When you can’t race

Today’s post is coming a few days early. It was supposed to be a race report on the DIVA St. Augustine race. This is a race series I’ve been wanting to do for a while. We have been planning this girls race weekend for months now.


Then on Thursday at work I started to have a sore throat. That got worse on Friday but I felt fine otherwise. Then on Saturday it hurt to swallow. I went as soon as the Urgent care place opened to see what was going on.

That’s when the dreaded diagnosis came. STREP THROAT! I’ve never had strep throat in my life, which my husband finds amazing. However, the doctor very much said “no half marathon”.

So besides losing out on my super fun girls weekend, I also lost my pre-marathon test race. Since I don’t have a money tree just adding on another race isn’t really possible either.

So how do you handle being forced to stay in bed on what was supposed to be a super active weekend?

  1. Binge watch Gilmore Girls reruns on Netflix
  2. Watch X-Men: Days of Future Past The Rogue Cut with your husband
  3. Christmas shop for gifts online
  4. Ignore your diet for a day because ice cream makes your throat feel better.
  5. Don’t dwell on the FOMO of the fun race weekend


Anyone else out there ever been forced to miss their race weekend? How did you handle it?

Published by Kim Teter

I am a 35 year old living in Maryland. I'm trying to find a balance between a healthy lifestyle and actually having a life.

5 thoughts on “When you can’t race

  1. Oh, yes I have. I’m on week #10 of a foot stress fracture which caused me to miss the Chicago Marathon and everything else since. It just plain sucks. Life seems to go on anyway. I’ve kept busy cycling and pool running but some days are TOUGH, especially seeing everyone else race. Take comfort in the fact you’ll be back to running in no time! And good luck at that marathon!!

    1. Oh man, you totally win! Sorry to hear about the stress fracture that majorly sucks! But how awesome are you to keep at the other stuff and not let it get you down!

  2. Ooooh no 😦 I am so sorry to hear this!

    Uuugh! I got strep throat the weekend of my 20th high school reunion and had to miss it. How does a grown lady get strep-like what the heck!?!

    Good luck on the marathon!!

    1. That’s what I said! The doc was stunned to find that I don’t even have kids or know anyone who’s had it! It is a stupid mystery illness!

  3. Oh no! I’m sorry you had to miss out on this race, but it will help you heal up and get better before the marathon. I hope you’re feeling better already!

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