Change of Plans

“Once you are a runner, it’s always there in the back of your head.” ~Bill Rodgers

So proud of everyone! Photo by Ian White

I’m a planner, a goal setter, I set my mind to something and accomplish it.  I love trying new things and changing it up, but if it has to do for a goal I set for myself, I have a REALLY tough time.  All that said, I’ve had a really tough two weeks.

I hope I haven’t griped too much. Please know anything I’ve written here is to help people.  I have found  so many running blogs that deal with products, training and races, but not many when it comes to injuries, when your sidelined. Instead of going into it, you can see here, where it started to go  downhill and then the diagnosis that has be sidelined and doomed me to weeks of cross training, here.  It’s been tough and at times embarrassing because I feel I’m not meeting my goal.  I was ready for the full marathon. I felt good and I was excited, but life had different plans. There’s a time to be stubborn and run through it (which is my natural reaction) and a time to be smart and take the detour so that you can make it to the final destination unscathed.  I am learning to do the latter.

Yes, this man is juggling while running a MARATHON. Oh the people you see while watching.

Recently, I have been religious about doing my stretches, PT and strength training but getting to the gym to cross train by myself just wasn’t happening. These past two weeks, there was no way that I was going to do the elliptical for two hours.  I think I was throwing myself a little pity party. Well…the party is over.  Time to get down to business.

I hated not racing. I hate that I will not be participating in the Flying Pig  this weekend after training since December and that no matter how long I cycle, elipticize or swim, I will lose some fitness.  I hate that my plans to do speed work this summer are now derailed. But you know what, it is what it is and there’s not a thing I can do.  I’m going to do everything I can to get back into running and focus on having a great attitude about it.

I don’t want to sound cliche but you really do learn so much about life from running.  Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger right?  Well…pretty sure piriformis won’t kill me 😉 Next marathon, I’ll be stronger and smarter.

The one great thing about not racing is that I could cheer on all the runners.  Being part of a running community means you cheer other on to do the best they can.  I felt lucky to be able to cheer on these amazing runners who I’ve not only put in miles with but learned so much from.  Even though I didn’t realize it then, these runners, even that day were teaching me to take a reroute and even a detour in stride.

Check out what the wall says in front of the church I went to watch at. Priceless.

For those of you who don’t know, Nashville was under a tornado watch the whole race.  At mile 22, marathoners were diverted to the half course and not allowed to finish the full 26.2.  Sure it was disappointing, especially for some in the group for whom this was their first one.  Sure it sucked, but you know what, it happens and I love that these runners are not looking back but looking forward to the next race, and I’m going to join them! We have a couple of options and in the next couple of days I’d love your advice and suggestions on what marathons you’ve liked running.  If I need to cross train for awhile, so be it.  This is merely a detour, a change of plans, a bump in the road.  Instead of stopping, I’m going to keep on running.

Since I don’t have a great post race report, here are some great ones from my friends. You all did an amazing job! I am so proud of you all! I’ll be with you for the next race!

  1. Rod– A fellow EN, Rod PR’ed at the Country Music 1/2.  Read his race report and how his training this year set him up for success.
  2. Miss Chatterbox– The requested title for this is To Stubborn to Stop. She is a runner after my own heart.  After perfect training she just didn’t have the race she wanted to…but she STILL PR’ed! She kept going and finished the race.
  3. Dear Abby Leigh– After fainting at the finish line last year, she came back with a vengeance this year, and some salt in her pocket. You’re welcome for being the drug mule.
  4. Knight– I can’t believe we still haven’t met but this lady is amazing and had a great race. I am so proud of her and love how her post race report was thanking those who watched her.  What if everyone cheered others on in life like they were running the half.  Congrats Knight! Once I can run, you and me are going to go for a run so pencil me in.
  5. Annie– Annie, Annie, Annie. The displaced East Nasty comes home. Look at that face. Who can look that cute after they run 13.1 miles.  I know I don’t! Congrats on your 9 minute PR! Even though we only met in passing, ha, I consider you a dear friend.
  6. I had to save this for last. Christy, my training partner, fellow EN and one of my biggest supporter and one voice of reason that said, I know how stubborn you are but take a step back, get better then go for it. She, like me, didn’t get to run the first marathon she trained for either. This year, her marathon was cut short but the attitude she had about it is exactly what I’m talking about here.  In her post race report she uses one of my favorite quotes, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” We are already planning the next full.  The cool part is, this one we’ll be able to run together!

I also want to thank those of you who have encouraged me and helped me through this from the Boy, my training partner, Christy, all of the EN’s and you!  I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

Have you ever been derailed, detoured or had to change plans mid-route?  How do you handle it?


16 thoughts on “Change of Plans

  1. Aww, I’m sorry you’re not going to get to do your marathon this weekend, but you have a great attitude about it. I’m a planner too and it’s SO HARD for me to have to change those plans–especially when I had a goal in mind. You’re definitely making the right decision though in allowing yourself time to recover. Better to be able to run again in the future than to injure yourself more and to not be able to run at all!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you get better very soon!!! It sucks to train so hard for your body to tell you nope, not doing it. You’ll rock the next one though!

  3. It sucks that you’ll have to miss Cincy, but you’ll be back at it. My attempt at 12 halfs in 12 months last year only went 75% completed after a stress fracture sidelined me.

    But, after a few months of taking it easy (and a few more pounds), I’m ready to get back at it and will be doing a half relay (8 miles is my leg) with my sister in July.

    We run for a lifetime, not a season. Having that kind of long view makes injuries less of a big deal.

    That, and cheering can be fun, too.

  4. Jacki, You inspire me.
    And I could not be more thankful for the most unexpected friendship that has blessed me since our “first blind date.” 😉
    I am proud of you and the strength and determination that you are showing to get better…and come back stronger.
    And we WILL be running our next marathon together. 26.2 – together every step of the way.
    You are the best!

  5. I’m so sorry you were sidelined this time around. I hope you have a speedy recovery…you will definitely come back hungrier than ever to train hard and race fast!

  6. I can absolutely sympathize with you … however, through various injuries in my running career, I realized that they don’t bring me down or cause me to lose fitness. Trust me – this bump in the road only increases your fitness (and your mental fitness too). The races that I’ve run post-injury have always been my strongest – you’ll see.

  7. Jackie – more than you know, I appreciate your mad cheerleading skills throughout training and watching! You’ve definitely helped educate me more on the in’s and out’s of the running world and your support has been legendary!

    Glad you have you rooting me on!

  8. Aw so sorry about all the injury troubles. I know how you feel about having a goal and feeling embarrased if you don’t meet it (or if it’s delayed). Hang in there and know that the first race you do fully recovered will be that much more meaningful.

  9. I don’t want to seem like I am trying to solicite you but I want to help. Treating runners is what I do. I treat runners who have been to physical therapy ( and other treatments) at other places and been unsuccessful. If you are a member of east nasty ask the guys in the group that work at Fleet Feet, they will tell you about me. Again I want to help you get better. I am a runner and understand the desire to get back to running asap and there is nobody better at helping people return to healthy running than me. Hopefully you will contact me, my office is 373-5020 and my email is Thank you

  10. Jackie,
    I had about 15 years of “tapering” between races. I ran track in high school, but gave it up in college. After I graduated from UT I’m ashamed to say I took up smoking for a while. (Journalists = crusty = cigarettes.) If I can pick up running again after all that time and abuse … and love it, and be good at it … then you’ve got nothing to worry about. One thing about running is it gives you perspective. Cheers to you. You’ll be out there in no time.

  11. I hate that you couldn’t finish it out, but I am still in awe of you. I can’t imagine the pain you were in and were just going to do it anyway. 26 miles of pain. That’s perseverance. And really, though, you made the right decision in not doing it. At least you’ll know your first 26-miler will be alot better than this one could have ever been!

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