Tomorrow is the Madison Mini. My absolute favorite race of the year. And I've decided to not run it.
I'm still trying to heal some injuries, including a new hip pain that just hurts to walk. So even though I could probably grunt through it, I fear that would set me up with more issues. This is the first race that I've ever backed out of, and I'm having a really hard time with it.
Even after I officially deferred my entry to next year, I still have that urge to just run it tomorrow. To just get out there and do it. It's taking complete willpower to NOT run. I'm already missing the energy in the starting line corrals and the race-day anticipation. I'll be more than envious of those lined up, excited at the prospect of a good race.
Even thinking about tomorrow brings a rush of sadness, anger, and failure - but relief, too. Tomorrow, I simply have to show up, and cheer on friends, and maybe hand out some water here or there. And maybe party at the finish line with everyone.
Good luck to everyone tomorrow, and enjoy the best race in Madison!!!