If you follow my “running account” on Instagram, you already know.
I was signed up for the Davis Moo-nlight Run 10k again this year. I had re-arranged my half marathon training schedule to fit in this 10k race and I was really, really looking forward to it.
However, on Saturday, I heavy-heartedly decided on a DNS.
This is the first time I had to cancel a race and it sucked and it wasn’t an easy decision. I love this race: It’s LOCAL, it’s a NIGHT RACE and it comes with a lot of COOL SWAG… I really enjoyed participating last year and I was pretty bummed that I had to back out, but I had to use some common sense here and err on the side of caution.
I mentioned that my right ankle had been bothering me last week and even though I had iced it for a few days and then KT-taped it for a 2-mile test run on Saturday morning (which went pretty well), I wasn’t 100% confident that putting 6+ extra miles on it quite yet was such a good idea.
Besides, it also was like 99°F at 7 p.m., although that really wouldn’t have deterred me from running. I would have just run slower. BUT, I have the SF half marathon coming up in less than two weeks and I really didn’t want to jeopardize my starting there.
I’ve been pretty lucky so far when it comes to injuries. In the 4 years since I’ve taken up a more serious running schedule, I haven’t had any pain/injury that sidelined me for more than a couple of days. I don’t even know if I would call it injuries because they were usually just some ‘growing pains’ from more intense workouts.
Knowing when to give your body a rest and not push through any pain is a skill that needs to be acquired and circumstances, luckily, offered me very little opportunity for personal experiences with it so far. That doesn’t mean I don’t know when to take a break and I think it was the right decision.
It’s just so funny though. It’s like most people say, when you’re forced to take a break, all you want to do is get out there and run. It seriously is the best thing if you’re suffering from a lack of motivation.
Ok, I do have an runner’s’ etiquette question for you though:I still went to get my race-shirt and race bib – is that wrong? I mean, I paid for the shirt and it’s really cute.
Cross your heart and tell me how you usually handle this when you DNS? Is it tacky to own/wear a shirt of a race you ended up not running (for whatever reason)?
On a different note, I realized afterward, when I was back in my car already, that they didn’t want to see my race registration or ID when I picked up my bib/shirt and I think I should have said something. I know, this is a smaller race (although, there were still 1300+ participants and f***k, I just checked the results, I think I there would have been a good chance I could have placed in my age group, damnit! Haha!!) and bib theft is probably rare(r), but I still feel they should have done a better job making sure only people, who were signed up, could get to the race bibs and shirts. Don’t you think?