A quick little post for the morning – a follow up to my Boston Race Recap that can be found HERE.

When I wrote about my Boston experience on Monday I had no idea it would be such a popular post – many of you loved it – many of you hated it and let me know through email and other venues.

What I want to make clear about the Boston Recap and about my race is this:

I did NOT need medical attention.

I started throwing up after drinking something other than water. I have learned through 20 marathons what my body can and can not handle. I can not handle anything other than water during a race. When I was walk/running I thought – what the heck. Can’t get much slower than this – might as well enjoy what I am drinking. With in 10 minutes of drinking my non-water drink – I already could feel my stomach turning.

Heat exhaustion is a VERY real thing. One of the symptoms is vomiting. [If you want to read more about it here is a link to Web MD - http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-exhaustion]

Though I was sick – and though I was hot – I was not suffering from this very dangerous condition which can lead to heat stroke and death.

When I said to myself – that I do not quit – I was not implying that if you walked off the course that day you were in quitter. In fact quite the opposite. Listening to your body is one of the most important things you can do as a runner. I get asked almsot weekly HOW HAVE YOU NEVER GOTTEN INJURED? Listening to my body is how. When I need to rest – I rest – when I need to stop – I stop – when I need to walk – I walk – when I need to gain more weight – I gain more weight – when I need to change my shoes – I change my shoes – when I need to alter my diet – I alter my diet – I don’t run when I am sore – I don’t push through the type of pain that your body is using to tell you something. I push through moments of weakness.

Finishing the Boston Marathon and getting #20 finisher medal was NOT so important to me that I would endanger my life or put my children in a situation where they had no mother.

What I needed on Monday was an attitude adjustment at the end of the marathon. It’s a humbling thing to walk the last part of the Boston Marathon. It’s also humbling to run a 3:11 and then see the clock hit 3:11 when you are at mile 21. It sucks. It makes you want to cry. It makes you question yourself, your training, your attitude – you name it.

I knew my time was not going to be faster than a 3:11 but I still had the DREAM of placing in the top 500 women at Boston this year. At mile 18/19/20 when I knew that was not going to be a reality I started to get mad I was even running. I just wanted to be home with my kids and not getting burnt in the sun. I needed to FIND MY STRONG and remember that there is pride in the finish – that finishing in the slowest finish time I had seen in recent years was OK.

When I made the statement how can I tell others not to quit if I do? I did not mean that you should not quit if YOU NEED TO STOP. Stopping when you are in a medical situation is not called quitting. Stopping because you are pissed off about how slow your finish time is going to be – is quitting and that is what I was talking about.

 

I wanted to make the statement that I am NOT TOO GOOD for a slow finish time on a clock. That I know I can run a sub 3:10 but Monday was not that day. There was GLORY in just finishing.

Looking back on Monday and my post – I stand by my actions. I didn’t stop and I don’t think I should have. I cried on course because it’s never fun to walk during a marathon let alone the Boston Marathon. I cried because I wanted a fast time even though it was hot. I wanted to defy the odds – I wanted to be a super human that day and I wasn’t.

 

I saw many people on course – two of which ran with me for some of those last miles. If you ask them if I was in need of medical attention – they will tell you no. They will tell you that I was a grump and that I was complaining about this *silly heat* and just wanted to get to the finish. I cried briefly to others – and it was just all about the heat. I was mad. I didn’t want the end to a perfect weekend to be like this. I wanted to finish sub 3:30 and that was not going to happen.

I also want you to note that this was my 20th marathon. If you are running your first marathon and start to feel lightheaded, vomit, feel sick or may be in need of medical attention – please don’t think of me and push through because you don’t want to be a quitter. It takes a stronger runner to have the courage to walk off when you need to than push through just to say you finished.

I am out spoken about not running a marathon while pregnant. Out spoken about not returning too soon after pregnancy. I don’t believe that in your first year of running you should train for a marathon. I want everyone to fall in love with running – but to also understand that you need to keep your body healthy and safe and that there are ways to do that and ways not to do that.

 

Thank you to everyone who read my post and congratulated me! I hope you took it as intended.

To those of you who hated it and thought I was in need of medical attention – I hope you read this and understand that the pushing through that I was talking about was not the same that you may have been thinking about.

Comments

  1. Great follow up post, Dorothy. This is one of the many things I respect about you – you are open and honest about things and are not afraid to defend your position – while still respecting others.
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  2. it’s your race, your race recap. there will always be people who don’t agree, who have to offer their advice, etc. you know yourself and your body, don’t worry about the naysayers!

    CONGRATS on your boston. i am glad you didn’t have any serious problems and i hope you are resting and recovering today!

  3. I never got that impression from your first post. I read that you were emotionally frustrated & physically drained not beaten. If you were beaten then I know you wouldn’t have been stubborn and pushed beyond safe conditions. You are a smart runner. Keep on keeping on girly! Like to add that I don’t think anyone “quit” in those conditions.
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  4. AMEN! I had a similarly SLOW(ER) race and moments where it just plain stunk and we pushed through and found our strong. Mentally and physically. Only you and you alone knows your body and what it’s truth is during each moment of a race. Proud of you for being you and sharing you.
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  5. I can’t beleive so many people took your marathon recap the wrong way! You know your body – no one else does – and therefore, should not judge or comment on what happened on Monday. Great job on finishing #20 – you rock!! So bummed we missed each other – can we please plan something soon. xo
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  6. Prrecisely the conversation I had with an endurance cyclist who said “marathoners are crazy and unhealthy” to which I responded “stupid runners AND stupid cyclists are crazy and unhealthy. If I’m sick I rest. If I’m hot (like Tuesday’s run) I suck up my pride and walk a bit. I always fuel and consider adjusting my runs because of weather. Ive only been injured from the wrong shoes. Know thy runner self! Smartest thing you can do!
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  7. I loved the first post and this as well
    you know what your body needs/feels and how it reacts and if you had needed ‘medical assistance’ you’d have stopped….
    I quit posting some of my stuff because of all the hate emails/bashing I’d get …
    Meanwhile I can hope one day to run a marathon…let me conquer a half first though lol
    You ROCK!!!!
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  8. I didn’t get any of those crazy thoughts from your first post! There is a serious difference between giving up and being injured. You always speak about how you have to listen to your body. You knew what you were capable of given the conditions!

    I have yet to hear of a fatality during this year’s Boston Marathon. To me, that means that the runners who ran the race knew what they were capable of and listened to their bodies. They slowed down, they drank more water and the asked for assistance when needed.
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  9. Well said Dorothy!
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  10. I didn’t realize you got so much negative feedback. What a buzzkill on such an amazing feat (BM and #20). So, great follow up! I still think you did an amazing job. :)

  11. I must say I hate that you even had to write this post. When I read your initial post, I never thought of anything but how amazing you were for pushing through. I can see where there would be concern from readers – but I dont’ think any of us have the right to stand back and judge. I just have to believe that you know your limits.
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  12. love this and i don’t think you need to offer any explanation for yourself. there are always going to be people that feel like it is their place to pass judgement and make assumptions about what is going on with your own body, but no one knows better then YOU! blogs are funny where they allow us to expose ourselves to a wide population of people and be vulnerable with our thoughts and experiences. you are a rockstar, so keep being you. keep speaking your mind. keep on keeping on girl!
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  13. Still so amazed by your accomplishments!!!! I can’t say cause I wasn’t experiencing it, but I think I would’ve pushed through too…. Just who I am. You are such an inspiration!!!!! We learn from others experiences, but more so our own. Congrats again!!!

  14. No one can tell you about YOUR body and haters are going to hate ;) I think you did an amazing job and are such an inspiration. A reckless thing to do would have been if you kept running at a fast pace but you didn’t, you slowed it down and listened to your body.
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  15. I enjoyed reading this follow up and never once did I question, in reading your race recap, whether or not you needed medical attention. You know yourself best, especially after 20 marathons. As runners when we start to think we might need help it’s already too late. Trust your gut instinct.

    Every marathon, every race, every run gives us a new perspective and offers a new experience. Never once when reading your recap did I think you were “too good” to walk or finish at a certain time. You know what you are capable of and who is anyone else to say otherwise? We all have goals and dreams and unfortunately, sometimes they need to be readjusted to fit the circumstances. After tripping during mile 3 of RnR NOLA and coming out a bloody mess, I KNEW I needed med help and I KNEW the original time goal I had planned for was not going to happen. Yes, I was pissed – for weeks afterward. But you know what? The glory is in the story that I’ve been able to tell because of that fall and how to move on and be better next time.

    Thank you for continuing to inspire!
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  16. I have just recently started following your blog so have not been up to date on all your training but knowing this is your 20th marathon as you stated on previous posts and the Boston recap I knew that you did not need medical attention, at least from the way you described your recap. I read it as what it was, fustration of the heat and the time.
    I am very inspired by you as amother and a runner and thank you for all your posts I enjoy reading them.
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  17. Sorry you felt the need to justify your post… I really did love it and find your perseverance inspiring!

  18. I echo the above comment…. sorry that you felt you had to justify YOUR OWN THOUGHTS!

    Good grieft, it is YOUR blog, YOUR space. Write what YOU want!

    I hope you are having a great recovery week, Dorothy. Love the pic of you with your family.
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  19. I not only did I take it as intended, I was inspired by your courage. You know your own body, everyone is different I am confident that if you needed medical attention you would have taken it. I am sure you are very familiar with individuals out there who will look for anything in a post to bring you down, I am saddened that you have to deal with that. With that said, it is was very responsible of you to clarify to all those who may not be familiar with the symtoms of heat stroke to take heed. Congratulations again Dorothy.. your courage and strength never fail to inspire.. this race was no exception.
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  20. Congrats again, Dorothy. I hate that explanations have to be made for blog posts because it was your race, your report, and your finish but I think your follow up was what ‘some’ people might have needed to hear. After 20 marathons, you do know your body, and I did not interpret your first report as needing medical attention. 80/90 degree marathons are NOT FUN no matter what.

  21. Sorry that so many people gave you negative feedback. Hopefully they did so because they care about you. When I read your post on Monday I understood what you meant. I trained my butt off for a marathon. I was on track to BQ, but five weeks before I hurt my ankle. I was given the ok to run the marathon but it sucked the whole time. I got sick to my stomach but like you I was not going to quit. I started something and I was going to finish it even if I did cry while out on the course. I understood what you meant Monday as you wrote. Sorry Boston wasn’t your best. When you run it again maybe this time I will get to be there and see how fast you are in person.
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  22. I’m sorry that people made you feel like you had to explain yourself. I read your blog daily and rarely comment. But today I just wanted to say that I read your first recap and was inspired. So much of running is mental and I never once would question your ability to decide whether you needed medical attention or not. Those people that sent you negative feedback, perhaps they are just jealous. I can’t believe anyone would forget that feeling of knowing you trained hard for more than what you were able to accomplish. That is mental. You were speaking for yourself. Not for other runners that day. Great post!

  23. Great follow up Dorothy. No one knows your body and your capabilities better than you. You inspire beyond belief. Way to hang in there, focus on the positive and be STRONG!!! :) Hugs!
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  24. Stephanie says:

    I have to admit: the need to stop by a medical tent briefly crossed my mind. (Must be the mother in me.) But, I know you’re smarter than that. And, no way Lesley was letting anything happen to you! :) Great job with the race and the posts. It’s wonderful to see you doing so well!

  25. Great follow up! We read your blog post in the way you meant it! People are really good at finding the negative in everything. Thank you for sharing your race experience with all of us and your honesty! You are inspiring!

  26. I’m a new reader to your blog & I thought the original post was great & the follow-up as well. You really get to know yourself over 26.2 miles and when you’ve done it multiple times, you can pretty well gauge when you need to stop. (I’ve only done 5 myself) I think your honesty is great, and you’re so right about knowing when you are just giving up and knowing when you are putting yourself in danger. I think runners are very in tune with their bodies in general. Great job on the marathon regardless!!! I am in awe of everyone who crossed the line on Monday, no matter what their pace was at any mile. 90 degrees in April is crazy! Well done again, very inspiration.

  27. I understood your original post but I was wondering about others who may be new to running and marathoning, that they may get the wrong understanding of running in general and you in particular. thank you for thinking of others and clarifying your position and stating exactly when you should and should not quit, in your opinion. some people quit when they’re having a bad marathon because it just isn’t their day and they want to save their energy and body for another marathon, it’s an individual decision and no one should judge someone for quitting..or not quitting. anyone who runs 26.2 miles has the right to decide for themselves what is best for them on that day because it is their race, unless their fundraising depends on their finish and even then, it is up to the runner to make that decision. I hope your recovery is going well and you are taking a well-deserved rest.

  28. Unfortunately when we put our stories out there for the world to read we are going to get some critics. And it is impossible to 100% interpret emotions and feelings through the written word. It is truly what mood and mindset the READER is in that will result in how they interpret your words, story and ultimately react. I think it sucks that you felt you had to follow up with this post to clarify to the people who were sipping on haterade when they read your Boston recap post. I’ve been following your blog for a long time and not once have I ever misinterpreted what you wrote and took it the way some of the people did. Bottom line, we are all adults and in charge of our own bodies and minds and if someone thinks your words would encourage others to push through a time when they should be seeking medical attention, well that’s asinine if you ask me! You are an inspiration to so many, and I really did love this follow-up AND your Boston recap. Keep smiling girl, you are so strong and such an inspiration. The haters will come and go, but they don’t matter, it’s those that encourage you and those that you encourage that matter in the end. Keep dreaming big!
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  29. I loved the first post and this one even more. After running 20 marathons, I would think you know how your body reacts to running. Way to stand by your words and actions!
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  30. This is why I read your blog. For the authenticity and your ability to know yourself and not tell others to be you. You are such an inspiration.

  31. I thought that both of your posts about the marathon were awesome, and I loved both of them. You are an inspiration to me. I think you know your own body, and it’s not up to some random to tell you that you needed medical attention. If you know your body, you decide. Don’t second guess yourself. You found your strong and that’s all that matters.
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  32. As a runner with chronic illness, I understood the intention of your first post and appreciate your follow-up post, too! :-)
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  33. Wow… i didnt take your last post as “dangerous,” but I’m glad to see that the running community has come together in concern for a fellow runner. One thing we runners learn early is to “listen to your body.” Great post and, although it might not have been necessary, thank you for the follow up. Cheers.
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  34. I don’t think my original comment made it on your Boston Recap, but I wanted to say that your Boston recap was MORE INSPIRING than so many of your other race recaps where you run fast and everything goes well (no to discount the effort and training that those runs take:-) But on Monday you exhibited a different kind of toughness, mental toughness that allowed you to “throw off everything that hinders” including the self-doubt and pride that could have kept you from finishing. I encourage you today to continue to “throw off everything that hinders” (meaning the negative comments of people who don’t get it) and “run the race that God has marked out for you” and that “race” is more important than any road race you’ll ever run:-) XOXO (don’t let the haters bring you down!)
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  35. It’s your blog and you’re entitled to write what you want. You shouldn’t have to feel like you need to justify what you said. Be strong and proud, Dorothy.
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  36. Here’s what I have to say to people who question a 20x marathoner… Mind your own damn business! You know your body better than anyone. And I’m sure you would know if you needed to step out of that race. You are a well oiled machine and you can crank out some insane speeds. But sometimes conditions change things and that’s what happened Monday. I know you are proud of yourself! We are proud of you! (and sorry for the bad word).
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  37. I am so glad you have the ability and desire to put your story out there knowing there will be criticism. It is part of life. The whole world will never agree on one thing.

    But I got what you were saying about crying and not quitting. In a recent half in which I was directed the wrong way by volunteers I experienced a similar frustration. I was pissed. I was disappointed that my great timing and training was messed up. I cried. I walked a bit. I was tempted to quit but I didn’t. I told myself you don’t quit just because of a detour. You do because you NEED to. Later my stomach killed me. I ran harder. I knew it was because I forgot to drink right when I was pissed and my body was just grumbling. That was it.

    Runners learn to truly read their bodies the more they run. Only you can determine what is best for you and I love your follow up post reiterating this. You had a huge battle with Boston and shone beautifully. I know it was your best running time ever but I feel it was a fantastic running day for you since you persevered. You found your strong and carried on. And one day your strong may be choosing to not finish but you knew that last Monday was not that day. Congratulations!
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  38. I loved your post and could feel the emotion of the race and the day through your writing. Sorry to hear people took it out of context and that you felt the need to write this explanation. You ran an amazing race and running a marathon is hard work, even in mild temps. Congratulations again on a great race!!!

  39. Great post!

  40. VERY well put. It always drives me nuts when fellow bloggers hop all over one another trying to tell eachother how to do things the “right” way — when really, we ALL run races very differently, and react to races and conditions like those on Monday VERY differently. To each his/her own already!!
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  41. Great follow up post. I, for one, did not take anything you said the way others might have. But I’m glad that you stood your ground, defended your actions/decisions, and aren’t letting the thoughts/comments of others waver you in any way.
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  42. I think this follow up is great. I think people don’t know their bodies, or listen to what their bodies are telling them, so they are the ones that probably didn’t understand.
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  43. Wow Dorothy – honestly it never occurred to me to take your recap other than as you intended. While I love the honesty of this post I’m frustrated that you felt you needed to defend yourself or your actions. It’s your blog and, more importantly, it’s your body and I think after 20 marathons you know how to read the signals and take of yourself.

    Congrats again on your Boston Marathon finish! You continue to inspire me!
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  44. It didn’t sound like you needed medical attention to me. But that you definitely needed to take care once the race was over. I love this post. I have to admit that I have DNFed some races because I couldn’t bear the thought of a slow finish time. This post reminds me that there is glory in the finish.
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  45. Great post Dorothy! I read your original recap as intended, I think. You pushed through a lot on Monday – way to go!!! Congrats on #20. You are amazing!
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  46. WELL SAID! You know yourself better than anyone else. There are always going to be haters out there :) Enjoy that glory of finishing!!
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  47. Dorothy, I DNF’d Monday because of a hip injury and when my sister told me that night (while I was in a wheelchair in the airport) that you had run a 4:20, I have to confess, it was one of the most encouraging things I’d heard all day. I was crushed not to finish my first Boston, and knowing that I wasn’t the only person who had had a hard time was really comforting. I loved your race report and felt so proud of you for continuing on in such miserable conditions. This post is also excellent–I didn’t listen to my body beforehand because I just SO BADLY wanted to run Boston, but 17.6 miles in, I had to listen and stop. Now I’m barely able to walk and am just praying that I will quickly mend so I can qualify for next year.

    Congratulations on Number 20!

  48. I’ve said it so many times… Yes, running definitely takes physical fitness, I’m not saying other wise – but the hardest part is training our minds not to give up when the going gets tough. Not ONLY did you get that #20 under your belt, but you beat the race against your mind.

    That in itself is an incredible thing and deserves applause and respect all in its own
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  49. Great follow up Dorothy– I never would have taken that from your first post…. I know that you are too smart/ too experienced of a runner to be continuing when you needed medical attention…. that kind of goes without saying with your experience and level…. I’m sorry you even had to clarify if you received any negativity…. sorry you had to deal with that. I didn’t post on your boston recap but coudln’t wait to hear how you DID! I’m proud of you, what a tough race, and I LOOOOOVED hearing about your experience- I agree with you on so many levels- once you quit, it is always so much easier, and that there is no reason to quit just becuase you’re not going gto be thrilled with the “time”… the time doesn’t say anything about the RACE… it really tells you no information- race could be windy, hot, you could have had GI stuff, who KNOWS….. I loved to hear how you experienced it and I love my little email updates from you, CONGRATS TO YOU!!
    (and please don’t let any negative comments make you feel bad… I’m truly surprised people took it that way).

  50. Dorothy your last post made me cry. It was probably more inspiring than your fastest marathon post because of your perseverance, your drive, your determination and especially your willingness to share all of your feelings including the not so happy ones. It was raw, it was honest, it was brave. Thank you for that. Running is rewarding – yes – but it’s also hard. Run that body! You found your Strong

  51. You are such an inspiration! Your attitude, your running ability, everything. I am so glad to have found your blog.
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  52. I have been following your blog for about a year now, and never commented. I wanted to comment this time and let you know what an inspiration you are to me. I am the mom of two little girls, 4 and 2. I’ve been running for a year, and have finished 7 5k’s. I’m not fast, my fastest was 36:00 and I think it was a fluke. I was so encouraged to see your marathon recap, and those 17:00 miles at the end! I’m not happy that you weren’t feeling well, but I am happy that you’re sending the message that it’s ok to walk if you have to, and it’s ok to not PR in a race. I don’t know that I’ll ever run a marathon, but you certainly inspire me to try, and for that I thank you!
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  53. Dorothy, Your boston recap was so inspiring to me, that I dreamed about it the same night i read it. Don’t listen to the crazies……they don’t bring love or support in their words.
    you are amazing. You are smart and wise…if you weren’t, you wouldn’t have accomplished all that you have. I seem to like you more and more….you’re a good woman, a fantastic runner, and an amazing person.

    Keep pressing on girl!
    N. xx
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  54. It’s unfortunate that you have to justify your run on YOUR blog… but it’s appreciated by those who questioned you I’m sure. At no point when reading your recap did I think you should have stopped and ‘quit’. You of all people know how to listen to your body since you’re a seasoned runner. Every post from you comes from the heart and that is why I keep coming back for more. Keep it up, Dorothy!
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  55. Great follow up and explanation that taking care of our bodies still predominates. I had no doubt that you were mindful of your body’s needs. You’re a great example!
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  56. I’m sorry you got criticism, Dorothy. You deserve congratulations and I appreciate your detailed race report. You inspire me, especially since I’m a mom of 4… and you train with a stroller. I am so inspired by you. Don’t let them get you down…. you deserve more! Keep it up.

  57. You go girl! I have to agree with you that listening to your body is worth more than millions of first prize medals. I mean, what good is it for if you’re suffering from something quite serious, right? I rest when my body asks for rest. I listen to my body’s simple requests whenever my marathon training program gets a little harder.

    It doesn’t make you any less of a runner – oh you already know that. Thanks for sharing this post!

  58. I love that you speak up for yourself. I always know that what I read on your blog will be 100% honest and I need that in my life. Congratulations on finishing #20. SO AMAZING.

  59. P.S. The new blog design looks awesome!

  60. Dorothy, I am actually glad that you made the clarification on this second post. I do feel like there’s a difference between stopping because you need to and quitting. My running group talks about your blog alot while we are running, and when you had your original post up, I brought up the fact that DNFing does not necessarily mean that you “quit.” I took it personally. I have run 25 marathons, and I have had 1 DNF, at the St. Louis Go Marathon in 2010. The DNF was due to the fact that I was sick with a stomach bug, getting sick all over the place and staggering through a 25-minute mile for Mile 22. Though incoherent, I still knew then I would not even make the race time cut-off (amazing that I could still do the “marathon math” in those conditions!). I was taken to the hospital and given IVs of fluid. My BP was dangerously low. Read about it here http://howwerollkatiesblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/no-go-in-st-louis-go-marathon.html. The next year I came back to finish the race (my marathoning husband came to spectate and encourage). I walked and got 3 10+-minute miles, but I still pulled a 3:35 because I wanted it so badly! I called my blog entry “If you don’t succeed, try, try again.” See it here http://howwerollkatiesblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed-try-try.html. It is my hope that I am not remembered by the failure but by the success the following year and the spirit that I had in not giving up.
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    • Katie – so sorry that you took it personally! My blog is about ME. I don’t judge others. I believe you have to do what is best for you in a race. My mom took a deferal that day because she decided it wasn’t smart for her to run in those temperatures and I agreed with her. I don’t think she is a quitter – I think she made the smart choice for her. Please always know in my blog that I never aim to offend others and that I am not judgemental of choices others make.
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  61. Dorothy, in your reply to Michael earlier, you wrote: “Yes I knew it was heat exhaustion I was suffering from”.

    And now you’re claiming in this post that you were NOT suffering from heat exhaustion?

    That is an inconsistency.

    • Anon –
      This post was not in response to Michael’s comment earlier. What I am saying in this post is that I know my body best and that it is not for someone else to email me and judge whether or not I should have walked off. I also wanted to make it very clear that I was not saying anyone was a quitter if they did not finish that day or if they took the deferal. I did not want to have someone decide to push themselves too far in a race because they had read my post and mistook my words to say that stopping when you need medical attention is quitting. I was NOT to the point where I needed medical intervention. In fact had I taken a spot in the medic tent I would have been taking away a spot from someone who really needed it.

      Have a wonderful day ~ Dorothy
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    • Also Michael – if you wanted to talk to me further about anything rather than leaving anon comments on my blog you can use the contact form to email me. I don’t judge you for not stopping when you were cramping. Thank you.

  62. Having followed the build up to Boston and the excitement I understood your 1st post, this is a great one as well!

  63. Samantha says:

    Wow, the internet is so…odd. I’m surprised and disappointed to read that you got so much negative feedback on your recap. I thought it was a great post and, as usual, inspiring. And frankly, it’s nice to know that you are human too and don’t always run fast. Hang in there.

  64. Spoken with a sense of wisdom that can only come from true humility and grace. It’s official: I adore you…adore! Congrats on the glory of the finish, my friend :)

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  1. [...] Do As I Say, Not As I Do – Dorothy responds to criticism she received after recapping her Boston Marathon experience, which was less than comfortable, to put it VERY lightly. I admire her for addressing her critics head on and explaining herself more in detail to her readers so that they got the full story. Check out her recap too, then read this! [...]

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