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Race Result

Racer: Anne Pastorkovich
Race: Abebe Bikila Day Half Marathon
Date: Monday, September 1, 2008
Location: Alexandria, VA
Race Type: Run - Half Marathon
Age Group: Female 40 - 44
Time: (DNF)
Comment: I've never DNF'ed before...

Race Report:

...but I should never have started, either.

I was not feeling up to snuff from the first step.

Still, I love the course and I didn't want to miss out.

I have a calf injury. It caused me to scratch from discus at this weekend's Potomac Valley Games. Scratching from discus upset me, because I was studying all the good DVDs and doing drills and expected to do better than I had before.

Said boo boo shorted my shotput and weight throw even shorter than they usually are! ;-)

It started to drive me nuts around mile 5 today - really nuts. Rather than risk further injury, I decided discretion is the better part of valor. I was angsting, because I've never dropped out of a race I started. Never having been in the DNF column (and usually being one of the people who ends up helping out runners in distress), I was really thankful for the nice, helpful volunteers.

See, be nice to volunteers: you may need their help someday, too! ;-)

Got some ice on it e'en now as I type this. Still, I must say: I ran this race last year (and finished) and I highly, highly recommend the race. Abebe Bikila, the iconic Ethiopian marathoner, deserves his own event and this, friends, is IT. I enjoyed it so much last year that I actually was one of the sponsors for the race this year!

Looking forward to not having a bum calf in 09.

P.S. After the race, the docs confirmed I did indeed have a very messed up calf. Actually, I injured not one, but three muscles and a tendon. Owww. That bought me three weeks with zero miles run, although I was able to swim and bike (on relative flat). I will be a scratch from the Army Ten Miler, the Marine Corps Marathon, and I even scratched from the Taylor Love Sprint Triathlon to avoid the temptation to run. I have to restart from low mileage, which I am doing now. On the up side, I worked on my swim stroke. And having returned to running this week, my calf feels great and my form feels relaxed. It is only 5K - 10K for me for the rest of 2008 and I plan to heal up and run very few races until I feel close to 100%.