To DNS or not to DNS?

That is the question.

I’m supposed to be taking part in the North London Half Marathon this weekend. I ran a marathon a few weeks back and I did a 10 mile race just last weekend, so theoretically, I am in good shape to do so. It might not be a PB, but it should be a solid enough run.

Except, I’ve had a really bad week. After I finished my 10 mile race on Sunday, I checked my phone and had a message from the husband asking me to go home as the toddler was sick and asking for me. Poor little thing had a bug. Long story short, on Monday evening, my husband came down with it and I finally succumbed on Tuesday afternoon. It was a gastric bug, so you reeeeeaaaaaally don’t need the details, you can use your imaginations and send some air freshener to our flat. Ta.

Now, today is Friday and the race is on Sunday. I am feeling better, but not quite 100%. My stomach is still aching sometimes and I’m really tired. I also haven’t eaten much over the last few days. The sensible bit of me is saying that I haven’t been well, I’m a bit weak, I’m still not quite right, I shouldn’t run. The other bit of me really wants to run, I want a long run, I find it much easier doing it in a race environment and I don’t have to race it and I can take it easy.

So what should I do? Take it easy and see how I feel tomorrow? Not run? Or run and take toilet roll? How to fuel up without upsetting my stomach again? I really haven’t eaten much this week. Electrolyte drinks and simple pasta?

Give it a miss?


3 thoughts on “To DNS or not to DNS?

  1. Hi Helen, I did the Liverpool half marathon last weekend after suffering a stomach bug during the week and, a bit like you, I felt better by the Saturday. I had a go at a PB but felt dreadful by 10 miles. I finished it but was disappointed not to get the PB. I guess I am saying you could do it but take it easy with no expectations and you should be fine! Good luck x

  2. Your an experienced enough runner to know what running 13 miles takes out of you and also to know if you are strong enough to be on the start line. Depends on what you have planned for the rest of the week too? Running it will probably make you iller and weaker, how does that fit with what you have coming up?

    I have started to think about whether I will regret doing something or will I regret not doing something? It’s going to be an amazing race and realistically an atmosphere and experience you won’t want to miss.

    Hope that helps and you feel back to 100% soon.

  3. Oh no! It sucks that you picked the bug up so close to race day! I’d see how you’re feeling tomorrow and decide then whether or not you feel up to running a half marathon or not.

    I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to these things, I was injured last year and had the same decision of whether to run or not run – I ended up running anyway!

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you’re feeling better by Sunday! xX

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