After loping along and passing the next volunteer and having the huge winds picking up, I gave in and accepted his offer of a ride back to the start line. It totally sucked but I knew I was doing the right thing. I have far too many big things coming in the next few months, I don't want to even risk not being able to run them.
After I got back, I headed to the car and changed out of my sweaty clothes. I also went into the gymnasium for a little refuelling, I did after all run about 8.5km before I pulled myself from the course. And as I was standing there stretching I looked up to see this sign posted on the school's gymnasium wall and it just seemed really appropriate for the moment...
The upside of DNF'ing this race was that I was able to be there and watch Solana come in and take down that PR she was aiming for. I also got to see our other friend David come in with a huge PR as well. Being able to watch my faster friends finish is something I've never been able to do.
So it was a sucky day because I took my very first DNF but it was still a fun day because I was there with friends and even made some new ones. I'm not happy I had to pull myself and I don't like to say that I "quit" the race because I think it was a very careful decision and in no way related to "giving up". Sometimes as runners we have to put our pride aside and make the tough decisions in order to make sure we're still able to reach the goals we've set for ourselves. But it's hard. And sometimes the love of running and the satisfaction of racing and knocking off great workouts and improving is just so strong and hard to put aside when the alternative is resting and recovering. But in some cases resting is what our bodies need so much more. And this is one of those times.
Tomorrow I'm going to see how quickly I can get in to see my physio so hopefully we can sort out what this calve/knee pain might be. I am praying it is nothing too serious and that I'll only need a few weeks of rest to square it away.
I've alluded to some super exciting running news in recent posts and I'm planning to let the cat out of the bag in the next day or two. Having an injury has unfortunately come at a terrible time because I'm so excited and motivated and mentally ready to embark on this next running journey but my start is going to be a bit slower than I planned I guess.
So that's the story. My first and hopefully my last, DNF.