I’ll Cross that Bridge When I Come to It

I have officially taken over a week off running due to this foot/ankle injury.  So my taper is less like a taper and more like couch potato central.  After my amazing 18 miler I felt so ready for this marathon, and then to roll my ankle and hurt myself on the 20… YIKES!
After a week off, my run still did not go as planned yesterday.  I put my exercise clothes on for the first time in 7 days, but that was about as far as I made it.

People keep asking me – Will you still run the full?  Will you switch to the half instead?
The truth is I don’t know.  If by some miracle I feel great like I did on my 18 I am going for it.
If I am in screaming pain like I was my last two long runs I will downgrade to the half.  I will of course hate giving up on the full and switching if that is what has to happen, but if I am in crazy pain I know that cutting it short might be best in the long run.

People then ask – When will you decide?
Well I will cross that bridge when I come to it.  Like at mile 12 when you either turn for the half or continue on for the full.  I just hope at that point I have my decision firmly made and am behind it one way or the other.

Have you ever heading to a race not sure you would finish?

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  1. says

    I think no decision is the best decision. Running the firstv12 with friends will help distract you and hopefully that will be enough for you to make leave with either decision! I know you will make the best one for your body at the right time!

  2. says

    Having a running injury is no joke. You are wise to take your time to decide what to do, be it a full or half marathon. Remember that there are plenty more full marathons to run and if you do need to run the half, it can still be a great race.

  3. says

    I’ve run 15 marathons and when I stood at the start line of two of them, I really didn’t know if I’d be crossing the finish line. I’m not counting my first marathon, but I suppose that one would make three! Hope it goes better than you can imagine!

  4. Christine says

    Yes, I’ve run a race without being sure I’d finish. Just a few weeks ago at the Charleston half. I’m pregnant and at the time I was 19 weeks and my last long run before the race (12 miles) was so bad and I ended up wondering if I really had a half marathon in me at all. But I ran it anyway and I took it very, very easy and just came to terms with the fact that there was no PR in site and it was probably going to be my slowest half ever (it was), but I had so much fun and I was so excited to just finish.

    I’m sorry you’re having issues with your ankle after all of the hard work of training for a full. That is so frustrating. I hope you are able to run the full, but if you can’t, drop back and go for the half. There will be another full for you to run (I know that’s hard to take right now, though).

    • says

      Thanks Christine. It is tough after all the training to know I might not make it, but hopefully no matter what I decide I will know at the time that it is best.

  5. Jenna says

    Awh, abby!! I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine how frustrated you must be. I definitely think putting your body first is the smartest at this point though. You gotta give yourself full healing time!! Hang in there xxxoo

    • says

      Thanks Jenna. I am really excited to talk to my new coach tonight, we start the 10th, and see if we can make a plan to help me heal and get stringer so this doesn’t happen again.

  6. says

    I think that you plan to cross the bridge when it comes is perfect!!!
    I hope that your ankle heals but you will know what to do when the time comes – listening to your body is the best thing to do!

  7. says

    I’m so sorry about your injury. That is a terrible position to be stuck in. I think you’re doing it right though. You’re not going to know if you body will be capable of running the full until you wake up that day and hit the pavement. Do what you feel right about. Just remember, better safe than sorry. I’d hate to see you push too hard and be out of commission for an extended period following this race.
    Best wishes!

  8. Brie says

    In such a massive race, can you really switch that easily midrace, or would you tear off your timing chip? I’d be super embarrassed if I got called for some award bc of a mid-race switch like that! Just thinking of how the whole thing works! If you are still in shooting pain, please be smart. It sucks seeing you struggle and try to force yourself into running so many races that you’re not enjoying as much. I hope you have a fun weekend with the girls though!! :-)

    • says

      I actually researched it and they said if you take the half turn you won’t hit some of the full timing marks so they know. They advise people who want to swicth down not to trade their bibs, but to just make the turn. Seems wild right?

  9. says

    Aww, Abby! I know you really want to do the full but I know that if you drop down to the half that you are still amazing! You are right, it will be best for you in the long run! (I’m right there with you right now).

  10. says

    Oh no! We really are the accident prone twins. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that you’ll be able to do the full, but if it’s bothering you during the first half I hope you’ll be okay with doing what is right for your body and stopping at the half <3

  11. says

    I am too stubborn to allow myself not to finish a race (even if I am in excruciating pain). I realize that this is a really horrible character trait, and that it takes more strength to admit defeat. Hoping you will feel absolutely amazing at your full and will be able to do the whole thing!

    • says

      I hope so too, and I hope that if I am in screaming pain I will turn at 12 and not push it for 14 more, sometimes i am stubborn too.

  12. says

    Interesting question… i guess I have always assumed I would finish. I’ve only DNF one race (that’s another story), but I’ve never STARTED a race where I thought finishing was the question. I like your plan and I’m the runner that will always suggest to be safe. Listen to your body and know that a half is an amazing and fun distance to run. R.I.C.E.

    • says

      Thanks. I am doing a lot of resting after this race and even starting with a coach to help with strength training for runners. I really, really want the full… but I will do what I need to.

  13. says

    Ah, sorry you’re in this position. I guess it’s always best to listen to your body and not put yourself in unnecessary harm (or pain!), but I know this must be tough — sending positive thoughts your way and hoping you feel better to take on that full!

  14. Gina @ Noshing on Asphalt says

    Oh Abbcadabra, I am in the exact same boat as you. (And I feel like it’s sinking quickly.) =/ My marathon is next weekend and I haven’t been able to run in 1.5 weeks thanks to a nasty illness. I’m still holding onto the idea of running the full but I know I’m not properly trained for it at all. The only difference between our situation is that my race is a point-to-point so I have to know before the run what I’m going to do. I’m happy that you can evaluate mid-race on how you’re feeling. I don’t know if this will help you at all but last year I recapped my thoughts on the 2nd half of RnRNOLA. http://noshingonasphalt.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/rock-n-roll-marathon-part-2/

    • says

      From what I have heard it is a lot like Nashville. Splits at mile 12 and then becomes a bit of an out and back ghost town. Looks like that is what your recap says too. The second half of RnR races are always so much harder than the first because of the course.

  15. Tina @ Average For Bend says

    Only you can make the call, but I definitely want to echo others in that shorter might be better. You’ve been battling injuries for so long that your body may need that break. Trust me, i KNOW. As a tall lady myself (who has rolled her fair share of ankles too) I think strength training, etc is SUPER important and I have this feeling that once you get going on that end (you wrote about that in another post, yes?) you are going to have a totally different experience! No matter what, enjoy NOLA!

    • says

      I am actually speaking to my new run coach tonight and we will eb starting up Monday, Feb. 10th with lots of focus on strengthening (especially core and glutes as my sports med doc says those are weak) and ankle mobility.

  16. says

    You are one strong lady! I know you will make the right decision for you at the time it is right for you (like at the turning point!) I am rooting for you no matter which race you end up running!

  17. says

    I’m behind you 100% no matter what you decide. I think waiting until you have to make the decision, at mile 12, is the best way to go. You could feel absolutely fine come race day! I think this weekend has become more about the memories that we’ll make versus the PR’s. And then it’s time for the healing process to begin for you!

    • says

      Thanks Cecilia. I am hoping I feel great and can go for the full, but if not I am sure I’ll have an awesome time anyway.

  18. says

    Not in the same way as you. At least you are a runner. I’m heading to my first half in 10 weeks and I’m so unprepared it’s insane. But if I don’t make it through the entire run that’ll be fine. I’m going to keep trudging forward and see what happens on April 6th.

  19. says

    So sorry, Abby! I hope your ankle is feeling much better by the weekend! I love this course – and it’s great you have the option at Mile 12! Crossing my fingers for you!!

  20. says

    I will send you lots of healing thoughts so you can do the full without problems :) For my Big Sur Half, I was worried that I hadn’t been able to train as much as I had for my first half since my life got super busy with trying to finish my thesis. Fortunately everything turned out ok, but I had my doubts…

  21. says

    I’ve not had this problem before. But I did have the ankle injury before my half and I didn’t have to choice to switch up since I was already doing the half. I pushed through and rested until January. Luckily I’m fine now!