Dealing with disappointment is not an easy task. Knowing you failed to reach a goal you have dreamed about for years is difficult to digest.
Recently (aka yesterday) I decided not to do the Boston Marathon. Due to the heightened security and the unpromising status of bandit runners, it does not appear that I would be able to even step foot on the course. I’m not one to give up hope, but I did not want to put in the hard work and excessive amount of time to just be even more disappointed on race day.
In addition to the increased safety precautions, I’ve been dealing with Achilles and shin injuries, so deciding to not do the marathon was in my best interest.
Despite not being able to do the specific race I’ve been wanting to do since high school, I’m still optimistic because I’ve learned a lot from the 4 months of training I did complete and I plan on running in a marathon within the next year. I have a few friends that just decided not to run Boston as well, so we’re going to try to find a race to do together.
In the meantime, I’m going to stick to swimming, biking, and running :).
Have you had any triathlon disappointments lately? I think the best thing to do is learn from what went right and what went wrong. Next, find another race to look forward to, and move on!
(Photo from Boston.com)