25K Trail Race
My first ever DNS (did not start)
- Was I sick? No
- Was I unprepared? I thought so.
- Hard decision…definetly!
- Right decision? I still say yes.
- Does it hurt? A little
I was signed up for my first ever 25K trail race. I was distance prepared but not hilly trail prepared for this race. I had done a half just a few weeks earlier at Disney but my trail hill training was lacking. I was hoping to get a few good long, hilly, trail runs in the few weeks between races. I have to thank the Treadmill and my friend Sharon (Rungry Runner) for the few that did happen.
Never regret the steps you have taken for they all lead you somewhere.
I was uneasy the entire week leading up to the race, and especially the night before. I personally knew not one person who was also doing the 25k. I knew people doing the 10k and some doing the 50k. If I had one partner in crime I would have toughed it out no matter how long it took me. Once you commit to a trail race your out there. And if that means your out there alone then that’s your situation. Distance trail races are different from road races. I have done quite a few half marathons out here in Cali alone. But being a less experienced trail runner, and this would be my longest trail race ever, I just wasn’t feeling it.
I woke up at about 4 and told my hubby I decided not to do the race. He said are you sick? Nope, just not ready. I got up at about 6 instead and headed out for some less hilly trail miles close to me. The more I ran the more sure I was that I had made the right decision. And if you believe in signs these were some pretty good ones. Rainbows, lots of rainbows out during my run.
I guess sometimes DNS is the right thing to do, its just hard.