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To quote some advice from my all time favorite @kobebryant, “Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it's all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus…focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It's a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it.” Unfortunately, I will be unable to compete in this year’s @chimarathon due to an ongoing fracture in my calcaneal bone. After training well and pain free for several months, I am heartbroken to have to withdraw. I am completely determined to figure out the cause of this injury and let it rest completely. With, God willing, a long career ahead, this is only the beginning and I believe that going through all of this will only make me stronger. Thank you to everyone for all of your support and kind words. I’ve continued and loved the sport for so long because I enjoy sharing my gift with all of you. I am inspired and dedicated to fully recovering and coming back better than ever from this, in order to put on many beautiful performances for you for years to come. Words cannot express my gratitude for your continued support, loyalty and belief. ❤️🙏 @oregonproject @nikerunning @nike @pacesportsmanagement @sword @biprousa @thorneresearch @thebodyworkinstitute @pace_pdx @skianmachine @davidmchenry13

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American runner Jodan Hasay has announced she will not run this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 7 after all, due to an ongoing stress fracture in her heel bone. Hasay was also scheduled to run the Copenhagen Half-Marathon last weekend, and pulled out at the last minute.

Race organizers also reported that Mexican runner Madai Perez and Paul Lonyongata of Kenya also will not start at Chicago, and that American Luke Puskedra and two-time Chicago winner Florence Kiplagat of Kenya have joined the elite roster. 

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Six days ago Hasay was posting about her excitement about racing Chicago. In the new post, Hasay, who trains with the Nike Oregon Project led by Alberto Salazar, repeated a lengthy quote from retired Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant on the challenge of taking time to heal. She also said, “After training well and pain free for several months, I am heartbroken to have to withdraw.”  

Hasay ran her personal best last year in Chicago, finishing in 2:20:57, which is the second-fastest American women’s all-time. She was expected to try to contest Deena Kastor’s American record (2:19:36).

Hasay’s compatriots Amy Cragg and Olympic triathlon gold-medallist Gwen Jorgensen will run Chicago. The biggest draws in the men’s marathon will be American Galen Ruppwho proved his mettle as a 2:06 marathoner in Prague earlier this year, and the U.K.’s Sir Mo Farah, who broke the British marathon record at the London Marathon in April with his third-place time of 2:06:21.

Chicago will also see Kenyans Abel Kirui, Geoffrey Kirui, and Brigid Kosgei, and Birhane Dibaba of Ethiopia.

 

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