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Monday, February 16, 2015

Another marathon bites the dust...

Today I'm linking up with Patty, April and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.
I haven't been to the gym or on a run since last Wednesday, so I was excited to get back to it yesterday. But when I woke up to freezing rain hitting the windows, I knew that probably wouldn't happen.
This was looking out my window. Pure ice baby!
Throughout the day I kept hoping it would stop, so I could drive to the gym. I even thought hey, I'm from KY, I can drive in ice and snow!
But, when I saw this out the window, I decided I should probably just stay inside for the day.
That is the ice covered road (that's not snow, it's ice), and a car being towed by another truck. See the guy sitting on the back of the truck? Not sure what he was doing.
 I was talking to my roommate and telling her how I came to TN to get away from this kind of weather, so it's kinda disappointing. She said it's very rare. Of course it would happen when I'm here!

You better believe one way or another I will get to the gym today. I just might spend all day long there too.

Since I was stuck inside all day today, I had a lot of time to think. And I came to a decision about the Asheville Marathon. I decided I'm not going to run it. It's less than 4 weeks away, and with all the injuries I had to deal with recently, there is no way I could be ready for it.

So, I have set my sights on the Carmel Marathon. It was my very first marathon 2 years ago. Then I ran it again last year. It is still 9 weeks away, I know I can be ready. I'm going to keep training, keep losing weight, and keep praying for NO MORE INJURIES. I have now had to cancel 4 marathons, I will not cancel anymore!

And now for a pretty view outside my window, before the ice came.
 Make sure you come back Thursday for an awesome giveaway!!


Did you get some bad weather yesterday too?
 I'm thankful we didn't get the 9" of snow that KY got!
Have you had to cancel a race before?
Who hasn't, right??
katie
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  1. You sure are visiting at a bad weather week! We haven't had it this bad in a long time. They say the roads are worse today than yesterday. Be safe! I'm sorry about the Ashville Marathon, but you are making the smart choice. Hopefully you will be able to spend the next nine weeks training and getting stronger and you will rock the Carmel Marathon!!

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    1. I've been wondering how the roads are today. Since there is no tv here, I have no idea! Looks like it'll be another day spent inside. My plan is to rock the marathon and hopefully even PR. :) Thanks Jen!

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  2. I have workout DVDs at home in case I'm stuck inside due to weather. They come in handy but I still get a good case of cabin fever. If we get ice in Dallas, I'm stuck inside for 3-4 days every time.

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    1. I do have tons of workout dvd's at my home in KY. I think I'll try to find something on You tube. At least I'll be able to do something! Hopefully I won't be stuck inside longer than 2 days!

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  3. Even though you had a bad weather day, it sounds like it turned out well for you. It gave you time to think and make some decisions about upcoming events and goals. I'm so impressed with your marathon runs and you being able to overcome injuries and such. I have done a few half marathons but a full is on my bucket list. Hopefully one day. Good luck in the Carmel Marathon. I know you'll do great!

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  4. Katie,
    Sounds like a wise choice on the marathon. Ice is worse than snow to drive in so be careful. Hope your day is great.

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  5. Sounds like it was a smart decision to stay inside - icy roads are nothing to mess with! Best of luck at the Carmel Marathon - it's always good to have a back up race like that in case something happens. I actually just had to skip a race - terrible freezing weather over the weekend meant no 5k racing for me!

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    1. That's right. I don't even pretend to be brave enough to drive on ice! Sounds like you made the right decision about the 5k. I would've done the same thing!

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  6. We are in the icy snow mess as well. Definitely better to stay indoors when it is icy. I've had to drop out of a few races due to injury. It's never fun but usually smart. There is always another one to do right? Good luck. #growyourblog

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    1. That's right, there will always be another race. It's best to take care of yourself, even if it's hard!

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  7. I'm in Indy and we had a little more snow than they said we were getting; lately it's been less of what they were forecasting so that was different. It's so cold though but at least it's not like last year for us! (Sorry east coasters!)

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    1. It seems like they rarely get it exactly right, they're always a little off! Oh, last year was terrible! I never want that again.

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  8. I've had to miss out on a couple of races. I was trained and ready for the Surf City Marathon the year I was student teaching and I underestimated the power of kid germs. The day before the race, I could not get out of bed without getting dizzy and ending up on my knees before the toilet bowl. There was no way I was going to make that one. I've missed a few halfs over the years due to illness too, but that full marathon was the most painful by far.

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  9. Safety is always more important than risking your life to get to the gym for a workout. We got 5-6 inches of snow last night, and because I'm in Northern Virginia, the streets are not at all safe right now. School was canceled for today, the federal government is closed, the list goes on. While I want to venture out to the gym so that I can run on the treadmill, I'll definitely have to keep an eye on what the roads look like and make the smart and safe decision later on, no matter how badly it is that I want to run.

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    1. I totally agree, going to the gym is not worth it if it's not safe out there. I waited until this afternoon and the roads looked a lot clearer. I decided to go and I'm glad I did, because the roads were fine. I had already decided if they weren't, I would be turning around and going back home!

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  10. Sometimes it is so frustrating when our plans are foiled! But sometimes it's for a reason! I'm still a new runner and haven't had to cancel any races, but I can understand the disappointment! BTW, I am loving that I found you through the blog hop! I spent a good part of last night reading your past posts! You are awesome! And I had no idea you were 37! I thought you were maybe late 20's! The only bummer about being a blogger and finding cool blogging people is sometimes you find someone you'd want to hang out with IRL that lives so so far away!

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    1. Oh Shayna, you are my new favorite reader! Lol! I wish I was in my late 20's. Thank you, you are so sweet. That's happened to me several times, I really click with someone and we become great friends. But of course we never live close to eachother. But I am still SO thankful for those friendships!

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  11. Safety first for sure!
    I had to cancel my dream marathon last year. But it will be there another year, life doesn't always stay the same.

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    1. Oh, that is so disappointing. But that's right, the race will be there next year!

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  12. sounds like a good idea, though i'm sure it is disappointing. but injury free is better than the alternative that's for sure! good luck on the Carmel Marathon, sounds like a good plan!

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  13. The weather was bad here in Chicago on Sunday but yesterday was OK. It was really cold. I got to pilates and to the gym for my speed work - on foot! I have had to cancel many races for injury or life events. That said, I run 25-30 races a year and have been at it since the mid 90s! One of my tenets for running is if I am injured, I don't race. They have the races every year - do it when you are healthy.

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    1. On foot?! Wow, that's awesome dedication! That's a good plan, their will always be races!!

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  14. Fortunately I have never had to cancel any races. And thanks to my treadmill I purchased this yr I haven't had to cancel any runs either due to inclimate weather. -L

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    1. I hope you never do have to cancel any races! I never want to cancel another one. I do have a treadmill at home that I use A LOT. But I'm not at home this month, so it's either the gym or nothing! Thankfully I made it to the gym today and the roads were clear. :)

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  15. So should I not tell you how amazing our weather is here in Northern California Katie? We are in the 70's all last week and now. I have had to cancel a race do to a family thing in the past and I was bummed out.
    Here from #Growyourblog and a follower

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    1. Yea....you should probably keep that info to yourself Lynda! That will make me insanely jealous!
      I think I'm going to move to CA. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Awe man, I'm sorry you've been cooped up! Look at it this way, maybe the break will do your body good and help with some of the injuries you've been dealing with. I hope that you're able to get out the door today!

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  17. We all have to cancel races... I think its smart to listen to your body...
    Julie said the ice was insane down there... so dangerous. I'd rather have snow then ice actually. I fall easily in ice :)

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  18. I think you're making the best decision. As least you have a back-up!
    Hope you get to the gym today! Stay safe!

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  19. Ice-covered roads are so scary! I'm from Ohio originally, so I know that those cold days are the worst! Of course, I then moved to Nevada and went from one kind of extreme weather to another! Now that I'm settled in Florida, I'm thankful that I can have the best of both worlds (hot on some days, cool on others). I hope it warms up for you soon!

    I had to skip a half marathon at Disney World last year, thanks to the flu that kept me down for a couple of weeks. I was pretty bummed out for awhile, but it really helped push me to just keep my training up so I can try again this year. :)

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    1. They are so scary! I would love to live in FL. I'd be fine if I never saw snow or ice again.
      Having to skip a Disney race would be so disappointing. I'm glad you kept on training though and get to run it this year!

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  20. I'm sorry you're having to cancel a race due to injury. That sucks. I had to cancel my first marathon due to injury. Bad ITB issues I never took the time to take care of and it took my out of my first marathon. I was devastated at first. But I took the time to rest, regroup, learn what to do to prevent the issues from coming back. I've since run 18 marathon+ races and getting ready for #19 next weekend. You will get back out there and you will be great!

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that you were able to come back from that and have now done so many! Have a great time next weekend!!

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  21. This is going to sound awful, but I wish we could get some of that weather! Out west here in Utah we are so dry, I mean it's February and we should be covered in snow, not already fighting wildfires, super crazy weather!
    Anyhow, I totally understand your decision to cancel the marathon. I did the exact same thing just last week with the one I was planning next month. I realized I just wanted more time to be ready.
    I haven't decided which will be the first one I choose, but Carmel is actually on my shortlist:) I'll let you know if I am going to be there, I'd love to meet up with you at the start if I am:)

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  22. Good luck with your marathon. Making tough decisions aren't fun, but if it's what you need to do, that good on you for making it.

    Although we don't get many ice storms here, we got our fair share of snow. Getting a foot in 24 hours happens at least a couple times every winter. Some days it's just not worth it to leave the house until the conditions on the roads improve.

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    1. I agree, I hate driving in it, and don't get out if I don't have to! Thankfully today the roads cleared up so I was able to. Thanks Fiona!

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  23. Sorry you've been frozen rained in! I hope it clears up soon so you can get back to training for your marathon!

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    1. It actually cleared up this afternoon, so I was able to get to the gym! :)

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  24. Oh man! That just stinks. Sorry about all the horrible weather. You probably don't want to hear this but it was 80 in Arizona this weekend. We are getting crazy weather too for February but it's in the warm sense vs the cold! Hope you'll be back to training very soon and all that ice melts away.

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    1. Wow, that's crazy! Ok, I need to either move to FL or AZ. Thanks Amanda!

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  25. Our weather hasn't been bad in Florida- lots of rain today though and yes I have run thru it but no snow for this runner! I hope you got that gym trip in that you wanted!

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    1. Snow is just not my thing, I'd rather run on the tm. I did get my gym trip in. The roads cleared up and I no problems getting there!

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  26. Sounds like a good thing that you cancelled if you aren't ready. No sense in pushing it if you're not totally ready. Ice is such a pain! Lucky for us here in the Kansas City area we haven't been hit with any major ice for a while. Really, we've been having a weirdly mild winter while everyone else gets slammed.

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    1. You're so lucky you haven't been getting any of this weather!

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  27. Yeahhhhh, I really was not a fan of those 9" of snow (currently living in KY! ;_; ).Spring, you can come any day now. ;_; I feel ya on being able to get to the gym! Both of mine have been closed because of the snowpocalypse, so my exercise today consisted of running around my apartment and also shoveling a bunch of snow off of my car/kicking down the mountain of snow behind it. :x

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    1. Oh you poor thing! I'm very glad I'm not in KY right now. I agree, come on Spring!! Sounds like you still got a great workout in.

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  28. I think skipping Asheville and focusing on Carmel instead is a smart decision for you and your body.

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  29. We have over 5 feet of snow here right now, I am SO over the Winter--so I feel you! I am really glad I ran Boston last year and not this year because I would never get any training in outdoors with this weather! I think that your Carmel marathon sounds great!! Keep up the great work training!

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  30. WOW! I have never seen ice like that where I'm from. We do ice over sometimes but it's usually black ice we can't see it.I have a cousin and aunt who just moved to TN about 6 months ago from Minnesota. They too where trying to get away from the weather! I'm glad to hear it's not regular! Good luck on the marathon. I hope it all goes well and no more injuries!

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    1. Black ice is scary! I hope this all ends soon and we can go back to normal TN weather. Thank you!

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  31. I haven't had to cancel a race yet, but I've been really fortunate not to have any injuries. We got bad weather yesterday at home but we we're actually away in Seattle (came home today) and didn't have t deal with it.

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    1. That's great that you haven't had any injuries or cancellations. I hope it stays that way! Glad you didn't have to deal with any of this craziness!

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  32. Ice Day! Nope, it just doesn't have the same ring as Snow Day. I feel your pain. We get ice storms here in Texas too. Good luck making it out.

    I have had several cancellations, but they were usually due to my lack of training or over booking on races and just being too tire. Luckily I have never had a race cancellation due to an injury. Knock on wood. Good luck getting past this injury and getting to the Carmel Marathon healthy.

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    1. No, it sure doesn't! I actually made it out. Thankfully the roads were all cleared off. Thanks Ima!

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  33. I'm so glad it doesn't snow, like so happy.
    But we have had some really hot days lately. Which has mean I've had to re schedule a lot of my runs to make way for the heat.
    I've never had a race that has been cancelled due to weather, but I have had a dns due to be severely sick, and that was spartan race last year.

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    1. You're so lucky!! I would take heat anyday over snow/ice. I hope you get to do Spartan this year!

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  34. I don't want to rub it in...but the weather in Vancouver has been fantastic! Sunny and beautiful, while the rest of Canada is in a deep freeze!

    I nearly had to miss a half marathon. My mom was diagnosed with cancer and I went home to spend final weeks with her. I asked for a deferral, but the race organizers declined. I had some precious time with my mom before she passed away, spent some time with dad managing all the final arrangements, and then came home. The half marathon was 2 days later, and I decided to run it anyway, with very little training under my belt, but to honour my mom's memory. Best decision I could have made.

    I wish you much success in the Carmel Marathon - looks like you had a great time the last time you ran! :-)

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    1. Thanks a lot Bradley. You're so lucky! Wow, that's awesome that you still ran your half, and did it in your mom's honor. I'm sure that was a very emotional race. And one you'll never forget.
      Thank you!

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  35. We had about 8 inches of snow! Our first substantial snowfall here in DC since we lived here! The boys loved getting outside to go sledding! Last summer I had to defer 3 half marathons because of an injury, so I feel your pain, but you are making the right decision!

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    1. I'm sure your boys loved getting out in it! Not me, I'll just sit inside and wish it was warm. :)
      I can't wait to hear about your Paris marathon!

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  36. Fortunately we missed the snow/ice THIS TIME, although it is super cold! We will be getting down to about -10 tonight. I think you were very smart to pass on the marathon and focus on another one, I once went into a marathon I knew I wasn't ready for and it was so frustrating and such a disaster I swore off marathons for five years. I also think that mental preparation is so important, and if you went into Asheville with a less-than-ready mental state, that would get to you too. Good luck in nine weeks!

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    1. That's great that you missed all the snow and ice. I can't even imagine what -10 feels like! I hope I never have to know. :)
      I know what you mean. Being mentally prepared is just as important as being physically prepared. Thanks Mike!

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  37. Luckily where I live, I have only had to worry about ice on the road once in my entire life! The most I have to worry about around here is heavy rain and a rare hail storm.
    I really hate when injuries or sickness mess with your training routine! I was finally getting back into the workout groove last week when I got seriously sick for a few days! It is the worst!

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    1. Sounds like you live in a great place!! It is hard when those things get in the way of our plans. I hope you're feeling better now!

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  38. I'm in Utah, we would love any type of cold weather but it's not happening for us! I usually use the Nike Training App when I'm stuck at home or can't make it out for a workout. It's an awesome app, that doesn't usually require any type of equipment and can make you reeeally sore (in a good way!). That sucks you had to cancel your marathon, but 9 weeks will be here in no time!

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    1. I'm surprised Utah isn't getting any! Ohhh, I'll have to check out that app. Sounds like it's just what I need!

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  39. I hate ice. Snow I can deal with, but ice sucks. Of course, here it got warm enough to just start melting things and now we are heading back into deep freeze, which means ice everywhere.

    Sounds like a good call on the marathon. I have one at the beginning of May and the weather is doing everything it can to prevent me from training.

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  40. Yikes that is some nasty weather! I had to sneak in my run today because even in Florida, the high temp is only going to be in the 40s tomorrow! I'm running the Asheville Half but I've been struggling with a calf strain, so I'll probably do a run/walk interval thing and hope I don't aggravate it any worse. Good luck on your training and thanks for linking up with us!

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  41. Ice is certainly nothing to mess with since it is not very forgiving! I hope that your training goes well for the next 9 weeks. I had to defer my fall marathon last year. I was really upset about it but it ended up being for the best and I was able to give my body plenty of time to heal and recover. It's something a runner never wants to do but I think the majority of us have been there. Good luck!

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  42. can't believe how COLD it is there! sending you warmth from CA!! :)

    xo welltraveledwife.com

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