Ever since last week's great run in Denver, I've been feeling some pretty bad shin pain. I took it easy all week and then tried a run on Sunday. Ouch. I only made it about 2 miles before things got bad. A couple of x-rays showed a teeny-tiny bump that the doctor tells me is most likely a stress fracture. The cure – REST! More rest. That's not in the marathon training program. So, I've decided it's time to let this one go. I'm disappointed and angry. I've put over 370 miles of training into this! But I'm also feeling a lot of relief. I'm letting go of my goal, but I'm also letting go of a lot of stress. I'm looking forward to having more time, more sleep, a better attitude and a pain-free body. I'll get back to running soon. And I'll be there to cheer Nate on as he crosses the finish line. But I'm going to sleep in that day.


Anonymous said...

Dissapointing I'm sure, but a wise decision.

Kejama! said...

What a bummer - but you're one smart lady to let it go. Maybe it will make you feel better to know that you inspired me to start running at the gym... and I actually enjoy it! My legs have felt like jelly for about a week now, but it's a good feeling :) Thanks for being my inspiration Steph!

Walter's mom said...

Thanks, guys!

Kelli, that means a lot to me! Good luck with your running. Can't wait to see you in a couple weeks!

Becky said...

I'm sorry! Just remember you already completed 1 marathon. This means you will have more time to spend with Walter that day :)

Barb Bredel said...

Sorry you're done, happy you're relatively pain and stress free, proud of your decision. There's always another marathon, there's not always another shin.