Race Week : When Everything Went Wrong

How's that for a dramatic title?  Today is the day I was supposed to run the Pittsburgh 10 Miler, but (spoiler) I didn't make it to the starting line.  Keep reading to hear what went wrong!


4 miles
I was thinking of taking this day off, but ran anyway because I wanted to hit 87 miles for the month (to match September).  I felt really good and just took this run easy before work.


Yoga / 45:00
I usually go to yoga on Tuesdays, but I had a meeting scheduled during lunch.  This is such a busy time at work that I haven't been able to take a lunch in what seems like forever!  There always seems to be a meeting scheduled so I have to sneak in lunch whenever I can.


3 miles
Another easy and slow run, with some striders thrown in there to stretch out my legs.  Felt good!  On this day, I was also asked to work on Saturday night/Sunday morning.  We have testing to do on a new app feature, so I had to be on call in case anything went wrong.  Race day is Sunday morning, so I was a little worried about having to stay up late on Saturday, but what can you do?


Rest Day
I was feeling great and actually had an entire lunch break from work.  Everything was going great until around 2:00 when I started to feel really sick all of a sudden.  I won't go into too much detail, but I'm pretty sure that I had food poisoning, and my amazing husband left work to save me and take me home.  I went directly to bed and didn't move the rest of the night...


Rest Day
...or the entire day Friday.  I also couldn't keep any food down, so I mostly had liquids and some toast.


Rest Day
I had so many plans for Saturday- a housewarming for Sarah, lunch with a friend, packet pickup for the race, and a surprise party for my best friend who was visiting from out of town.  I was feeling better, but I felt like I had no energy and could barely even get out of bed!  I ended up eating to get some strength back and staying in to watch the Penn State game.  I also skipped the packet pickup and decided not to run the race.


Race Day!
Big fat DNS for me.  I was sad to miss my favorite race that I've run every single year since it started, but I figured it was for the best.  I know that I could have made myself run the race, but I really just didn't feel like running and possibly dropping out.  I've never started a race and not finished, so I knew that if I started running I would have made myself finish and possibly get even more sick.  

So there you have it.  No race, and breaking my streak for the 10 Miler.  I'm disappointed, but I think taking the rest of the year off will be good for me.  I'll be sharing more about my thoughts on the year and my burnout tomorrow!


  1. Oh no! I'm so sorry you were sick and had to miss the race, but it sounds like you made the right decision! Hopefully getting some extra rest was just what you needed and you're feeling better.

  2. Such a bummer to break a race streak but it definitely sounds like you made the right call! I'm sure your body is thanking you for the extra rest and I hope you get back to normal soon!

  3. Hope this week starts off better for you!
    Food poisoning comes out of nowhere :(
    I graduated from Penn State...that was a great game Saturday!

  4. definitely made the right choice but major bummer you weren't feeling good!! :(

    PS i'll be back in town next week! hangouts?!

  5. Don't beat yourself up. Things happen. I understand your disappointment, but sometimes it's good to say "no".

  6. Oh no! I hope you're feeling better :( We'll be sure to have you and Dan over for dinner soon so you can see the house!

  7. Oh no! You poor thing! Food poisoning is awful but I am so glad you realised you needed to say no and give your body some extra rest as your body would have needed it!

    Huge hugs to you! <3

  8. oh no, you poor thing!! that sucks, but you probably made the right choice. don't want to make yourself feel worse!

  9. Aww, I know you love that race and are disappointed that you had to miss it, but between being sick and what surely must be fatigue from all the overtime, it was definitely the right decision!


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