I might be facing my 1st DNS…

1 Jul

I mentioned in my last post that I am experiencing some ankle issues.  Well, it has been over a week since I have been able to run and on Saturday my ankle swelled like a balloon after a few hours of walking standing on it.  The swelling has gone down, but not away.  Of course my sports med doc is out this week.  Dr. Husband has diagnosed tendonitis and that I must stay off it (i.e. no running and limited walking).  I rode yesterday and again, no issues.  My foot was no more swollen after the ride than it was before the ride.  And I am swimming, although after an hour of pushing off the wall of the pool, it starts to hurt.

My race is less than a month away and I am starting doubt that I will be able to start.  At this point, I can’t even walk the 13 miles.  I don’t know if I am tough enough to swim, bike and bail.  My competitive streak will kick in and I can almost guarantee that I will convince myself that I am ok enough to stick it out.  I think it is MUCH harder to pull yourself than to race injured.

The other kicker is I raised money for this race.  To not start the race makes me feel like I have let everybody down.  I know that one of my donors will be upset or disappointed, but I will feel bad.  They gave the money to a charity and not me, I know, but it still stinks.

I am not making any decisions yet, but it is on the plate.  A DNS may be in my future.

Have you ever had a DNS or DNF? Have you ever DNS a charity fundraising race?


8 Responses to “I might be facing my 1st DNS…”

  1. tootallfritz July 1, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Ugh! Not fun to have to think about those decisions. 😦

    I was a DNF for the half IM in Muncie (which was downgraded to Olympic due to heat) last year b/c I couldn’t run (or barely walk). It was kinda sad but I was glad that I went and did what I could.

    And I was a DNS the Chicago Marathon last year for the same reason. I raised $$ for RMHC but took the injury buy out so paid all the $$ myself. I was very thankful that I didn’t have donors to deal with them.

    Injuries are a game changer. Never fun. Never convenient.

  2. Megan July 1, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I DNSed my first half marathon. And my second. The first was due to a stomach virus that hit 12 hours before race start. I was so incredibly upset because I had trained SO hard. I immediately signed up for another local half so I could get the half marathon under my belt. Well, it turned out that my training was overworking my body and my complete inability to bounce back from the virus led to major medical testing that revealed a minor heart condition. Diagnosis wasn’t complete as of the date of that second half marathon, so once again, I was a DNS.

    Just because you are doing this as a charity race does not mean that you are invincible. You have to do what your body says is right. If you have to DNS, pick another race and make that your unofficial charity race. Tell all of your donors that you’re doing it.

  3. dccog July 1, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    1. Stop running on it.
    2. Stop pushing off the walls (open wall turns!)
    3. Supplement the running with some hard core aqua jogging.
    4. Spend quality time icing and putting in salt baths to get the swelling down.
    5. Do everything you can to protect that ankle while biking as well.

    And then go into the race knowing that you are going to play it by ear. I knew going into Raleigh HIM I wasn’t ready – but the PT and Coach and I agreed that I would call the race as soon as things were heading south because I was too pig headed to pull out of the race. I did race longer then I should have – but I called it quits with only 4 miles left on the run because I knew it would mean that I wouldn’t be able to race for the rest of the season if I did finihs.

  4. Christy @My Dirt Road Anthem July 1, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    I DNS three races so far this year. Hated it, but I knew it was the best thing to do, I would have only injured myself more and been miserable. It would be better to concentrate on getting better!

  5. Pam July 1, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    AW! I have my first two DNS’s this year. One I was able to transfer to a later race at the end of the year (assume I can do it even then) and the other I just ate the fee on. Neither have been fundraising races, but I am sure that your donors will understand. It isn’t like you aren’t going to start because you didn’t put in the effort. Is there any way to defer to next year? Maybe you can start but DNF if the run isn’t possible? I’m not an expert at all, but I think you need to do what is best for your body. Big hugs!

  6. cwupcake July 1, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    Ugh… I DNF’d a trail marathon and DNS’d a couple Gorucks and a charity 4 miler. I randomly developed asthma for the DNF and the first Goruck hadn’t controlled it well enough to finish. The other Gorucks I DNS’d because I didn’t want to screw myself up more for the rest of my races. The charity run DNS was thanks to a fabulous little stress reaction on my tibia. Grrr..
    Heal fast and smart.

  7. 6packmomma July 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    I guess River City Run was my first DNS, other than that I’ve never had to pull myself before. You’re right though, if you start you will talk yourself into finishing. I would do the exact same thing. That’s partly why I won’t race right now. My leg is feeling much better, but I know I can’t race like I want and I’ll tell myself that I’ll just “take it easy”, then that gun will go off and……

    *hugs* hang in there Toughie!!

  8. AMB July 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I hear you and as hard as it is you have to remember this isn’t just about this race but to keep racing for your life. I am about to have my first DNS in my only 2 season of my career and could potentially be a 2nd one if I can’t get back to training soon as I haven’t been able to workout for nearly a month due to a car accident in which I had a severe lower back strain. It breaks my heart but I know that it is right decision because I want to race for the rest of my life not just this next race. I’m not willing to wreck my life. I think it also helps that I’m not a pro because this isn’t my livelihood. I know this is hard right now but you want to race more than just this month.

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