Until this year, the last time I had a DNS (did not start) in a race was Jan 1997 (and there was a girl involved in that one so it was TOTALLY worth it). And yes, they had races back in 1997, you can even Google a few of them. This year I DNSed Endless Summer 6 Hour race and will DNS a couple of more races this fall with my slow recovery from pneumonia.
But instead of looking at DNS as a failure, I am trying to look at it as the start of something else. Although I won’t be able to run a fall marathon, maybe by concentrating on run walk it will help me next year when I try my hand at trail running ultras (or at least be some use when I face plant and have to pick myself up (repeatedly)). I won’t know for a year, if this is just me being fanciful (which FYI beats being fanciempty) or actually will turn out with me completing a 100 miler before the dreaded time cutoff.
I realize that in many ways I am lucky. My situation could have turned out to be much worse and it is improving. There are worse things in life than having to walk a bit of every mile and if that is my worst problem I should feel lucky.
Next weekend is Labor Day and I will try my 3 day in a row running routine that I typically do with 3 day weekends. A long run on Sat, a recovery run on Sun, and a longish run on Mon.
I’ll let you know how it turns out. If nothing else, it will be a start.