Runners are familiar with the dreaded DNF, but I began 2014 with my first ever DNS (Did Not Start) yesterday when I decided not to run the NJ Trail Series 50K at the Watchung Reservation in north-central New Jersey. It’s ironic because last month I wrote Don’t Take Your Health For Granted. In that post I questioned myself, whether I am sincere when I say that I don’t take my health for granted. Now that I’m nursing an injury that sidelined me, I’m digging a little deeper.
How about everyday activities, like swinging your feet over side of bed in morning and walking to the kitchen or bathroom, watching a ball game on television without being in pain, having the eyesight to read, going to the kitchen for a cup of coffee without the aid of a walker. The race is almost ludicrous when considering everyday activities that are a struggle for so many. Be thankful for the little things!
Coincidentally the day I chose to sit out the race was the first day I was pain-free in almost three weeks. So I see an orthopedic doctor tomorrow and continue to mend. The best part? I found another 50K at the NJ Ultra Festival in March. Time to get healthy to run another day, only this time I’ll be thankful every step of the way!