Sadly, I was unable to run the San Diego Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon yesterday. Starting around noon on Saturday I started to feel off. I went from feeling pretty great in the morning despite a short night of sleep (we attended a wedding on Friday night and then woke up early for Mike’s ACTIVEx Charity Challenge kickoff workout Saturday morning) to feeling pretty crappy within hours.
By noon, I was begging for a nap and figured that would bring me out of it. When I woke up from the nap, I knew something was wrong – I was achy, hot and then cold, and my stomach was starting to protest. I took my temperature and it was confirmed I had a mild temperature (99.5 at the worst). After doing research on when to call a doctor (over 100.3 from what I read), I just focused on resting and hydrating. By bedtime I was actually feeling better and the temperature was gone so I got my race stuff gathered, decided on a game plan for getting down to the race (Mike would drop me off) and went to bed, hoping for the best. However, in the middle of the night I woke up feeling awful, my fever was back and my stomach officially was NOT right and I knew immediately the race was off.
I couldn’t get back to sleep for about 2 hours and when I crawled into bed at 2 a.m., less than 2.5 hours before my alarm was set to go off, I turned the alarm off and told Mike we weren’t going to the race . It was a hard decision but the best one. I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t predict how my body will react during pregnancy and it certainly was not worth the risk to run the race. Not to mention, even if I were able to complete the race, running 13.1 miles would only further dehydrate and exhaust me.
It’s my first ever DNS (Did Not Show) but it definitely could be worse. I’ve never had the unfortunate experience of coming down with illness or an injury right before a key race (the fact that I’ve been training and racing as hard has I have for 4 years without a single DNS is actually pretty incredible!) and the fact that this was completely a “fun run” race for me made it easier to make the decision. Although I had trained for it, there wasn’t a PR or BQ on the line. Luckily, I wasn’t letting any training partner or running buddy down as I had no close friends or family racing, but I did miss the Oiselle pre-race meet-up.It was a disappointing turn of events as I was really looking forward to the day, but it’s the best decision.
I have no more races on my calendar for this year. That could change but as of now, I have no plans to sign up for anything. I’m almost 100% sure that I’ve never been in this situation – signed up for absolutely nothing – for over 4 years. My hope is that this time away from racing (and probably running soon), will renew my excitement and determination for the next training cycle. I’m looking at it as a mental break!
So what’s next then? I have some plans to keep myself busy and in shape until the baby arrives. I’ll discuss in my next post about my May recap and June goals in more detail, but the first order of business is the 30 day Squat Challenge (join me?!)!
Congrats to all my fellow Rock n’ Blog ambassador, Oiselle Team and all other RnR SD finishers! I hope the day went well for you – I’ll be out there with you next year!
Have you ever had to cancel on a race last minute?