnotsorry

So I made the executive decision this week to defer my Broad Street Race until 2017.

**at least I think I did, the process wasn’t 100% clear **

It was a bit of a bummer, because I have been planning on + wanting to run it for some time. I’ve been running and training, with Broad Street as my end goal since January – since 10 miles is all I can really wrap my mind around training for right now.

I know I could do it if I wanted to, I acknowledge that I am blessed with athletic ability and I also spend my days walking 6+ miles with the boys all over the city. So I’m confident that I could pull 10 miles out – it just wouldn’t be pretty.

And knowing that it wouldn’t be pretty even before the morning of the race, doesn’t really excite me.

Sure, I know I could run the race, cross the finish line and get my medal.

But I could also risk injuring myself {as I know I’m not prepared to run this} and I am 99.9% sure I would feel awful the entire time doing it.

So why do it?

Honestly, I would rather spend the morning rolling around with my littles, having Sunday breakfast with my family.

Honestly, training for anything {sometimes working out in general} is hard with two babies.

Honestly, some days {more often than not actually}, working out is at the absolute bottom of my priority list.

Honestly, part of me really wanted to run this race solely because I had committed to doing it online.

Don’t get me wrong – I love to run.

I love to sweat, I love to be outside, I love to be active, I love taking care of myself in that way.

But the two littles can make taking time for myself a little logistically challenging. But at the same time, I want to make the effort because I want to show them how important putting yourself first and living a healthy life is.

But, at the same time again, when there are a million and one things that need to get done in the house, we have no food in the fridge and I have other work things going on, sometimes the ability to take an hour to myself to run isn’t always an option {factor in nursing + nap time and the percentage goes down even more!}

I still plan to continue my effort to run a race a month for 2016 – now I’m looking for on this month! Know any?

Knowing when to say no to a race was hard, but I’m glad I made the right decision for me.

vacay run

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Have you ever had to say No to a race?

Any tips on training with babes? Please share!

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4 Comments

  • Reply Jess April 29, 2016 at 8:32 am

    This is my first time in 5 years not running Broad Street but I think we both picked a good time to skip- forecast doesn’t look favorable! I think there are some fun races along the shore this summer- I would love to find a half to do since I DNS’d the Love Run.

  • Reply @TwinsRun April 29, 2016 at 9:03 am

    We’ve been there! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Leslee @ Her Happy Balance April 29, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I had to say no to the Philly full this fall because of an injury. It was heartbreaking because I spent months training for it and then got a bad case of IT Band Syndrome less than a month out. I worked with a sports chiro to rehab my injury and know that deferring was the right decision. I’m signed up to run Broad Street this weekend and I haven’t trained quite as much as I would’ve liked but I’m going to do it. I 100% support making decisions that stay true to you. You’ll get ’em next year 🙂

  • Reply Patty O May 2, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Don’t beat yourself up over your decision, life is full of priorities and right now your littles come first! There’s always another race and now you can train casually until then.

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