Not Running the Boston Marathon


As the runners are all laced up and waiting for the gun to go off, I am at home recovering! Aarrrrghhh!

After my 18 mile run about 5 weeks ago, I came down with a bad case of the flu. Instead of resting, I pressed on with the training (tough guy!). It got worse, and I ended up with bronchitis/asthma! Missed the 21 miler and all the running since then. With medications and two types of inhalers, I could do TWO MILES! Been resting and trying to get my lungs back to capacity.

It was extremely frustrating to fall ill at this late stage of the training. Very depressing and I couldn’t write about till now. C’est la vie!

My friends remind me: There will be other marathons! If I can start running this week, and it looks likely that I can, then I plan on running Boston’s Run to Remember at the end of May. I think deep down, my marathon training is ‘saved in draft form.’

And for the Fall, I have signed up for the New York City Marathon (Nov 2) lottery. Did not get in the last two years, so perhaps this third try is a charm! As a backup I am signing up for the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC (Oct 26).

Still too depressing to actually go to the course! I will imagine its in a different city and just track my friends on the computer!

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  1. just this weekend my brother also had to drop out of a marathon mid-race due to effects of the flu… hoping that this experience will find a way to enrich your running practice and your meditations on life in this physical body… and at the same time sending best thoughts to you!

    and also, please don’t forget the wonderful benefits of jal neti for those allergies 🙂

    ~ namaskar ~

  2. Arun:

    I am sorry that you won’t be able to run -this- time, but as the well known saying goes… When wealth is lost nothing is lost, when health is lost something is lost……

    Take care of yourself and get well soon. Before you know it will be time for you to run on the other marathons that you had signed up already.

    How about signing up to run a marathon in Pittsburgh? Just a thought.

    You take care now.


  3. Get well real soon. Such disappointment. I really feel for you. Yet , well, you know I am a great believer in things happening for a purpose. I know that is a cliché, but, well, let me know what it is when it reveals itself…. :-). Will be watching to make sure you look after yourself and recover.

    Hi Jennifer:
    thank you for reminding me – yes! it is all for the good!
    since I was not running the marathon – instead we did a small ‘puja’ at home. WoW! What a great feeling!


  4. oh shame, hope you have a speedy recovery… yeah marathons will come again… but you cant risk your health… first recover….

    Thank you Rachna –
    already planning on other races! and this is giving me a time to really think through my training and seek improvements! Yaay!

    Hope you are doing well.

  5. SO SO SORRY!! Wish you a very speedy recovery.
    Yes! There will be other Marathons, but our health comes first, specially when we are not all exactly spring chickens! Hahaha!!
    Joking apart, take care of yourself Arun, Marathons come and go, you can train and get in there again as soon as you recover completely.
    Me? My Spring allergy lasts mid March until mid June, I am suffering with itchy and watery eyes right now but got to deal with it, no choice!:)

    Hi Asha!
    Thank you for your enthusiastic greeting and best wishes!
    … yes, not exactly spring chickens! Ha Ha! you are funny! The body hurts now is so many different ways! you’d know! :-))

    and true – I am taking this opportunity to really rest and importantly make some changes in my training regimen. and I already have my sights on other marathons! Yaay!

    Sorry to hear of your allergies – I suffer too, but fortunately here, spring is just now coming. teary eyes and sniffles will soon follow; Long Live Allegra!
    Hope you can control the allergies too.


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