Three Simple Letters

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December 4, 2012 by Danielle

DNS.

No, I don’t mean Domain Name System (yes, I can get nerdy).

I mean “Did Not Start” and as you know, Sunday was my first. I was supposed to run the California International Marathon with my friend Liz-we had a sparkly plan to qualify for Boston on this flat course on a cool Bay Area day. Except both of us got injured and had to come to terms with those three little letters that can do so much to a person’s self esteem.

So how did I feel after my first DNS?

I felt alright. Mostly because the weather in Sacramento, much like San Francisco, was a disaster over the weekend and the race course looked like this-

Is this a tri or a marathon? Unclear (source)

Is this a tri or a marathon? Unclear (source)

Moreover, I knew the probability of not even starting this marathon was high and I saw it coming for a while. My physical therapist told me that even three miles were out of the question just a few weeks ago if my knees were still hurting (and they still do), so it wasn’t like I twisted my ankle the day before the race and had to suddenly drop out.

After a Saturday night session of reading pre-marathon tweets, a final check of the weather and a few moments of “I could have run a marathon yesterday” on Monday morning, I realized that this was the best decision. There will be other marathons-ones where I’m healthy and able to wreck some you know what out on the race course.

Despite my inability to run on Sunday, there were a few brave ladies in the blog world who decided to brave the storm and run 26.2 in less than ideal conditions. Check out their race recaps below!

  • Cate from Cate’s World Kitchen braved the wind and rain (and her little one came out to watch-so cute!)
  • Rebecca finished and took a pretty awesome pre-race picture that illustrated the floods quite well.

Did you run CIM? How was it?! If you covered your experience on your blog, share your post below!

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One thought on “Three Simple Letters

  1. […] marathon, injuring myself from said marathon, attending endless physical therapy sessions and DNS’ing for the first time, I had no plan on how to get back on the workout train. Of course I didn’t just stop […]

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