Last Saturday I had planned to run a night time 1/2 marathon through the streets of Los Angeles with a bunch of girlfriends. I trained for it. I paid for it. I got excited for it. Then I got sick.
This certainly isn't the first time I had to back out of a race, but this was a new experience for me. I decided to go as a spectator and possibly walk the 5k. I already had a room booked with a good friend that I don't see often enough, and sitting at home was not doing much to enhance my personality.
I ended up having a great time, and a PR in the 5k! That is a joke, sort of. I have never signed up for a 5k because the distance seems too short to warrant payment. So it was my first 5k, but I walked it as fast as I could. I am really proud of this prudent decision.
It was really fun to be out at night with a bunch of gal-pals. Something I do not do often enough. It was fun to see some sordid spots of LA that I could never walk through alone at night. And it was especially fun to support my girlfriends. One ran her first 1/2 marathon, 2 got new PR's, one struggled from lack of preparation and got inspired, and one had to walk it like me and didn't have to feel alone. And I got to know a few people better in the process.
All in all, I'd say it was one of my best races. The best I never ran.