This post is in response to Christina’s Running Question Challenge.
Have you ever had a DNF (did not finish)?
I can remember 4 DNF’s in the 29 years that I’ve been running. I think that’s actually pretty good and don’t feel bad about it at all. I learned a lot from those and think that’s the best to do when you do end up with a DNF. Learn from it.
It was between 1994 and 1999. 2 X Comrades 89km runs, a 100km circuit race and a marathon. I had some issues with high sugar levels with three of these and had to quit eventually. The one Comrades I tried to run with ITB problems that were only 75% healed. After about 48km they were back 100%.
Since then I’ve sorted the sugar issues and learned the hard way not to do stupid things with injuries. I also make sure I’m really ready before I run a marathon or ultra.