Monday, June 27, 2011

Chattooga 50k 2.0

F#@K!

I'm still processing yesterday's race.

It was hot.

It was humid.

I was running well, and then I wasn't.

Dropped at mile 21(4:45 in).

I could have continued but I knew it would be a death march and I wasn't that invested. I didn't have it in my legs and I didn't want to be trashed for the next 2 or 3 weeks.

I still have some lingering questions & remorse for my decision. This is my first DNF, I guess there is a lesson in here, I'm still trying to sort it out.

18 comments:

Karen said...

Yesterday was a hot one. I tried to run 10 mid-Saturday which I knew was a bad idea. Can't imagine trying to go 50.

JojaJogger said...

DNF's suck. (I had my first and second this year) Even though you did the smart thing, you're still going to second guess yourself. Just remember "Did Nothing Fatal" is an alternative definition! Live, learn, and come back and get revenge next year!

misszippy said...

Really sorry to hear it. We all hate DNFs....but, you can't beat yourself up. It happens, sooner or later to everyone. And there have been too many times where people don't choose to DNF and suffer big time for it down the road. Be at peace with your decision.

Morgan said...

Oh man, I'm so sorry to hear the race did not pan out! But better to have raced smarter than harder and ended up struggling through miles and miles of a death march.

Kovas said...

Learn that there is no shame in the DNF - you made the right choice given your circumstances. Now figure out why it happened! :)

lindsay said...

It was definitely hot and humid this weekend! Sorry about the DNF, but at least you didn't push yourself into danger or anything?

BrianFlash said...

I made a similar decision in the St. Louis Marathon last year - walk to the finish or drop out and save myself for another day.

I dropped out. Then successfully ran three marathons/ultras the next two months.

You made the right call!

Pam said...

I know that has to be tough, but you made a wise choice. No sense in pushing on and hurting yourself.

ajh said...

You said it. You didn't want to be trashed in the future. A long event DNF is not the same as a DNF of another race. It is a wise decision.

Wes said...

the toughest decisions are always the hardest. glean what you can from this one. there's more work to be done!

Carolina John said...

Dude that is tough. DNF's are never pleasant. If you didn't have 10 more miles in you then you made the right decision. It was hot, humid, and all around nasty out there. Sounds like you made the right call. and it happens to everyone. I'm paranoid now thanks to a dnf mechanical failure on the bike, and I just signed up to ride that century again today.

Psyche said...

Oh, yes...any race report that starts with, "F#@K!" contains valuable lessons. Hahaha!
But don't over think it- maybe you just made the right decision. And this is from someone who DNF'd Terri's last 2 races..just sayin'.

Wayne said...

As I was told by a Ultra Runner I think alot of (Johnny Dove) You ant a real Ultra Runner until you got a few DNF's.
Sounds like your mind is on another goal? Go hit some asphalt!

Anne said...

Sounds like the DNF was warranted, given the conditions you described in brief.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Too bad on the DNF, but why beat yourself up over it? There will be other races in which you'll be feeling it. Some days it just isn't happening.

Good luck processing ...

Jason said...

4:45 for 21 miles is pretty strong on a day like that. No shame in your game, Thomas! Looking forward to running with you later this year.

imtheguz said...

Heat/Humidity - why I am taking the rest of the summer off from races/ultras. You'll be back...

Jason said...

you're not a real ultra runner until you DNF for whatever reason.

one race never defines you as a runner and you know that you can go out and smash up some Chattooga 50K when your mind is right.

it's over - time for the next one!