The dreaded DNS is like the F word(s) for runners. No runner wants to ever have to take a DNS -“Did not show” for a race that they have trained for. Realistically, it’s bound to happen to all of us. Running can take a toll on a body and we all get injured at some point in our “running careers”. Still, when it does happen you, it can feel like the rug is just pulled out from under you.
Running thoughts on a DNS
We all have bumps in the road and highs and lows with our recreational running. It can seem like everything is going really well, miles are flying by and training runs are being checked off. Then, seemingly without warning, there it is. A pain pops up out of nowhere, a twisted knee or ankle or even an awkward step off a sidewalk and boom. You are done.
That’s exactly what happened to me a few weeks back. I was flying high on my fall runs feeling like I was making a comeback after the tough summer humidity. Then, after an uneventful run, the front of my hip started hurting. Hmm what’s that all about? Like many of us, I ignored it and figured it would go away. But it didn’t, in fact, it got worse. I could hardly walk the next day. I had never experienced anything like this and assumed it would resolve itself. One week turned into two and still I was unable to run.
With my 10K race approaching, I knew it was not in the cards this time around. It was sad to admit that I would be a DNS for the Veteran’s Day 10K in DC. I have done this race a number of times and it’s always one of my favorites. I find it so meaningful to walk by the Veteran’s memorial to pay my respects on this day and feel rather emotional running in DC to honor the veterans that help keep us safe. In addition, this course is flat and fast and it’s the course that I have run my own personal best on a few times.
To make matters worse, it’s my birthday week. Does anything scream “old lady” like a sore hip? Adding a little fuel to the fire, a bunch of my friends signed up to run it with me. Ugh. While I was so happy to see their smiling finish line photos on Facebook, a part of me just wanted to crawl under my covers and cry. Ok, so maybe I did do that for a minute.
This is not the first running injury to sideline me and I am sure it’s not the last. This is the nature of running. Fingers crossed I will be back out there with my crew crossing finish lines in no time. It just seems like forever when you are on IR.
Tell me about a time you had to take a DNS. Thanks for letting me vent about mine. I am feeling better already!