Have you ever had a DNS (did not start)?
Last weeks Running Challenge Question was Have you had a DNF? So this week is it appropriate to ask have you had a DNS? Last week someone told me about a DNS they had where they were actually in the corral and jumped out getting their first DNS. It takes a lot of courage to recognize running a race will make an injury worse. To jump out in the midst of all the runner excitement in a corral is simply amazing and takes a lot of self discipline.
I’ve had a number of DNS's with four happening last year. In March I had an IT injury that caused me to drop from a half marathon, a full marathon and a relay race. Then in October a sprained ankle caused me to drop from an 18 miler and drop from a full to a half (which worked out really, really good in the long run). These DNS's are not easy to go with the flow and look at the silver lining. Being injured is bad enough but to add insult to injury, there is the lost money too ( you know, my missed prize money. haha!)
In two of the cases I was able to still get my race packet and T-shirt since John was running the race. My role then becomes runner support. Dropping him off at the start, cheering along the course or delivering a GU are all helpful. I'm also am cheerleader for all runners. I love calling out their number, clapping for them till my hands start to sting and telling them
They can do it
(I don't tell them you're almost there because I hate hearing that when I'm tired and people telling you that have no idea what their talking about anyways. )
Seeing the people perk up a little and smile makes it all worth it. They can do it! Although a DNS stands for did not start, it doesn't have to stand for Did Nothing but Sulk.