Back in November, I started the 6 month training path to my “Mystery Marathon“. I had my dream race picked for marathon #5 and all that was needed was to train consistently.  A destination race. In a city that I’ve always loved and I’ve wanted to visit again.

I blocked flights for my family last Tuesday with the intention of paying for them on Friday morning.

Thursday morning, due to unforeseen, unrelated circumstances, I was forced to change plans.

I had to made a hard choice to not travel to my Mystery Marathon.

But reality wins over dreams and that meant I had to give up the Mystery Marathon. Even though my husband tried to convince me to go to “take my mind off of things”, I know that the time and effort that would go into the trip would be better utilized back home. The Mystery Marathon will always be there, maybe in a few years or maybe it will remain a forever dream.  I choose to think of it as hibernating my dream for now.

Ironically, I will probably visit the destination city once or twice in the next 5 years, but just not during marathon weekend.

For now, it is back to local races and working to turn this bump in my life around!


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One day …One day …  I will run here …
(Yes, I deliberately obscured the start line photo to let it remain somewhat of a “Mystery”)


Have you ever had to cancel a race because of factors other than injury or lack of training? 
How have you continued being motivated on having to give up what would have been a dream event?


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  • Sorry to hear that. I have had to not go to a few races due to circumstances beyond my control. It hurts. But that is real life and other things are often more important than a race. The beauty of races is that there will always be another or that you can always run that same one next year!
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    • Faux Runner

      True! There will always be the race, and who knows maybe a better experience awaits πŸ™‚

  • Cyndi

    I am missing a race in the morning that I’ve been training hard for – and that looks to finally have perfect conditions. But family comes first. Always. It’s just a race.

    • Faux Runner

      I’m sorry about missing the race, Cyndi. But you are absolutely right, family comes first. Races will be plenty, but the moment with family comes only once.