DNF….is a term used in ultra running that means “Did Not Finish”. I have quite a few of those as many of you know. I like to push the edge of my running efforts and Saturday was no different. For the first 38 miles everything was feeling good when running. After that things changed and my legs were not so happy with running. I was ok with that and adapted quik. By mile 78, I probably had 35+ miles of hiking. My running energy was long gone and hiking was feeling like slow motion. Feeling exhausted I took a nap to try to regroup at mile 78 and it just didn't work. I called it a day at 78 miles tired but ok with the decision.
I have been doing these events since 2006. A DNF is all part of the game when pushing outside your comfort zone. I always say “The races always get in the way of training” :-) The miles I spend with my trail friends training/socializing on trail is the best part of this sport. So I guess the amount of days training/socializing with friends means I have a lot of wins/finishes and that is what means the most to me. Sure it can be disappointing at first but I learned to move on fast and focus on the next event. After hanging out all weekend with many trail running friends I made over the years, no matter a DNF or finish, everyone supports each other and gives so much encouragement to keep on keeping on.
Thanks everyone for the support. Especially my crew Karen and Donny for always having everything ready for me and staying awake for hours outside in the cold rain while I slept in the warm car trying to regroup. Thanks Donny for running with me unexpectedly for a 9 mile section.
It's always running but it's some much more than running…
My running/hiking stats since June 1st: 2017:
Elevation: 661,733 ft.
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