DNS: those three little letters…

So what’s worse a DNS or a DNF? I’m currently in two minds over this runners conundrum…

  • DNS=Did Not Start
  • DNF=Did Not Finish

Tomorrow morning I’m scheduled to be running in the South Downs marathon, but it looks like it’s going to be my first DNS of 2016, I’m a broken man. I’ve been suffering a bit with a dodgy shoulder/back, by a bit I mean a lot and by a lot I mean enough to make me seek medical advice and leave my motorbike at work twice in as many weeks as it was too painful to try and ride it home. 

So it’s 9pm on Friday night and I’m already in bed having been and had a massage tonight with San which has given me some respite from the pain. Enough even to make me think about ignoring everyone’s advice including the chiropractor and other runners and slipping out early tomorrow morning to get myself to QE in time for a 7am bus ride to Slindon. That would be stupid though right? Even if it currently doesn’t feel too bad.

So back to the question, what’s worse, a DNS or a DNF. It’s a tough call either way, a DNS could be a sensible option or is it the easy way out, a sign of someone who ran before he could walk as it were? Whereas a DNF could be seen as a challenge not given the respect it deserved, or training not taken seriously, or just plain old misfortune on the day.

Do I quit before I start or after…

Could I get through it but through gritted teeth and not enjoy it? Why am I doing it anyway, enjoyment, but if I’m not enjoying it then what am I doing…

There’s always the next one eh?

Arsebiscuits…

FML…

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