I was watching a few videos on the Internet for the Detroit Free press marathon. I’ve never run this particular 1/2 marathon and I’m excited to see what it will be like. I’ve been told by some friends that have done it in the past that it is pretty flat and fast.

As I’ve said in a previous post I did the 1/2 marathon in Rochester Hills, Mi, The Brooksie Way 1/2 Marathon. This was my 4th race and I loved it. This time of the year (Autumn) is my favorite time and this race shows it off in all its splendor. The air is crisp, the people are excited and the scenery is beautiful. Last year I thought it would be a good idea to try out two half marathons in the month of October. So in January, I signed up for the Free Press 1/2 Marathon in addition to plans to do the Brooksie Way 1/2. The price was excellent at such an early time of the year so I jumped on it.

Enter Despair. After the Brooksie Way, I caught a bit of a cold. I figured no problem, if I can shake this cold in the next week or so, I’ll be just fine for the Free Press 1/2 marathon. Well it seems like the body had different plans. That cold moved to my chest and just stayed there for about a week or so, like one of those slow moving low pressure fronts that move across the country. Coughing, Phlegm, you know the routine. I gave myself until this past Wednesday to make a decision. When I still wasn’t anywhere close to 100%, I told myself it is time to cancel. Whaaaaat. The Never Quit Ever guy is quitting. Let me take a moment to explain.

I don’t believe in quitting. I believe in perseverance, even past pain and discomfort. The problem I had is if I’m congested, sitting at home, just how am I going to do walking and running in breezy, 40 degree weather for 3 to 4 hours. As much as I wanted to, I could just see myself in a hospital fighting off, pneumonia or worse. That isn’t worth it. I don’t believe in quitting, but I don’t believe in ignoring your good common sense and experience either. At times, it is just as important to step back and reassess your situation and approach it from different angle. My angle is: possibly next year. This wasn’t the first Freep Marathon and I’m figuring it won’t be the last.

Although there was a few moments of despair, I believe I made the best decision. I don’t regret it whatsoever. If nothing else, it gave me a good 8 hours or so that I could get my hands dirty work on my truck. 😉

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

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