Va. Beach Half is cursed

by - Monday, August 10, 2009

So sorry I've been MIA people. I got hit with strep throat again last week and I'm just starting to feel normal now. I finally cracked and shelled out the big bucks for some POM juice and just as Dr. CJ says, it seems to be helping. I was actually going to bring some in a water bottle to work today, but I forgot in my morning rush.

Anyway, I've decided the Virginia Beach Half Marathon is a cursed race for me and anyone who registers because I suggest it.

Don't believe me?

Here's proof:

The first year I ran the VB RNR I had strep throat. I did the race anyway, but didn't do very well. I feel like running a half with strep at least qualifies me for some sort of bad-ass award.

Last year, I had to scratch VB from the calendar because of my knee injury.

This year, the VB curse has not only affected me. It's affected the BF and my mom.

My mom was so excited that was so going to be able to run the whole thing, even though she'd be going slowly. She pulled both of her hamstrings not to long ago and has barely been able to walk since. She'll just be happy to cross the finish line at this point.

The BF's training started out so well and he was going to finish his first half ever. But then his knee started acting up. He most likely will be a DNS on race day.

And me, well I was planning to avenge my crappy time from two years ago and hopefully set a new PR. With only four weeks until race day, I'll just be happy to have a solid running base in place to finish the race. I haven't run one step since my 10 miler two weeks ago because I've been sick. I'm on strick doctors orders to not run until I feel completely better to avoid another relapse. I still don't feel completely better. So until then it will be eat, sleep, rest, hydrate and then start rebuilding some of my strength.

I'm trying not to let the VB RNR curse get me down. I just need to readjust my goals a bit and focus more on running the race for fun. Letting go of the PR dream hurts a little bit though.

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  1. Oh no! This stinks. I am sorry to hear that you've been so sick and your BF and mom are struggling with injuries. Yuck.

  2. That sucks @$$, sister, but you gotta take care of yourself first. Skip the race if you have to: There'll be others.

    Maybe you could work this post up as a High Concept Film treatment and sell it to Hollywood as a Horror Film:

    The Curse of Teh Virginia Beach Half!1!

    It already has a better, more believable plot than Transformers.

    Of course, I wouldn't pay to see it, but I bet you'd capture the Cletus audience.

  3. Aw, that's too bad! You will own this race some day soon, I know it.

  4. Gah, I hope you feel better soon!

  5. tell the BF I called him a pussy for talking about ironman and then backing out of his first half marathon. hope you feel better soon.

  6. getting healthy is priority #1. the race really doesn't matter. get well soon!!

  7. grrrreat! i am registered for this and i signed up after all the deadlines so that i could specifically pay wayyy too much for it. (grr) and i am having my teeth pulled this week, 3 weeks out from the race! they better not be affecting me on race day.... i will totally blame you :)

    hope you bounce back quickly. take care of yourself and just be proud that you are able to show up on race day!

  8. OK! Scratching VB off my list, and you can have this strep back ;-)

  9. well you convinced me there will be no VB in my race future