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St. Jude Memphis Marathon 2013

CANCELED.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how disappointed I am that the St. Jude Memphis Marathon didn’t happen. It’s bitter sweet- after hundreds of miles of training, hours of foam rolling and icing, weeks and weeks of planning and sacrificing to make time for long runs, and then in one tiny second, the cancellation notice flashed across my iPhone. If it weren’t for my supportive husband and the friends we were with, many, many more tears would have flown. Luckily, we were in a public place. But on the other hand, thousands in Memphis lost power, the temperature was just too cold, the finish line had transformed into a skating rink, and icy sidewalks would make putting on a large-scale race a dangerous idea for the countless volunteers, support aid, and fans that would dedicate several hours of their time on Saturday morning. I know running in sub-20 degree weather would be tough, but standing around volunteering, would be even tougher! There are also all of the medical personnel that were supposed to help with the race, but with Memphis locals without power, it just wouldn’t be right to ask them to step away from REAL need, in order to help a few thousand people simply run a foot race. The CEO of St. Jude, Rick Shadyac gave in detail, a very classy explanation for why the event was inevitably called off, you can view that video HERE. I have so much respect for Mr. Shadyac, as sad, angry, and disappointed as I am, he made the right call. St. Jude organizers are offering runners with so many options, that’s it’s hard to be too frustrated with them. Details are on the website, but I was definitely impressed with the way everything was handled.

I wanted to thank everyone who was so quick to comfort me in the wake of such a major buzzkill. Who knew that many people were even keeping up with my marathoner-wanna-be-journey! It meant the world to have so many people simply say, “we’re so sorry! we know how hard you worked!”, because as much as it sucks to not get to run the race you planned on, it sucks even more thinking all of your training was for nothing! Friends, family, blog readers, you guys are awesome 🙂

But, everything happens for a reason, and things always work out the way they’re supposed to. Whether you like it or not. Maybe the marathon being cancelled was God’s way of saying, Sarah, you’re not quite ready, you need to rest your legs and that tender ankle a bit longer. Maybe it was God’s way of saying, do you really want to freeze your butt off for 26.2 miles, and be miserable every step of the way? Maybe it was God’s way of saying, I know you’re a planner and hate having your plans wrecked so BAM, here’s a wrench, now figure it out, grow a little, and deal with it. Who knows, either way, it didn’t work out, I can’t control the weather, I can’t change the circumstances, I can’t change the decision, but I can carry on and look forward to my replacement marathon. Which brings me to…

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The inaugural 3 Bridges Marathon in Little Rock, on December 28th. Not even 10 minutes after I found out St. Jude was cancelled, I squeaked into registration for this brand new marathon in town! It’s filled up a couple of times already, but they’ve slowly been opening more and more spots. Maybe St. Jude being cancelled won’t turn out to be the worst thing in the world, because now my first marathon will be run along a route that my legs have seen, and quite often at that! Fingers crossed for no epic ice storms, and fingers crossed these next 3 weeks of re-training and re-tapering go smoothly!

If you’re still confused and thinking, “so why was the marathon cancelled?” You probably live on the opposite side of the country and have been living under a rock the past week. A little storm named Cleon decided to make an appearance. Here she be…

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Not only was St. Jude cancelled, so was the Dallas PCS Marathon. The DFW area got slammed with ice and power outages, I think my in-laws are probably still trying to dig out! See, living in the south may not seem like a common place for winter weather, but instead of getting feet of snow every year, we get to deal with ICE, which in my opinion, is typically worse.

On the bright side of things, we did get to spend some extra time with one of our favorite couples, and I did get to go to the expo the day before!

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Andy and Becca were so sweet to entertain us all weekend and let us crash at their cute little Memphis home!

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The expo was obviously dead, not nearly as many runners as would typically be there mid-afternoon the day before a big race. Outside though, it was COLDER than COLD, the trees had already all frozen over, and the freezing rain and sleet was still coming down. My #1 fan, aka husband, drove me down to the expo and wandered around it with me for a couple hours, trying to help me stay positive 🙂 At this point the race was still on, but there was an obvious unspoken elephant in the room at the expo.

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#3949. Whomp whomp.

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On race morning, I layered up, and went outside to run part of the course. Where we were staying was located just a few blocks from Overton Park, so I headed over and tried not to curse at every frozen tree. A girl needs a therapy run sometimes, ok? Not going to lie, my face was almost frozen when I got back inside, “feels like 8” should really say “feels like it’s too freaking cold to live”.

I passed several runners, and could see in each of their faces the disappointment. Such a bummer, but I know St. Jude still receives the money that was fundraised, and that’s really what this race was about. I really was looking forward the most to running through the St. Jude campus, maybe next year I’ll get to 🙂

When we got back to Little Rock, after a slow and steady drive down I40, we were greeted with icy roads, deceivingly snow covered but icy yards, and Miss Truckee who was ecstatic to get to run around in all of it!

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She ran laps and laps around our yard, and even slid down the hill a few times. I took several pictures, never fear, and I can’t wait to look at them all!

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Saturday night Adam carefully drove me to the gym so I could squeeze in a few more miles, since I’m having to now re-train and taper. I did 7 more, making that 10 total for Saturday. Not exactly the marathon I planned on, but such is life.

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I wore my socks and gloves I bought at the expo, since I didn’t get to wear them to the MARATHON! UGH. The socks are the Swiftwick Pursuit, and the gloves are from Saucony! My right ankle has been bothering me a lot lately, so I finally thought maybe it was my new shoes. Sure enough, when I switched back to my old shoes the pain went away. The trade off? My feet hurt again. I. Can’t. Win.

Tonight I went to the gym and ran a half marathon. On the treadmill. 13.1 on a treadmill. Bor-ing. But, I NEED to get those miles in!! I’d like to think since I did 10 yesterday and 13.1 today, that’s like 23.1 in one day, right? I wish. I wanted so badly to do 15-16 tonight, but I just couldn’t. My legs were tired from yesterday, and my feet hurt, and my mind game was a struggle the entire time.

It’s okay. This next week is a new week of training, and with one more lonnnng run next Saturday, I should be back to where I need to be. Lord willing my feet and ankle hold up! Whoever said training for a marathon was tough on your body was right!

Have you ever had a race cancelled? Were you planning on running Dallas or St. Jude?

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39 Comments

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    Matt @ Runner Savvy
    December 9, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I was signed up for the Dallas Marathon and I’m still a little bummed it was canceled. I know it was for the best though.

    Good luck in the new race!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Matt – I understand!! Such a bummer! Have you picked out your replacement race?

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    Tina@GottaRunNow
    December 9, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Sorry to hear you didn’t get to run the marathon. Hopefully, your feet will have a chance to heal now. How exciting that you’re signed up for a brand new marathon!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Tina- Thanks girl, yes, trying to look on the bright side! More recovery time!

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    Abby @ Change of Pace
    December 9, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Oh, sarah, sorry to hear about this. I’m happy you found a replacement race so close together!
    I was bummed for all the people who trained so hard when I read that both marathons were cancelled.
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Abby- Thanks girl! Definitely a bummer! I can’t believe a storm was big enough to cancel two marathons hundreds of miles apart on the same weekend!

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    Wendy @ All Kinds of Miles
    December 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I’m so, so sorry about the marathon being canceled. I know it’s important to keep everything in perspective, but you’ve dedicated so much time and effort into preparing for this, and I think’s okay to be really upset about it. I’m so glad you have a great support system and are trying to stay positive about it!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Wendy- Thanks girl, I agree! I am FOR SURE upset about it, but, I can’t change it, and am looking forward to finally conquering 26.2!!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    December 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Girl, that sucks big time! I was supposed to run an 8k that got postponed until next weekend. Here in Williamsburg we cancel races for things like rain and 38 degree weather. I’m sick, though, so I was kind of glad it got moved. An 8k isn’t exactly something you need to train for, but I can only imagine being in your situation after training for months! I would have signed up for another one right away too!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Kelly- Haha yes, sucks BIG TIME. At least you have more time to rest and feel better! How did the race go? Or is it this weekend? Good luck!!

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    Patty @ Reach Your Peak
    December 9, 2013 at 9:19 am

    So sorry Sarah! But you are making the best of it and I always have that mentality as well, maybe it wasn’t meant to be for a certain reason. You will crush it at this next marathon. 3 weeks to keep training but also resting that ankle!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:43 pm

      Patty- Thanks Patty! Who would have thought hahaha. I’m super excited to just finally get it over with and then REALLY kick butt at my second! (maybe) 🙂

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    December 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

    My heart broke for you when you posted it was cancelled! 🙁 I am so proud of your positive attitude and perseverance though!i know you are you are going to rock the marathon at the end of the month!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Jana- Haha thanks sweet friend, my heart broke too 🙂 It’s almost funny now, like what were the odds that a freak ice storm at the BEGINNING of Dec would come through?!

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    Kristin @ W [H] A T C H
    December 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

    What a disappointment, I’m so so sorry. I’m glad that you’ve found another race and trust that the switch will be, in the end, really good for you.
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Kristin- Thanks Kristin, I know, it’s disappointing indeed! I can’t believe it was last weekend, hopefully the next couple weeks fly by so I can just finally run that marathon!

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    Kayla
    December 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I’ve never had a race be cancelled before…. I think that you are taking it/dealing with it so well! I’m excited that you found a new race to do so that you can still use your training!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Kayla- Hopefully you’ll never have a race cancelled! I had never heard of marathons being cancelled except for when NYC was cancelled last year!

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    December 9, 2013 at 10:46 am

    So sorry to hear about your race cancellation, but I’m glad you were able to get into another race before the end of the year! Thanks for sharing your silver lining with us!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Nicole- Thanks Nicole, pretty crazy!! Staying positive and training for a replacement is all I can do 🙂 Now I’m even more excited to cross that finish line!!

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    Ashley
    December 9, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about that hun, but what an AMAZING attitude you have about it! Already can’t wait to read all about your 3B36 recap! 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Ashley- Thanks girl! YESSSSS pray that that one isn’t cancelled either, hahaha

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    Ashley
    December 9, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I can’t even imagine how bummed you are about the marathon. Thank goodness you were able to get into another one! You are staying super positive about the whole thing and that is AWESOME! 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Ashley- HA, girl, biggest bummer of all time! Thank goodness they opened spots, or else I wouldn’t have been able to, it originally capped a few weeks ago!

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    Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    December 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I can only imagine how disappointed you felt when the race was canceled, but I noticed on IG that you are already gearing up for the next race. Great attitude!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Jillienne- Yes ma’am!!! Ain’t no way I’m letting all that training go to waste 🙂

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    December 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I’m so sorry your race was cancelled — even if you know it’s the right call, it still really sucks. I hope that your new first marathon goes amazingly well! I’ll be cheering for you!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Kristin- Haha thanks! I know I can’t wait to just run it already!!

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    Emily
    December 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I was worried about you guys, glad you made it there and back alright! I hear you still have ice, hope y’all stay safe! What a great hubby for playing chauffeur.
    So happy you’re making the best of a stinky situation – next year! I’ve never had a race get cancelled but I can imagine it takes the gusto pretty fast.
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Emily- Aw, no worries, we made it there safely and back just as well! No problems at all! The hubs was a champ! He should have gotten a medal just for accompanying his wife and consoling her when it was cancelled, haha. Here’s to hoping no more future races are cancelled. First time for everything!

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    Lorraine
    December 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    So sorry to hear that your marathon was cancelled! It is such a bummer when you train so hard and then plans fall through! I have a friend who was registered to run the half marathon and drove out only to find out during her many hours drive that it was cancelled 🙁

    I’ll be thinking of you as you re-train and re-taper for the end of the month!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      Lorraine- Thanks Lorraine! It was definitely tough to have my plans fall through, ESP since I am a MAJOR planner type A person! Oh no!! I feel for her, it’s SUCH a bummer!!

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    Bree
    December 10, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Oh that’s so sad about the marathon! I had a friend from Jonesboro who was going to run St. Jude too but ended up deciding she was going to skip it anyway because she was afraid of getting there. What a disappointment! But your next planned one will indeed be amazing.

    Also, I’m thoroughly impressed that you ran a half on the TREADMILL! Did you at least watch something on the tv or something?

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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Bree- Oh wow! Yea I heard from Jonesboro down to Memphis the roads were REALLY bad!! At least it got cancelled anyways for her. Is she doing one to replace it? Hahaha girl, it was boring for sure. A monster playlist kept me entertained. And some frustration from the night before 😉

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    Ganeeban
    December 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Sorry to hear about your marathon being cancelled! You will be a marthoner, sooner rather than later. Don’t think of your training as wasted, think of it as being as BEST prepared as possible. You’ll get one girl and then you’ll be sore and happy as can BE!
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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Ganeeban- It’s ok, like you said, it WILL happen!! Hahaha no doubt I will be sore! Holy moly, can’t wait for that!

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    Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness
    December 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Ugg! So sorry this race got cancelled! Better safe than sorry I guess!

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      Sweet Miles
      December 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm

      Meranda- Agreed, it sucks, but it was definitely the right decision, and the CEO of St. Jude was so cute and classy about it, poor guy, I sure wouldn’t want all that pressure on my shoulders!

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    Julie
    December 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Aww I’m so sorry 🙁 I absolutely LOVE your positive outlook on the whole situation. I know it’s difficult, but your hard work definitely wasn’t for nothing. With each step in your training runs you became a stronger and more efficient runner, which will help you in all your upcoming races. You’ll totally rock your races in the future because of how hard you’ve been working. Keep it up my lady!
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