Berlin Marathon Update

September 22, 2016

Hello from Berlin.  I have a mini update for everyone.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the below picture on Wednesday morning.  What happened?!

Tuesday evening I was going downstairs to throw the trash away (gotta keep the fruit flies away).  I was on the third to last step and, for some reason, I thought it was the last one.  I stepped down, anticipating the floor, and I fell.  The top left foot bore the weight of my fall.  There were sharp pains, accompanied with loud screams, and I laid on the floor for about ten minutes.  I got up carefully and walked upstairs to ice my foot.  I told Cliff what happened and he came over to drive me to the hospital   

When Cliff picked me up it was painful to put any weight on my left foot + it was swollen.  We arrived at Georgetown University Hospital around 10:30PM and left over five hours later.  I had multiple crying episodes (including the ugly ones) while I waited for the doctor and x-rays.  The doctor said I did not have any broken or fractured bones, but I had a foot sprain.  She confirmed what I did not want to hear – no running.  It was okay to travel, but make sure to keep it easy on the foot.  

So that is that, I am not running the Berlin Marathon. We had an option of staying home since I purchased trip insurance, but once I was given the okay to travel I knew I wanted to go.  If I stayed home, I would have had a week and a half pity party.  We will enjoy our vacation and cheer on my Oiselle pals (Torrie, Sheena, Tami, Lara, Jacqui, Melinda, Lena, Jessica, Stephanie).  I know I will be a little sad come Sunday morning (all that training + years worth of excitement), but I would have been a whole lot sadder if I ran and further injured my foot. 

Forty-eight hours later, I can put weight on my left foot and walk slowly.  It is feeling a lot better, but there is some pain when I flex it or move it certain ways.  I’m hoping it will feel even better in two days so I could maybe walk in the Breakfast Run (marathon shake-out event).  My foot as of Friday morning (look away if you do not like bruising): 

Thank you for all your kind notes, messages and texts! I was planning on sharing a countdown post that discussed logistics and details of my trip/marathon weekend, but figured an update would be more appropriate. I will share it when I return. 



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    1. Oh no!!! This is such sad news. I’m so sorry! Glad you are still planning to travel so at least you won’t miss out on the entire experience. When I ran Rock n Roll Las Vegas there was a lady who had broke her ankle so she was using a scooter. She had her knee up on this this pad and was just pushing off with her good leg. I assume it took her a while to finish the race but at least she was able to participate. I don’t know how she was allowed to take that scooter thing on the course, but she did. Perhaps that could be an option for you!??

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        Thanks Meranda. Wow a scooter is impressive, I am curious if they are allowed. I would have been exhausted haha 🙂

    1. I was wondering what was going to happen with your foot after that photo! I’m glad you still get to have your vacation, but I am bummed for you that you can’t participate. Cheering is always a good time, so maybe you can sleep in a bit, cheer, and enjoy some good German brews. 😉
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        Thanks, Liz! It was bittersweet watching the marathon, but I am glad we went and had a nice time. I am not the biggest beer drinker, but the beers taste much better in Germany.

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        You are exactly right..there is next time (hint hint for next fall). Thanks for the positive energy!

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        Thank you, Abby! Loved following you along when you were in NY. Hope you are feeling better.

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        Thanks Sharon! It was a bittersweet trip, but still lots of fun. Looking forward to sharing it with you all.

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        No worries, Kathryn, do not feel terrible at all. The IG algorithms are a mess. Looking forward to seeing you soon and catching up. Hope little man is feeling better.

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        Thanks, Chaitali! I’m glad we went, it was still a fun vacation despite the injury.

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        Thanks Courtney. I am crossing my fingers for you and everyone else get into Berlin. Would be fun to share it together next year!

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        Thanks Ali. It was definitely bittersweet, but still a good trip. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

    1. ahh Jenny, I am so very sorry. This was a dream race for you and I can only imagine the disappointment. Thankfully your injury was not more serious and you could enjoy your vacation. The photos have been wonderful and honestly, you were brave to go to Berlin and cheer knowing it should have been your race too. Hopefully you will run it at some point in time.

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        Thank you, Pam for the kind words. It was a good trip and I think it was meant to be that I run it next year. Excited I could meet you in Berlin as you finish the WWM 🙂

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        Thanks thanks! I feel we didn’t have enough time to talk about everyyythingg last week haha. See you soon lady!

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