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4/21/17 11:17 A

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I like what Jeriberi said, that all you can do is the best you can do. I remember a race that I spent 4 months training for, only to come down with a flu a week before. I was worried about how this would affect my outcome, but I decided to stick to easy running the last few days before the race. Come race day, I felt rested and recovered, and scored a PR. So, you never know how it will go.

Even if it doesn't go great, doing your best is always something to be proud of.

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5/8/15 9:40 A

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I really like the sentiment shared by MOBYCARP regarding race finishes. He has frequently reminded fellow runners that Last Place Finish (LPF) always finishes ahead of DNF, and DNS. And, there just may be times when Did Not Start is appropriate!

I have been unable to run since March 13. My injury was pretty severe. Given the rehab plan advised, I likely will not truly be ready to run a race until November. I will likely register for some of the races that I ran last fall and either walk them or run/walk them. I enjoy being out there and my fitness buddy really appreciates my presence during races.

Take care of yourself. Hoping you are well enough tomorrow to get out and enjoy your race.

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5/8/15 8:08 A

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I broke my elbow in 2014 slipping on some ice while training for a half marathon and couldnt run for about 6 weeks. It was ironic that the very training I was doing what was caused me to become injured and not run for the race I was training for. However, one I was cleared to start running again, I got back into a schedule and planned to run the half. Running was really hard the first several weeks and I had to learn to lower my expectations and just enjoy running. Not running for so many weeks was so depressing that I forgot how lucky I was to actually run again. It was my slowest half, but in the end I was proud of myself that I had completed it and didnt give up. If you feel well enough to race, do it simply for the enjoyment of the run and dont put any expectations on yourself that might make you upset. If you finish, that is an accomplishment in itself. Injury/illness happen to us all and there may be some years that you cant race or dont race well, but know there are years where everything will click into place. Good luck!

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5/8/15 7:55 A

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All you can do is the best you can do. I got sick with some sort of respiratory thing in December that knocked me out of running for 6 weeks. I'm still working my way back. My races this year have sucked big time. But I don't care. In the big scheme of things, I know it eventually gets better. So don't stress, just fuel with good stuff, and treat yourself kindly. So what if the race isn't exactly what you would like? You could be pleasantly surprised and find that you do better than you had originally expected! Sounds like resting today is the thing to do, though. Just give it your best shot tomorrow, and then it's nothing but up from that point!

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5/8/15 7:33 A

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So tomorrow is my first race in years - just a 5k, but I was hoping for a really strong, fast pace. Then I spent Sunday and Monday in bed not eating. So recovering from illness, trying to refuel, and really bummed.

I did get out and do a couple of SLOW runs this week, and then tried to pick up the pace a little yesterday. Not sure what I'll do today yet - I don't think one more run is going to help, but could hurt at this point, felt kind of weak still yesterday.

I was sick earlier this year but didn't have to stop eating and I was back to training pretty quickly.

So how do you all handle illness and training, with race schedules, etc. For me this is a wake up call that I am overtraining a bit, so I am adjusting some of my stuff, intensity, bed time, diet, etc.

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