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Sometimes dropping a race is harder than running it

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 11, 2014

Boo. I hated to do it, but I decided yesterday to scratch from the Zooma Texas Half Marathon.

I’ve never pulled out of a race. Ever.

I tweaked a calf muscle about halfway through the Statesman Capitol 10,000 last weekend, though, and while the injury wasn’t enough to require medical attention, I knew I’d only make it worse if I ran 13.1 miles. It doesn’t hurt, exactly, at least not when I walk. It’s more like I’m conscious of it - I feel that little muscle with every step. And running, well, does hurt.

A little back and forth argument has been playing in my mind. One side tells me I’ll be fine, then the other reminds me my body is not a machine, and if it hurts I shouldn’t do it.

That side finally won, but it wasn’t easy to take my own advice. It’s easy to tell someone else that it’s OK to skip a race once in a while, but when it’s you, it’s somehow different.


I’ve run Zooma four times. I love the race, with its challenging, hilly course that starts and finishes at the Hyatt Lost Pines west of Bastrop. The route winds past wildflowers, horses and cattle, and finishes with a zigzag through the resort’s golf course. When it’s over, you get a charm instead of a medal. It’s terrific.

Still thinking about running it? You can, if you go to packet pickup between 2 and 8 p.m. today at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Lost Pines Road. Registration is $120 for the half, $90 for the 10K or $65 for the 5K. For more information go to

And if you’re already signed up, enjoy the race. It’s a fun one!