Monday, January 14, 2008

dnf.......

Oh dear - first event of 2008 and my first since the Canberra marathon last year and I didn't finish. I had entered the 10,000m at the AIS track last Thursday evening. We had got back from the coast that afternoon, it was hot, and I was in two minds about whether to do it. I'd also had a fall a couple of days before and this would be my first run since then. But I had told Ewen I would do it so I couldn't wimp out!

I started well - snuck in behind Ewen and thought I could manage to stay with him for the distance. Bad move - I should never run someone else's race - it never works for me. Normally I start slowly and gradually get faster the longer I go. This time we set off at a cracking pace which was fine for about 5,000m but then I started feeling 'not quite right'. By 6,000m I was contemplating pulling out but as I'd never pulled out before I didn't really want to start now so talked myself into slowing down and taking it easy. However by 7,000m I knew I couldn't do another 3,000m and so I made the decision to stop...........

First....and hopefully.....the only.......DNF for 2008.

6 comments:

Jen_runs said...

Don't be too hard on yourself - and good on you for listening to your body :-)

Tesso said...

Smart move CJ. Sometimes its harder to pull out than it is to finish.

Ewen said...

It wasn't that cracking a pace... the first km was only 4:27 - perfect for a PB, if it wasn't that bloody hot.

Besides, you were pushing me! You were almost running beside me in lane 2.

Now you have to be sure not to DNF in the Canberra Marathon (or face-plant when sprinting to the finish).

iliketoast said...

i have a theory .... it is good to do it tough early in the training .... it prepares you well for the goal races

Luckylegs said...

Yep, CJ, run your own race everytime! Good to see you back blogging & running. Go well!

IHateToast said...

no no no... feel free to run my races. i'll pay you in coffee and chocky.