Well, I’m guessing by the title you’ve already figured out that I didn’t end up running the Ted Corbitt 15K on Saturday. I suppose I got greedy by signing up. I should have just run the Richmond Half Marathon and ended the year there.
I struggled with whether or not I should run this race for the greater part of the last two weeks; since this muscle spasm started. Two weeks ago I ran 7 miles and felt great.
Late that night, maybe from carrying something to too heavy (still unclear), my back started spasming again. I woke up the next morning, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, to run a 5K in Riverside Park with Abby and immediately knew that wasn’t happening. Yet another DNS (did not start) this year. How was that possible? I had been feeling great since Richmond. Maybe even better than I had felt all year. I went back to Flywheel and felt stronger than I had in months. I was all set to return to Refine Method on that Monday but knew that wasn’t happening either.
What went wrong? I had been doing everything right. I allowed my body ample recovery time after Richmond. I kept up with my strength and PT exercises, and stretching remained a priority. In the end, the muscle imbalances and weaknesses I’ve dealt with this year, no thanks to broken wing, are taking longer than expected to correct and are still lingering around. Can someone tell them they are no longer welcome? Thanks.
Two weeks ago, after resting for a few days, I was finally feeling good enough for a short, slow run. That Thursday, I ran 4.5 glorious miles in Central Park and felt pretty good post-run.
By 4pm that afternoon, I felt awful. After 6 days of rest, no running, and not feeling significantly better, I decided it was time to head back to PT. Again. After two days of PT, and riding the stationary bike (read: the most boring thing ever invented), the muscle spasm had greatly improved.
I woke up on race morning still not knowing whether or not I would, or should, run the race with my friends. I loved this race last year.
I had been looking forward to Allison visiting and running it with her since we signed up months ago.
I put on my running shoes and ran up and down the hallway in my pajamas to see how my back felt. It felt okay. Good even. In my gut, I think I knew what the right choice was all along; even though it wasn’t what my heart wanted. I guess I simply wasn’t ready to say it out loud. I’m skipping another race with my friends again. I’m DNS-ing. Again. Ultimately, I decided that being smart that day, and listening to my body, would give me the best possible chance of starting 2015 off on the right foot. Sure, running probably would’ve felt fine during the race. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t worth the huge setback it would have probably led to and another week of feeling awful and in pain. I want to go back to spin. I want to finally make my triumphant return to Refine Method and get strong again. I want to run healthy. On Saturday, these dreams for a strong, healthy 2015 won over 9.3 miles with my friends. Here’s to a strong 2015; full of injury-free running and maybe even a few shiny, new PRs!
Have you ever DNS’d more races than you ran in a year?
Would you have skipped the race or taken your chances?
Do you think it’s “better” to DNS or DNF? (DNS=did not start; DNF=did not finish for my non-running friends)