Tuesdays on the Run with April, Patty, and Erika.
If you're a long-time reader, you might know which race this will be. If you're new, my worst race was the 2014 Disney World half marathon. It's my worse race because everything was against me, from training to weather to mood, it's one of those races I'd like a do-over, starting with maybe even signing up.
Let's rewind a little bit. In 2013, I was signed up to do the Eugene half marathon that April, and training was going very well until mid-March, when I was hit with the dreaded ITBS. I was able to push through the rest of training and PR at the half, but my right leg blew up. Even with all that, I figured with rest, foam rolling and stretching, I would be able to do the 2014 Disney World half and I signed up when registration opened.
Speed up and not only was my ITBS still present, it got worse over the fall, even after switching shoes, seeing a chiropractor (who did fix a lot of other issues), even walking during training. I couldn't run more than 2 miles without being hit with excruciating pain. But I signed up for the half, so I was doing the race. Shows how stupid I can be when my stubborn streak kicks in.
So I walked. I walked the entire 13.1 miles at Disney and I didn't enjoy it one bit. After seeing the 10k medals, I was kicking myself for not doing the 10k instead. I was having fun with family and friends, having fun in the parks, but all I wanted was for the race to be over. The weather was so humid, it was awful. My fingers swelled up to sausages and I was desperate for salt on the course. My leg was heavily taped, but that still didn't prevent it from bothering me during the second half of the course. But I finished!
My time was awful! I came in just under 16 minutes a mile, but I did it. It's the bad experiences that teaches us about perseverance and I learned I could still complete 13.1 miles when everything was against me. It certainly wasn't fun, and I know it'll be a while before I do another half. Now that I'm now just coming back from ITBS, I'm finding the fun in running again. I'll do a race when I'm ready, but I'm enjoying being back at it.