Ok, this is not a funny topic.
But let’s face it. Things happen. The more races that you run, the more likely that you will either DNS or DNF or even both.
I have been lucky (or maybe just stubborn) but I have never had a DNF.
That doesn’t I mean that I haven’t come close or should probably have.
There was the time when I ignored a metatarsal stress fracture… and ran TWO races.
Then there was the time that I broke my foot at mile 1 and finished the 5K,
Of course, there was the time that the race was cancelled due to extreme heat, but I stubbornly continued running and crossed that finish line.
Now DNSes…I’ve had plenty. I register for a lot of races and I register early so there are several reasons for a DNS:
Yes, I’ve skipped a 5k or two because of rain. (But I have run half marathons in the rain.)
- Travel Miscues
I have missed races because of cancelled flights. Twice that I can remember.
The most common reason has been all my injuries – strained Achilles in 2010, broken ankle and stress fracture in 2013 and broken foot in 2013.
However, probably only two or three total DNSes from injuries. Not too bad.
- Race Cancellation
Unfortunately, I just had one. And it sucked.
I have also had races re-scheduled due to weather.
- Lack of Mojo
Nope, none here. If I sign up for a race, I run it. For me, running a race is the best cure for a mojo slump.
- Lack of Training
Same here. I may not race the race. But I will run it and even if I have to walk a lot of it.
Here are some interesting posts/articles on this topic:
In other words, sh##t happens and we deal. Sometimes we make the right decisions and other times, not. Either way, we move on and sign up for another race.
Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies: