Sometimes life throws you a curveball and you have to make a last minute decision. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me today. Two weeks ago we were visiting friends in Iowa. The first morning after we arrived I fell getting out of their bathtub. There was no bath mat and I was trying to reach the one in front of the toilet. Yup, I missed and my wet foot hit the tile floor and I went flying(not literally). My hip and leg, all the way down to my knee, thudded on top of the edge of the tub. Within half an hour I had a huge, black bruise all the way from my hip to my knee and halfway around my leg. I have always been clumsy but this was one of the worst falls I had taken. I still have bruises and my hip bone is still tender. I can’t even have my 9 pound dog lean against it. I was supposed to walk in the Great Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon tomorrow. I decided to check with the doctor first. She took X-rays but the results won’t be in until tomorrow. She was positive that I had bruised my hip bone but she wanted to make sure that there wasn’t a small fracture. I asked her about walking the 13.1 miles and she said she would not recommend it because I could aggravate the injury. I remember those times when I have read posts on the Run/Walk 2015 miles in 2015 virtual challenge website and there would be people posting about their injuries and the advice they got from their doctors not to run or walk in an upcoming race. Then they would post that they were going to compete no matter what their doctor said. I thought they were crazy and I still think that way. I am going to be 61 and I am not about to risk further injury to my hip. I will let it heal, skip the half marathon tomorrow, and walk in another one when I am able to. I guess you do get wiser in your old age. So, when life throws you a curveball, make a good choice. There is always another time to hit it out of the ballpark!
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I loved running the half marathon this year!! The course was diverse, well laid out, and clearly marked. All the volunteers were cheerful and helpful. I loved the food at the end, the music and the great energy and enthusiasm of all those involved. It was very evident that great care and thought went into every detail of this fantastic race. A big thank you to everyone who put so much time and effort into making this race a great experience!! Each succeeding year of this race gets better and better--I look forward to next year!
I had a blast. The course was well laid out and the stations were a great sight to see. The finish line was set up wonderfully. The after food, music, stretch tables and crowd were very welcoming. Thank you for everything. I really can't wait till next year.
My first Marathon! This was a great experience, extremely well marked course not only that but someone at every turn cheering you on was great, big thanks to them! Aid stations lots of them, after mile 20 my belt was empty and I was almost running on empty, they relly helped me finsh, they had everything I was even able to get a gel packet. I will run it again, and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you!
I do travel out-of-state for races from time to time and when I heard about this one, I had to participate. From the amazing/scenic course to the incredible volunteers, friendly participants & spectacular weather, I'd have to give kudos for a job well done. You guys just keep rocking it like you are and it won't forsake you. I hope to be back next year!
This was my first race ever and it could not have been any better! The energy on the course was amazing, everyone cheering each other on was inspiring. Having a pacer helped me complete my half marathon in my goal time! The whole event was well planned and a fun day all around, can't wait to do it again!!
The race was awesome. A really beautiful course. So many kind volunteers cheering us on along the way. Lots of free yummy food at the end. Also live music, physical therapists to help you stretch afterward. The t-shirts were great. My friends from Georgia and I are planning to make this our memorial day tradition!
Great event! I just ran the half today! The race seemed well organized and the course is fast and flat as described and runs through lovely neighborhoods and parks, nicely shaded, lots of beautiful trees and greenery, etc. Loved the venue for the start and finish. Loved the free hot dog or burrito option at the end for participants and BTW the "dawg's" were great and the fellow that owns and runs the hot dog stand was really cool!! He even took the time to snap a few pics of my friend and I for us. Enjoyed the live music while we were eating and waiting for award announcements. I would definitely run this race again and since I won a free race entry (division award) I plan to do just that next year!
This was a very well organized marathon, especially for an inaugural one! Beautiful and fast course. I got a new PR! Great support along the course, especially in the last hard miles. The race director even ran with me for a little bit. :-) I would definitely recommend it. It was small being it's first year but I expect to see it grow a lot in the coming years.