Making the Smart Decision (For Once)

Plan BI used to pride myself on having a high tolerance for pain. I’ve been lucky to have only a few minor running injuries in the two years since I started, like IT Band Syndrome, Runner’s Knee, some possible Plantar, but nothing major.

That is until three weeks ago when I started having chest pains 8 miles into my spring goal race. The pains passed, I was able to finish the race, but I missed my goal of setting a PR and none of my runs have felt the same since. My easy runs have felt harder than they should, and my race pace runs have felt really tough – I’ve been walking, a lot.

I would be kidding myself if I said I was in shape to hit my goal PR this weekend at the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I’d also be kidding myself if I said I wasn’t scared those chest pains would return mid-race. The truth of the matter is I’ve been really disappointed in my running since the race three weeks ago and honestly I’ve lost some of that confidence I gained over the past few months of training.

I’m not 100 percent and I know if I decided to race at Brooklyn this weekend, my heart wouldn’t truly be in it (no pun intended). So I’m not going to run. It sucks. A part of me thinks taking the DNS (did not start) is the easy way out but a bigger part of me knows this is the smart decision, both physically and mentally.

I have a doctor’s appointment scheduled so I can figure out what’s up and hopefully get the all clear. I’m just going to take this time to refocus, try to get healthy, and regain some of that running confidence in time to start training for my fall goal – The Chicago Marathon.

Have you ever taken a DNS for a race? How did you deal with it?

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5 thoughts on “Making the Smart Decision (For Once)

  1. It’s always a tough decision but it’s definitely the smart move. I had a a DNS last November for my second half marathon. It was a bummer especially since I organized for a bunch of friends to do a road trip down to southern Utah to run it. But it was the right decision for my body.

  2. Yes, when I was injured last year. I was disappointed, but tried to focus on my long term goals. To reach those goals, I had to be well.

    You’re wise not to run Brooklyn. Take care of yourself.

  3. As weird as it seems, I’ve learned more from a DNF and a DNS than any other race event. The lows are the learning moments that make the highs so great. Hope everything is OK!

  4. I’ve never had a DNF but I have missed a race due to me being an idiot and registering for two races on the same day.
    If you have chest pains – do not run. I’m not a physician, but I always say – live to run another day. This may be nothing ,but it could be serious. You are wise to get this checked out.

  5. Totally sucks!! I’ve learned that it’s always better to listen to your body. There will be other races. I’ve only had one DNS from last March and I was torn between wanting to race and risking more damage to my injury. Take care and be well.

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