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Crash & Burn – the 50k That Wasn’t

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Now that the heartache has begun to pass, it is time to post.

I love trails.

It is that simple. They are my happy place. They take me back to pleasant parts of my childhood where I would wander off into the woods for hours. I’d run blissfully through the trees, build weird forts, and enjoy nature. 

Yes, trail running is a perfect match for me.

Last year, the prospect of a 50k seemed ridiculous but once I had decided to run a marathon, a 50k didn't seem like a far stretch.

Truth be told – once I had given myself over to the idea, 50k became my primary goal. The marathon was nothing more than a training run between me and it. I didn't share my 50k goals with many. In fact, the only person that was aware that 50k was my main focus was Cindy and that was because of the miles she put in with me.

With the marathon behind me, I cannot begin to express just how excited I was about actually running the Rosaryville Veteran’s Day 50k held here, in Maryland. Hell, I even had shirts made (Thank you, Jenny and Ryan) to commemorate the event at a 10k the day following the 50k.
Photo Credit: Jenny Seth of ARS

I also had stickers made – thank you, Kevin – and had an awesome Ultra Runner shirt, which I refused to wear until it is earned.
Photo Credit: Kevin from Kevin Runs Ultras
Race day came and I was overjoyed. I had rice crispy treats and my drop bag at the ready. My hydration vest was filled and my Garmin was charged. Naturally, we shot a ton of pre-race photos.

Before I knew it, I was standing at the starting line and with a very anticlimactic, “OK Go,” we were off – me in the lead, Cindy behind me, and our friend, Melissa, rounding out the three musketeers.
I was mentally IN THE GAME – I HAD THIS! I was in my zone. We were laughing and enjoying the cool day. The miles were buzzing by.
Photo Credit: Jon M. Valentine
Then shortly before completing our first lap, I rolled my ankle.

It wasn't one of those rolls where you stop for a second and realize your fine…it was one of those rolls that are accompanied by a pop and cause you to walk a bit to assess the situation. It hurt but I thought I could still get through.

I was wrong. Once I reached a section of downhill I knew it wasn't looking good for me. Apparently the look on my face said it all.

At the aid station we wrapped it in hopes that the support from the ace bandage would allow me to continue forward.

No such luck.

Twelve miles in and I was done.
Smiling through the heartache.
Photo Credit: Kit Yan  

I can only equate it as being like going through a really bad break up. My heart was crushed. I was sad and angry and disappointed and frustrated.

I spent the weekend sulking.

OK…maybe a little longer than that. To be frank, I was ready to throw in the towel and clear the 2015 calendar of absolutely anything running related and I must admit that the thought still crosses my mind.

Despite that, I am getting back out there again. My race calendar starts early into the new year so my mileage needs to get back up and I need to rebuild ankle strength. There is a great deal of work ahead. 

Now I have to ask, have you ever gotten injured during a race? What did you do to bounce back?

Love, The Broken Hearted Blogger - Theresa




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18 comments on "Crash & Burn – the 50k That Wasn’t"
  1. I've never been injured during a race. But, I have twice been sidelined after the 2012 & 2013 MCM. I was out 18 & 16 weeks consecutively which required me to miss running through the winter. I split my workouts up between weights, indoor spinning and outdoor cycling when weather permitted. This year I was injured three weeks before MCM and had to drop out. I was disappointed sure but I knew this to would pass. The doctors orders were to rest four weeks in which I smiled then laughed a little. Four weeks was nothing after the past two years. I found my Silver Lining I will now be able to train/run through the winter, yeah! Sure you were disappointed, angry, upset but after those emotions have passed it's time for a plan. Rest, heal, hit the weights, do yoga anything to maintain some fitness. When you are all healed the pavement and trails will always welcome you and so will your Strider's family! Cheer up you live to run another day :-)

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    1. Thank you, Dennis. I'm getting there. The rehab stinks and by pace is off but I'm putting one foot in front of the other again. :-)

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  2. So sorry to read about your experience, Theresa. That's really tough. But well done for getting back out there and best of luck with your recovery and your next ultra :)

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    1. Thank you, Hannah! Hasn't been easy but I'm getting there. Shooting for a February one but if the weather doesn't look promising, I'm sure I can find a spring one to tackle.

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  3. Fortunately I have never gotten injured running a race but if it happened I would be extremely upset. My good friend Rod loves trail running, I can't get my head around the uneven ground surface. I hope you are healed. #wowlinkup

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    1. Thank you! The uneven surfaces take time to adapt to but the ground is less impact on joints and the variation in terrain helps keep you from getting bored.

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  4. OMG I am so sorry, I can only imagine how disappointed you must have been. I hope you heal quickly and get another chance soon! #wowlinkup

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    1. Thank you, Toni! Getting there one mile at a time. Had my first "happy" 5 miler this morning since the injury.

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  5. oh I am so sorry for you. To have trained so hard and then have this happen really sucks. You know you can do it though and you will. Trail running is not my thing. I tripped on a trail run a few weeks ago and my ankle still hurts. It's dangerous out there! Speedy recovery!
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    1. Thank you. Already working on my come back. Had a pain free and happy 5 mile run this morning. I'll be back on the trails soon.

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  6. Oh I am so sorry that the 50K didn't work out. I love running trails but always turn my ankle at one point or another...hopefully you are feeling better! Kudos to you for toughing it out for as long as you did. #wowlinkup

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    1. Bouncing back. Setting my sites on another 50k to help keep me motivated.

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  7. Stupid. Freaking. Ankle. I'm so sorry that this race didn't workout for you, but you've got a great base and you're a strong runner. Your ultra is right around the corner. Don't give up on it. Focus on the new one and let this one go. Hey...ALLL the great ultra runners have a DNF. You just got yours out of the way :)

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    1. Never looked at it that way. I just hopped it would be at a longer distance. LOL.

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  8. Oh my gosh I'm so sorry to hear about your ankle! I definitely would be sulking for longer than a weekend! Glad you're getting back out there and hope you have a smooth recovery! #wowlinkup

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    1. So far so good. Rehab exercises are rough but paying off. First pain free happy 5 miles since the sprain.

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  9. Aw I'm so sorry to hear about your injury, but how great to know you're already mentally prepared for an ultra! You'll rock it next time for sure.

    In my second marathon, an IT-Band injury got me just over halfway into the race. It was frustrating to feel like my body had been through a marathon even though I didn't finish :( I definitely know how you are feeling right now. But, you'll get back! Excited to keep following you and hear how things go once you recover!

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  10. Thank you!! This has been my first full week back on track. Ten miles was tough today but I'm happy to at least be getting back to it. Thank you so much for following.

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