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I got up this morning set on and feeling all ready for hunting down a BQ. Instead I am sitting here with my foot on ice reporting on my first ever DNF. Today's episode could be titled "The Agony of De-feet."<br><br>
Nothing out of the ordinary happened up until the race start. It was cold just like I wanted (30s-40s) and a bit breezier than ideal, but very good conditions overall. Had I made it that far, a tailwind would have pushed me in from mile 19 even -- how cool is that?<br><br>
My feet and legs felt very stiff until the 3rd mile, just not warmed up. My running buddy and I were on pace just fine, though. After that, my right foot completely fell asleep and started throbbing. I had to stop in Mile 4 to loosen the lace. That foot felt better. Just before Mile 7, my left foot suddently started feeling concentrated significant pain/pressure on the medial arch, espcially toward the heel, with every step. I planned to wait it out and kept going, trying to wiggle my foot and toes while I ran. No change. I loosened that lace after a couple miles. No change. At Mile 11 I was now 6 seconds off the slowest pace I could keep and still qualify, and the pain was worse. Had the foot not been hurting worse I would have pushed on, but with how every step felt I couldn't forsee going another 15 miles like that and making up the time to BQ, let alone possibly avoiding more serious injury. So I dropped.<br><br>
(I have never had this occur during a run before ever, but have had pain in that spot during massages and/or getting out of bed in the morning. WhenI stretch my calves, I can feel that that side is tighter in the lower leg. I guess it could be acute PF or else a very bad cramp in an already tight spot(?))<br><br>
It wasn't really that fun limping to the finish area to turn in my chip and seeing Half marathoners wearing medals and thinking how I wouldn't be wearing one today, but sooner or later every runner's going to have it happen.<br><br>
Today wasn't my day, but I'm confident that another day will be. I'm disappointed, but not <i>discouraged.</i> The worst part of this is that I know many people are going to be feeling sad or sorry for me, or disappointed for me. Of course that's natural and shows they care; I just feel bad about that. I'm sure I will shed a few tears before long, and it would be unhealthy if I didn't, but by no means am I seeing the day as an utter failure or tragedy.<br><br>
My coach agreed I made the right decision given the circumstances. I want to stay in this sport for decades and that means staying as healthy as I can in the short-and long-term. Maybe I would have finished with a serious injury (if it isn't already); maybe I would have finished no worse for the wear, but I doubt I would have qualified and that was really my goal today.<br><br>
It was still a great weekend filled with friends, good times, and rewarding running. My SO, a new runner, did great in his first 8K (40:02), 3 of my friends PR'd at the full or half distances, and one of our core running group members on his third training attempt, finally completed his first marathon. So there is much more to celebrate than be sad about. The Shamrock Sportsfest is a great event all-around, and I plan to return next year.<br><br>
My plan for now is to ice/ibu, get podiatrist and massage appts. ASAP, cross-train, and see how soon I can safely get back to training. Stay tuned!
 

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Get healthy SGH, that's the most important thing.<br><br>
And congrats for using your noggin out there. Better to fight another day and all that stuff.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I hope that's a big enough cyber-hug to make you feel better SGH.<br><br>
You did the right thing. If you're in bad pain at mile 11, 15 more miles of it isn't going to make it any better.<br><br>
I've seen your posts over the last few years SGH, and trust me, I <b>KNOW</b> you have a BQ in you. You <b>are</b> going to get it eventually. Today wasn't your day. Hopefully the next one will be.<br><br>
Hang tough SGH.
 

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I'm sorry that it happened, but Oh, so impressed by your attitude. (Not surprised though.)<br><br>
I've developed a sense about some people I know and I'm almost always right. That sense is telling me strongly that you will be back and you will get a BQ.<br><br>
FWIW I always thing of every marathon as a lottery ticket. No matter how prepared I am, there's about a 40% chance that it will not be my day for a great time. That's why when someone asks me how fast I plan to go, I always say "ask me at mile 10."<br><br>
The "fix" for that problem is to come back and run another one. I'm guessing you'll do that and soon.<br><br>
We'll be really interested in your recovery/diagnosis. Do you think you can maintain training momentum and just sharpen a little more before your next one?
 

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I read this after your email. It totally sounds like acute PF. I hope that is what it is (rather than a stress fx). Get some appts and see what happens. It really sounds like my acute PF over 10 years ago.<br><br>
You totally made the right decision. I would have been mad at you if you did not DNF. It sucks everytime to DNF, but the more i have done it, the easier it has gotten <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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SGH, you know what happened to me last year, and deciding to pull out of a race, after all that training, is one of the hardest things to do. You did the right thing for sure, and are a smarter, stronger runner because of it.<br><br>
Your attitude makes all the difference. Rock on!
 

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Your great attitude will see you through this one.<br><br>
Take care and get that foot taken care of and the next time the day will be yours!
 

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SGH - sorry it didn't go as planned<br><br>
good call on the DNF (but that's never an easy choice) - get you foot back in shape and your fitness will carry you into the next race<br><br>
hang in there and hopefully we can both punch a ticket to Boston 2008 sometime this fall
 

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1 to all of that. Well said, EQ.<br><br>
SGH, you're one tough cookie <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I'm sure that you have your BQ in the future and that it will be glorious when you get it!
 

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Wow!.... What a great attitude SGH!<br><br>
As someone once said, the DNF could in your case could stand for "Do nothing foolish".<br><br>
There will be other marathons.
 

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SGH, Sorry to hear about the De-feet, but am so happy that you did the right thing. I think we all have had a similar experience along the way in this wild world of running. I hope everything goes well with the Doctor and you are back on the running path in no time! Best Wishes!
 

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I'm sorry this race didn't go well but I've got to say that your outlook on everything is inspiring. It takes something special to be a runner & especially a marathonner -- you've got that and more. You've got that BQ in you and I admire you for knowing that and making a smart decision pulling out.
 

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Sorry to hear about the DNF, SGH, but it sounds like you made the right decision. I wondered what had happened when I didn't see you in the race results.<br><br>
I can tell you from experience this winter that it sucks being injured coming off a marathon. As important as today's race was, it's more important to stay healthy for the future. You'll have lots more chances to BQ.
 

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Another sorry about the DNF. I am very relieved, however, to hear that you didn't do anything that might cause serious injury to your foot. I think highly of you, and ever more so after hearing your response to this.<br><br>
I'm not an experienced racer, but I hear <i>greatness</i> in your post.
 

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I'm sorry to hear about the DNF. It definitely sounds like you made the right decision.<br><br>
You have a great attitude about this and that will certainly carry you through getting healed up and resuming training.<br><br>
You are an amazing athlete and you will have your BQ before you know it.
 

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All races, whether PR's or DNF's teach us things about ourselves. Good report and details. Part of being a successful runner is knowing when to make those tough decisions hanging it up for another race day. There's plenty of other races for PRing and BQing in your future. Keep us updated on your foot healing progress.
 

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Racing is a weird thing. You train your ass off and then come race day - poof! Weird stuff happens out of the blue. You are a very talented runner with many years of great things ahead.<br><br>
In the meantime, what you describe sounds like the dreaded PF. Rest, ice, and a night boot (the Strassberg sock or something similar) can cure many a case.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Well, if you're not going to be sad, disappointed or discouraged... what fun is that?<br><br>
I guess I'll have to be for you.<br><br>
Thought of you often during my long run today. I'll continue to do so as you pick up, dust off and go off in search of the BQ you know is out there with your name on it.
 
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