Most runners know all about DNF (Did Not Finish) and DNS (Did Not Start, where you pull out before the race even begins) but I’ve got a new one for you: DNE, or Did Not Enter! This is reserved for the most mind-bogglingly incompetent numpty who turns up at a race, to realise that he hadn’t submitted the entry after all and worse, all the entry-on-the-day places have been sold out!
To say I was annoyed with myself is an understatement! To drive all the way to Doncaster and then back again, only to have to run 10K anyway adds insult to injury.
So later than usual on this dark and dusky evening, I set off to run my favourite canal-side run (I certainly didn’t feel like innovating this evening) and of course, the usual running effect kicked-in and everything didn’t seem so bad after all. I also realised that it was probably a good job I hadn’t tried to run a race tonight.
You will recall that yesterday I ran a negative splits speed exercise with my running club and to be honest, this evening, I don’t think I could do anything fast. Going over the canal bridge, which is the first uphill bit of my route and even though it’s only a hump, my feet felt like they were made of lead.
I don’t usually run so late in the evening and it was a nice atmosphere similar to that in the early morning with not many people about and lovely low light effects on the water. By the time I got home I really felt OK because I had been spared an unfortunate race experience. My wife Helen also wasn’t sure about running today because she has just got over an injury and it was probably a good job she didn’t race.
The best news, of course, is that we hadn’t entered, therefore hadn’t paid the entry fee.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIVUK
Richard is running 10K every day during June, to raise money for a public access defibrillator to be situated at Rothwell Baptist Church. To sponsor him and make a donation, please visit his Just Giving Page.