Bummed :(

Tomorrow (Saturday) was supposed to be awesome. I was going to run my first full marathon. I didn’t say anything about the race in the blog world because last time I did, I didn’t end up running the marathon. I wanted to surprise everyone.

Anyways, let me retrace my steps back to Thursday. I began packing for the marathon on Thursday afternoon because it was supposed to be in West Virginia. The plan was that my family was leaving Friday afternoon and staying in a hotel and then I was running the marathon on Saturday.

Random running picture…

On Thursday afternoon, Hannah came home from school complaining that she was nauseous. I didn’t think anything of it and left that evening to teach Spinning. I came home around 7:30 and found out that Hannah had thrown up and wasn’t feeling well.

Random picture of Hannah and me..

By 9:00 p.m., I threw up and was feeling awful. All night Hannah, my mom, and I got sick. I threw up 5 times–until I didn’t have anything left in my stomach and I was heaving and unable to breathe. We had to throw away four garbage cans and Hannah decided to just get sick outside since it was easier. Bleh.

So, I was supposed to be leaving in a few hours to travel to West Virginia to run my first marathon. I began training in August and I have been tapering the past two weeks. Now I can hardly walk around my house because I’m so tired from getting sick.


After the first time I threw up, I thought that maybe that would be it and I’d be okay to run. Now I’m having trouble thinking about food/water, so I know their is no way I’d be able to re-fuel enough before the race and I just have no energy.

I feel as if I keep getting “blocked” from running a marathon. I was signed up for the Steamtown Marathon in October 2010 and injured my knee a month before. I was going to run God’s Country Marathon in June, but I didn’t want to miss Hannah’s dance recital. In August, I wanted to sign up for the Akron Marathon but it sold out. I signed up for Freedom’s Run Marathon that is tomorrow and became ill 48 hours before.

This is a bummer. It’s not the end of the world. Its just running and races are held every weekend. I look at it this way–maybe God is preventing me from going because something bad would have happened before/during/after the race.

For now, I’m just working on regaining my strength and feeling better. Thanks for reading this Debbie Downer post! I hope everyone has a great weekend ❤

Bible verse of the day: Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21


  1. I’m so sorry to hear that Allie. 😦 What a disappointment! So much can go into training and planning and then it goes wrong just before the race. I would be devastated! When I almost had to miss my first half marathon I was SO upset. But you’re right – there are races every weekend. I hope you will find another marathon you can do soon!

  2. Hope you are fully recovered. Missing things that you’re looking forward to sucks, but try not to be too down about it. Get signed up for another! And another! (And another, just to make sure)

  3. Oh no! 😦 I’m so sorry to hear you got sick my friend! I guess it just wasn’t meant to be this time around. BUT there’s no doubt in my mind you’re gonna be able to run that full marathon one day– you’re the best runner EVA!!!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re sick and couldn’t do the marathon. But, remember you have YEARS to do marathons. My friends who I run with, almost all of them are older than me, and they are in their 40s doing marathons and even qualifying for Boston. Honestly most people our age aren’t into marathons, it seems to be a slightly older crowd (well, older for you, not as much older for me). You are still an amazing runner and athlete, don’t let this get you down. Have a speedy recovery because there are lots of marathons and half marathons coming up that you can do!

  5. AW GIRL your title hit me because you are always that optimistic person so I knew it had to be sometihng not so hot. I am so sorry about this! But your health is way more important than some stupid race even if you did really want to run it. heck you could run a marathon in your sleep the way you have been training. get better quickly my dear!

  6. Oh, no! Allie, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re feeling better.

    However, I am SO glad that you’re being smart about this. Playing it safe isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it’s definitely the best. Your body needs rest and I’m really happy that you’re listening.

    There will be more races 🙂

  7. Oh my I am so sorry to hear this! I really hope that you’re feeling stronger and better! That sounds like an awful way to spend the day 😦 Really sad to hear about the race, too, but it seems like you’ve got a good attitude about it!!

  8. Aww Allie, I am so sorry to hear you got sick and weren’t able to run the marathon. I like your way of looking at it though: everything for a reason, right? I know it probably doesn’t make you feel any better, but there will be many more races. For now, just focus on getting your strength back!

    I hope you and your sister are feeling better soon!

  9. It’s ok to be bummed about this. It is a BIG deal to be totally dehydrated and try to run a marathon. And after so many first attempts. 😦 I feel for you, especially since you don’t usually let things get you down.
    I hope you and Hannah start feeling better and that maybe you can use this fitness for another race goal.
    Hugs, R

  10. Aww Allie I am so so sorry this happened! On that note, it is 100% fine to be bummed about this, I would be too! I’m quite glad you didn’t run the marathon though, that could have been so dangerous with low levels of electrolytes, dehydration and all of that. There will be a next time for sure, and you will rock it then!

  11. I’m SO sorry!!! This is so frustrating for you, I’m sure. Just remember that God can work all things for good, even when we can’t see it. Hang in there, and I hope you feel better ASAP!!!! Hugs!

  12. I’m so sorry you have to keep missing out! There is always another race, but still, when you have your heart set on one/are ready to go…And ugh, I’ve been in a house with ONE person with a stomach bug, I can only imagine what it would be like with three people hit with it at the same time. I hope you feel better soon–and then sign up for the next marathon you can!

  13. Oh, throwing up is truly truly awful. I’m so sorry. It’ll happen for you when it’s right, even though I know that’s the last thing you want to hear right now! I hope you’re feeling better and you come back and kill the next marathon you set out to conquer. 🙂

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