The Third Time Is The Charm

This Sunday is the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, my third attempt at the race.  The first year, 2012, I was selected via the lottery for the run.  However, I injured myself a week before the race and did not start (my first DNS).  Last year, I was battling crippling shin splints and hoped to make it to my goal race, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, which was taking place a couple weeks after the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, injury-free.  But, because I was selected in the lottery and had that awful DNS from the previous year, I was determined to run.  So, I started the race and immediately knew it was a bad idea.  Each step nearly brought tears to my eyes; by mile 4.5 I did have tears in my eyes.  For some reason, I wanted to “tough” it out and not quit.  I realized though as I neared the entrance to Hains Point that I wouldn’t be able to continue running and to try to finish was ridiculous.  Each step threatened the Nike Women’s Half Marathon which was my “A” race so when I hit mile marker 5, I stopped running and ducked into a port-o-potty to cry.  I’ve never quit a race mid-run and wasn’t sure what to do so I took off my bib and threw it away.  I hobbled to the car park and cried while I waited for my husband to finish.  I was more upset about the DNF than the DNS.  I told my husband that I just wasn’t mean to run the Cherry Blossom so I didn’t even plan to enter the lottery for this year’s race.  However, the day before the deadline, a friend emailed to ask if I wanted to join her team registration for the lottery.  I figured my odds of getting in for a third year were slim to none so I said yes.  Imagine my surprise when we were selected in the lottery!

2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

2014 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run

The third time is the charm. This is the year I crush the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler!

2014 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

I'm in!

I’m in!

I’m in!

I hadn’t planned to enter the lottery, but a friend invited me to join as part of her team.  So, I did.  A part of me hoped that I would not get selected, but once I received the email this morning, I was elated.  I guess I did care.  That’s a lie.  I KNOW that I care and that, deep down, I wanted the opportunity to run this race again.  You see, I was selected via lottery to run the 10 miler in 2012 (or maybe 2011?), but couldn’t run due to injury.  I didn’t even start!  This year, I had some nagging shin issues going into the race, but I was confident that I would not only start, but finish.  And, guess what?  I had to stop at mile 6.  The pain was simply too intense that even walking had become a problem.  The 2013 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler was my first DNF.  Boo.  Hiss.

So.  I have some unfinished business for next year’s race.  I’ll start strong and healthy – and injury-free – and I’ll finish the same way.

Let’s do this!