Not me. (Knocking on wood right now . . .)
But at least 5 of the runners that I know through internet (and now real life for many of them) are Down and Out. Jen screwed up her leg after Eugene and hasn’t been able to run much since then. Maria had cruddy weather for Illinois and Vermont in the Spring and somewhere along the line lost her marathoning mojo. Lora screwed up something with her achilles during (or after?) Illinois and has been trying to fix it all summer, and has now been told by her doc not to run for 30 days. Mindi lost her mojo and just decided today that she’s out for Chicago. And Jill is also just not that into it (though still going to run Philly and Boston).
My first reaction to all these amazaing runners (and really, each of them are incredibly talented) was: WTF? But really, if you think about it, it’s not surprising. Months and months (and years and years) of marathon training is exhausting. Marathon training takes such a huge toll on our bodies physically and mentally, leaving virtually everyone susceptible to injuries and burnout. I think the rule of thumb that I read is that the average (non-elite) marathoner should only do 2 marathons a year. Has anyone else heard that (or different)? I don’t think I’ve read anything on how many years in a row of marathoning the average person should do though, before taking a break. Anyone out there know?
I think if I had run Grandma’s as I had planned ( just 7 weeks after Illinois Marathon), I’d be Down and Out with these girls too. Taking the break was exactly what I needed. I felt like a slug while I was doing it, but it was exactly what I needed to recharge my mind and body.
Hopefully taking time off of marathon training will be what all of these amazing runners need in order to heal physically and mentally.