A few comments turned up on my Facebook feed over the weekend. Typically using the quote, as shown above.
As much as I liked this quote previously, it makes my DID NOT START sound like I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed…
Let me explain… Training for Medibank Melbourne Half Marathon was going to plan. I had a couple of weeks with a 17k, 16k, 17k and knew that I could easily finish off with a 21.2k… The weekend arrived and I was volunteering at the launch of a new parkrun at Bannockburn, Vic. It should have been a rest day for me, so tailwalking was the plan, to also get my run credit, as I’m nearing the 50 milestone. About one kilometre in, I was on some uneven ground, went over on my ankle and heard a very loud crack. There was a bit of pain, but nothing drastic, so I carried on and completed my volunteer role. (Should this have been my first DNF???) While the volunteers were processing the results, I removed my shoe to examine the damage. My foot had swollen up to be twice the size, so a decision had to be made soon. How quickly do I attend the hospital? Do I attempt to run 21.2k then go? Shall I go now?? The decision was made and off we went to the ED. We checked in, straight through, xrays done, and out the door within an hour. I have an “avulsion fracture” which means that the tendon or ligament has pulled off a piece of the bone. Rest and time will help it heal…
So, I (no, the doctors) chose to be a DNS at my event. I was planning to stay at home and rest up, but my family kindly told me to come to the event as support crew. I was at the start line with my friends, hobbled round the expo, and then made my way to the finish line, then joined the crew for a slap up burger and milkshake to celebrate.
The choice of being a DID NOT START was taken out of my hands due to injury, but the above quote had been branded about all weekend to help runners who either started their races with an injury, or were forced to pull out because of one. It does not make them any better than me because they started and it certainly forces the issue of how we motivate AND sympathize with our run buddies when problems start.
So, I am choosing to celebrate all the training I HAVE done, as that was really the journey and the majority of the work to this stage.
There will be other races to participate in and I’m already looking at the race calender…….