The Marathon That Wasn’t

Let’s talk about the knee.

Guys, I have some sad news. And, if you read me regularly or follow me on DailyMile, I am sure that this comes as no surprise in light of my wicked abysmal mileage. I’m shooting for 10 miles this week and I’ll be thrilled!

My point? The Denver Rock ‘n Roll marathon is out. Of course, I am already registered and September 22 has been blocked out on my calendar for months. However, this knee stuff really jacked up my training. I got as far as 16 mile runs back in late July and was so proud of myself that I was ahead of schedule and going into the marathon extra prepared. But then, GTIS happened.

I went to the doctor last week and finally received some medical advice. They took some Xrays straight off to make sure that I didn’t have any fractures hanging out. Luckily, my bones are nice and sturdy!

Not a crack to be found!

However, that didn’t explain  my knee pain. The doc told me to take the rest of the week off of everything other than cycling (rowing got kicked out also!) and then try a test run on Sunday. I was convinced that my knee would be excruciating still since that had been the previous pattern, but miraculously, the shooting pain had stopped!

I’ve tentatively started re-using it this week but my runs are no longer than 2 miles at a time. While the shooting pain in my knee has disappeared, the aches are still very noticeable. Even as I sit here and type, I can “feel” my left knee. Does that make any sense?

The doc also told me that an MRI may be order this week if the pain continued. Since the stabs seemed to have stopped, I haven’t gone in for a second visit, and am really starting to believe that I just severely pulled a tendon in my knee. I’m taking it easy for the rest of the week to see if the pain continues to subside. I’m thinking that I’m finally on the mending path, which makes me very happy!

This doesn’t pertain in the least…but I bought new snowpants for ski season and I LOVE them! And, I needed another picture 🙂

However, it does mean that a marathon is most definitely not in the cards right now. I can’t even run 3-4 miles, let alone 26.2! It makes me sad, and I am very disappointed. I spent so much of my summer invested in this damn race and it is very frustrating to just watch it disappear. I could handle it better if I DNF’d the race, but I’m not even getting to toe the starting line. Major bummer.

You know what this does mean though? I’m skipping the 26.2 mile distance entirely. Instead, I’m going to be jumping from 13.1 miles to 29.2 without a single marathon in between. Originally, RnR Denver was going to be my entrance into 20+ mile runs and act as a prep distance for Haiti in January. Obviously, that’s not going to happen, and with me starting from scratch in October, another marathon between now and January is a big fat negative. Sigh.

You know what would probably help make me feel better about this? A donation to my Haiti fund 🙂 I am seriously SO CLOSE y’all. I know this link doesn’t show it (lots of my other donations were via the website), but I’m within $150 of my total goal. And it would for reals make me feel better about missing my first marathon. Don’t you want to make me smile?!


Share…how many DNS (did not start) races have you had in your life?
This will be my third this year! I didn’t start a snowshoe race last November because of an asthma attack, and I chose to run on my own instead of doing a local half marathon this past July.

Like my snowpants?!


  • Reply Jen at

    So sorry about your knee! I have bad knees myself and recently visited my doctor on Monday. At least you are listening to your body and doing what’s best for you so you don’t injure yourself anymore. And I LOVE your snowpants. My husband’s BFF lives in Breck so I hope to visit and check out the slopes soon!

  • Reply Alyssa at

    Oh man, that sucks! How disappointing! I feel awful for you. But, eyes on the prize, the 29 mile run in Haiti is still on and that’s your main goal, right? I’ve only DNS’d twice that I can remember, once when a hurricane canceled the race and once when Kara got stomach flu so I couldn’t do a race near her house. I guess I’ve been pretty lucky, hopefully the streak continues! Good luck!

    • Reply Colorado Gal at

      It is my main goal, although another distance race beforehand would have been awesome. Maybe I’ll be able to find another half marathon around Christmas or something at least. Sigh.

    • Reply Kara at

      I love that I’m ranked with a hurricane here. 🙂

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It at

    Dang it. I just hate that stupid pot hole screwed everything up for you!! If it makes you feel any better, it looks like I wont be doing so hot for my half in November. I haven’t ran in 2 months and am still not cleared for that type of physical activity for probably another week or so…….All for nothing it feels like.

    I do like your hot pink pants!!

  • Reply everydaylivingpnw at

    Bummer dude! To bad your going to miss out, but at least you will run another day! Heal up and you will be back at it in no time…

  • Reply Liz at

    I didn’t make it to my first marathon (stress fracture three weeks before the race), so I know how disappointed you must be. Your injury actually sounds a lot like mine, at least the “feel it” part, which I think was very bad ITBS. I took a while off from running, and now I can only feel it when I’m being lazy about foam rolling or doing a lot of trails.
    You’ll be back to double digit miles in no time and then a marathon will seem silly compared to 29 miles! 🙂

  • Reply greengirlrunning at

    That’s such a bummer 🙁 But you have such an awesome race to look forward to! Oh and I haven’t forgotten about sending you a donation package… getting ready to mail off some shoes and fuel belt!

  • Reply Rebecca at

    My boring white snowpants are now officially lame.

  • Reply eric at

    Sweet shiny bones… sweet new snowpants… youll rock 29.2 no need for the marathon!!!

  • Reply Jamie at

    Oh no, I’m so sorry! You’ll do great in January though, just get healthy now and take care of yourself!

    I haven’t had any DNSs but I did have one DNF, not fun!

  • Reply Kara at

    I’m so sorry that you have to drop the marathon, but I’m glad to hear that you have some improvement with the knee, that’s a great sign!

    I have several DNS, but the worst one was when my carpool fell through and I was like “Screw this, I don’t want to drive alone”. It made sense to me at the time 🙂

  • Reply Hanna at

    I think I’m going on my 3rd DNS race too but not all this year. I always get stress fractures becasue I always get over zelous when I’m marathon training. HATE IT. love your ski pants

  • Reply Andy V at

    I am doing the Rock Canyon Half on December 2nd in Pueblo. $35 entry fee and a December distance race. Tough to beat.

    Keep your chin up. 29.2 is much cooler than 26.2 anyway.

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    DNS suck but it’s all about staying healthy, right? I’m glad you received good news and my fingers are crossed a MRI isn’t needed. REALLY want you to come down to AZ to run this year. You already know I love your pants =)

  • Reply Jess at

    Aw man your poor knee! I’m so glad you figured out the problem and have come to peace with it…as sucky as it is to back out of the marathon you’ve been working towards. Keep your chin up, you’ll be back at it in no time I am sure!

  • Reply MrsQ at

    oh no! I hope your knee feels better soon!

  • Reply {lifeasa}RunningMom at

    I know this is hard on you but you are being smart and it will pay off in the end. Take care! Rest!

  • Reply RadiantKristen at

    I skipped my first race this year… it was a 5k on the 4th of July, but I’d been having serious issues with my IT band for the week and a half leading up to it. It suckes to not get to be a part of a race, but so much better than ending up permanently damaging your body by being dumb.

  • Reply Lynn at

    Bummer about your knee, but ski season will be here soon! Don’t want to be hurt for that. Also, the pants are great! Our local resort had a tent sale the other weekend, and I went “just to look”, but I walked out with a new helmet, pants, goggles, and socks. Oooops! But I’m ready for November 16th! When do the Colorado resorts open this year?

  • Reply Lynn at

    Bummer about your knee, but ski season will be here soon! Don’t want to be hurt for that. Also, the pants are great! Our local resort had a tent sale the other weekend, and I went “just to look”, but I walked out with a new helmet, pants, goggles, and socks. Oooops! But I’m ready for November 16th! When do the Colorado resorts open this year?

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