Saturday, October 23, 2010

It’s Official

My qualifying time of 3:42 has been verified and my name has been added to the formal entry list! (Just cause you registered doesn’t mean you’re in. You’re not in ‘til you’re IN).

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As I sit here not being able to walk it is hard to imagine running this race in 176 days.

This entry verification is what I need to stay focused and optimistic. To get to the bottom of this injury and to heal into a faster, stronger and smarter runner.

Timeline

  1. Tonight: Drink beer and eat wings (it is Saturday night after all).
  2. Next 2-3 weeks: Crutches. No weight on left leg at all. Possible swimming with a buoy. Oprah. Drive thrus. Ass growth. Unsolicited bouts of crying.
  3. Mid November: Introduce water running, swimming, walking, maybe cycling.
  4. January 1st: Walk/running.
  5. January 15: Start marathon training. By far my shortest training cycle (12 weeks), but it’s what I can do.

This is my wish list timeline. I could have setbacks. I could not heal swiftly. My doc seems to think I can run Boston and I’m going with that until further notice. I need to believe.

It’s kind of like a birth plan when you have a baby. You hope to high hell you don’t crap the delivery table or spew profanities at your husband or forget to breathe or wait too long to get the epidural or take drugs at all if you don’t want to. But on the day itself you have to be willing to surrender to reality for the health of you child, whatever that is. Best advice my doc ever gave me was to have a plan, but realize it might not go just so. Because much to my chagrin I did crap and I did spew and I did do drugs.

About running the marathon: “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering

About the crutches and injury: “I never thought it was humanly possible, but this both sucks and blows.” – Bart Simpson

Blowing and sucking,

SUAR

36 comments:

  1. I'm pretty damn excited for you. Concentrate on recovery and you will rock Boston!!

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  2. Hoping for a very fast and complete recovery!! You go, girl!

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  3. I am going to believe and act as if it were impossible to fail too! I'm going to try blowing and sucking as well. What does SUAR mean? I'm embarrassed I don't know.

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  4. SUAR means shup up and run you moron. I was thinking... see u a (the) race. I suppose I am oybb.

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  5. Like the timeline. If your smart it is TOTALLY realistic. I think you could walk even before January 1st and be light running by then but only if you take it easy now. Also, Ass growth and unsolicited bouts of crying...LOL! You can afford a little ass growth-me on the other hand...This junk in the trunk is slowing me down!! Congrats on seeing your name on the entry list! Every tear, every tantrum will be worth running the Boston marathon-I GUARANTEE it! Good luck!

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  6. Awesome timeline! And congrats on getting in on the Boston boat for 2011...both on qualifying and registering in time. The swimming with a buoy has actually served me well the past 9 weeks of injury...definitely not running or even close to the feeling but it is good for some calorie burning and keeping your ass from blowing up too much. :)

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  7. i hope that your injury heals up real fast and you have a great 12 week training time!! excited for you!!

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  8. Yay for officially being registered! :)

    I think that sounds like a great timeline! I've heard great things about water running. Have you been to Dr.Tri Runner's blog (http://www.drtrirunner.com/). She's been using it as rehab too.

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  9. You crack me up! And the birthing story sounds all too familiar. Best wishes with all the breathing. (sucking and blowing ;)

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  10. Good luck! i'm pulling for a fast and quick recovery!

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  11. Congrats on being IN officially and fingers crossed that everything goes accoridng to the wish list timeline!

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  12. It's all about having a plan. Knowing you, you will be able to follow it and get to Boston.
    Blowing and sucking, eh? hmmmm.

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  13. I love the Birthing Plan analogy. so true.

    you got a good plan. let's see what happens for you. it'll happen;)

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  14. Sounds like a great plan to me! Nice to see the entry is all "official"- nothing like a race for motivation for sure!

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  15. Most amazing inspirational blogger award goes to you!!! I'm on the injured list too sister! Maybe we should start an email chain?! Lol!

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  16. Ah the Boston marathon - the Gucci handbag of racing - not any better than the Marine Corps, NYC, Chicago, San Diego, or various other marathons, but since it's "exclusive", it is oh so special.

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  17. Great game plan! And the birth plan is what everyone should have.

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  18. Please don't crap on race day. That would make for embarrassing finish line photos. Congrats and recover!

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  19. Yeah, Beth, there's no reason not to believe that this will work. Stay positive and follow the plane. In the famous words of the waterboy, YOU CAN DOOOOOO IT!

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  20. gah i haven't been verified yet and it's making me nervous!

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  21. Beth - I can't wait to follow this road to Boston with you (since my slow rear is never going). I think the hardest thing about healing is staying off it and letting your body do the work and coming back too soon. Your plan sounds great. But until then, thanks for keeping us laughing... WITH you, not at you, of course!

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  22. Your plan sounds good and realistic! Congrats on being verified!

    You've got the right attitude - you will do it!

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  23. Looks like a solid plan to me.

    I honestly didn't know how the whole verification of times went. But, I guess how they do it seems to make the most sense. Get your $130 and THEN see if you qualify. :)

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  24. I did not get in...I was planning my Dads funeral and it sold out. SUCKS!

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  25. Yes, believe. Believe it and you'll do it!
    Congrats on getting in!

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  26. The fact that i got to cuss at my husband and not be held accountable was the only silver lining to the whole dang labor process. :) Good luck with your time line hope you heal quick,fast and in hurry
    And Congrats on getting into Boston!!. :)

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  27. i'm anxiously awaiting my confirmation...it's killing me!

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  28. Denise mentioned your blog to me over the weekend, and I wanted to stop by. Sorry to read of your injury - here's to quick healing!

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  29. So, did you get an email telling you that your time had been verified? B/c I'm not on the list yet when I search and I promise I qualified less than a month ago on a certified course listed in their drop-down menu with online results available, and I'm not pulling any funny age stuff (like diff age on race day from qualifying day). Now I'm scared that I'm not verified. I see some friends from other qualifying marathons also aren't listed yet. First Boston and I'm super-excited and nervous about making sure I'm in. Since it sounds like you have a solid recovery plan (and a confirmed entry), I have no doubt you'll toe the line. Congrats!

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  30. Crap - seriously?!?! I'm not in till I'm in. Why is boston so difficult?!

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  31. Love the quotes. And your attitude about your timeline. I'll start prayin' things go according to plan.

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  32. Excited for you! If anyone can do it in 12 weeks - YOU can!

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

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