Be Thankful for the Days You Can Run

Today was the day of my goal race. Instead, it was my first DNS (did not start).

Short story: I got sick overnight. I went to a Cinco de Mayo party yesterday and ate way too much. But I got home at a reasonable hour, and made it to bed on time at 9pm. I wasn’t nervous at all, it was probably the most calm I’ve been before a big race. Unfortunately, around 11pm, I woke up to an upset stomach and thought “wait am I still really full, or am I going to throw up?” Answer: throw up.

Initially I thought, maybe it’s nerves. (Despite feeling so calm.) I hoped maybe it’s just this one puking episode, and I can go back to bed and be fine in the morning.

But no, that was not the case. I’ll spare you the details, but I was definitely not fine by morning. Leaving the house wasn’t an option, much less running 13 miles.

Of course it’s a major bummer, I’ve been looking forward to this race for over a year – I wanted to run it last year as a “redemption run” but had a wedding the night before. And a lot of my friends were there today running and cheering. And my best friend ran her second half marathon today and I wanted to be able to cheer for her as she finished.

But no big deal. It’s just a race. There will be other races for me (I’m already considering some options May 18-19). And there were lots of other friends at the race to cheer on my best friend in my place.

It’s just a reminder to be thankful for the days when you can run 13.1 miles, or any distance. Today is not that day for me. Flat runner stayed flat this morning, LOL.

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24 Comments on “Be Thankful for the Days You Can Run”

  1. I feel so bad that this happened to you, food poisoning is the absolute worst! I had similar feelings when I had it last month, I really missed being active. And eating. And not puking all the time. Ugh.

    Glad to hear you’re already looking for a new half though! It took me a week to feel 100%, so the 18th sounds like plenty of time for you to recover and get a few runs in. Feel better soon!

  2. I have taken more than my share of DNS’s in my running life and it sucks, but like you said there are always more races. Besides, time goes by so quickly that the 2014 SW Half will be here before we know it! Hope you feel better and flat runner doesn’t stay flat much longer! 🙂

  3. My heart breaks for you! I can’t imagine how difficult it is to go through this, but you have the right mindset. There are plenty of other races and you will kick butt at them. Feel better!

  4. Congrats on your amazing and positive attitude, though, Maggie! I’m sending you lots of good vibes for a resilient performance in a couple of weeks. 🙂

  5. Sorry to hear about getting sick. That is always disappointing to DNS. I’ve had my own problems with GI issues before races, but not that bad so I can only imagine. If you decide to run the Chicago Spring Half, let me know, we can probably give each other a good push since I was targeting that one as my goal race.

  6. I am so sorry to hear that you got the overnight stomach bug – I have been there and it is the WORST. Get as much rest as you can and I wish you the speediest of recoveries!

  7. Hope you feel better quickly. DNS is better than DNF in the scheme of things! And there are so many great half marathons to come. How about Fleet Feet Women’s on 6/23? Nice and flat and not crowded.

  8. Yikes! That is every runner’s worst fear! At least flat runner kept you company right?
    I am thankful for every day I can run, then cranky 12 hours later when I see people running and I want to get out again.

    Feel better fast! Drop some pepto!

  9. I hope you are feeling better today!

    Ugh! Bad timing for a party! I went to a party the day before one of my marathons and ate so crappy… I always wonder if I would have done better at that race if I hadn’t! (of course, I have no idea what my stomach will do – I ate a burger and fries the night before both of my most recent half marathons and was fine).

    Good luck finding a new race!

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