I want to tell you all something that may seem a bit of a shock to those that know me. I have decided to DNS (did not start) a race. What’s even more shocking about this is that this race is one of my absolute favorite races…the South Padre Island Marathon. There are number of reasons why I have thought long and hard about doing this and ultimately decided it was the best decision for me right now. So, let me go over those reasons real quick.
1. I haven’t been running and, while I do miss running, I haven’t had a real urge to start back up again yet. So therefore, I’d be severely undertrained and would probably just barely make the 7 hour cutoff limit. However, I don’t mind taking a very long time to finish and potentially be the very last person to cross the finish line.
2. I have a camping trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) with a group of friends over the Thanksgiving weekend and really don’t want to spend the $300 (or possibly more) that I would need to make the trip to South Padre Island happen. That’s for gas, hotel, and food. I’d much rather put that money aside for spending at the festival.
3. That’s the only weekend that my best friend, Amanda, can go to TRF, and I’d much rather spend the weekend with her than alone, running my slowest marathon ever. I think that I will just, in general, have WAY more fun at the renaissance festival than I would at the marathon. Besides, I already have all my entrance tickets for the festival. I’d just need to pay for my camping pass ($25, split between the 2 of us is just $12.50 each) and my food for the weekend…and any souvenirs or costume items I want to buy while at festival.
Hopefully you all can understand why I made my decision to DNS.