This got me thinking about all the circumstances that one would encounter that could possibly make them not finish a race. I have mentioned numerous times about how much pain I was in (due to ITBS) when I did my first marathon which was part of the Goofy Challenge. I did the Half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday. Although it was painful to run, I never for a minute didn't think I would finish the race. I knew I would walk it on in to the finish if I had to, but I would not quite.
|Finishers of the Goofy Challenge!|
This reminded me of a story from the half marathon. My sister and I were running together and after we were exiting the back lot of Magic Kingdom (which was around mile 5 or 6), there was a med tent there. I may have stopped at the med tent to get Bio freeze, I don't really remember. But what I do remember was a young lady (probably in her 20's), that came up to the med tent and just nonchalantly asked the medic "What do I do if I want to quite?" (Her exact words)
I remember this instance so well. My sister must have heard this young lady too because at that time she looked at me and said "Don't even think about it, you're finishing this".
I was never thinking about quitting but I was thinking about that girl and what could have possibly been so bad that she wouldn't be able to finish the last 7 or so miles of the race. We were in an early corral (and I assume she was too since she was this far already) so she certainly would have had enough time to walk to the finish without being swept. I wasn't doing so hot myself so I would have considered walking the rest of the race with her if it got her to the finish line. I wondered if it would have been her first half marathon.
So this got me wondering, what makes someone DNF? Do you have to be physically down and out or would you DNF if you were mentally exhausted? Would you even consider walking the rest of the way to the finish line or would you DNF if you know you can't make it by running?
What's your theory on this? -M