Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mom first, runner second

Throughout my running and training, I have always said that being a mom comes first. Whether it's missing a training run, taking the kids with me, using the treadmill instead of an outside run; I have to balance my life as a runner with what my kids need. I earned my first DNS (did not show) this past weekend for this exact reason. We were going to the Step up for Stefanie 5K run/walk for Breast Cancer research. This was the first race that Jeff and I were going to run together; and the kids were going to "run with us" in the double jogger. The whole family was looking forward to the race, but life got in the way as it sometimes does. Saturday night, Zachary woke up around 10:00pm and started coughing and basically didn't stop until some time on Monday. I was up with him for quite a while, then off and on all night long. (After a visit to the pediatrician on Monday, we found out he's not sick, YAY!,  but has allergies, boo!) When Sunday morning rolled around, we were both exhausted and not knowing if he was sick, we made the decision to stay home from the race. (It was only supposed to be 45* at race start and didn't really want him out in the cold for several hours if he was sick) We all cuddled on the couch and watched movies, so we still had a good family morning. 

In the afternoon, I was able to get the kids out for a 2.1 mile run. It wasn't the 5K we had planned, but I figured it was better than nothing, right? Jeff asked the question of whether or not I was ok with us wearing the shirts. I said in this case yes, we can both run the distance and it was a charity race. But, if it had been a half marathon or marathon, my answer would have been no, since we hadn't "earned" the right to wear it.  

There will ALWAYS be another race.

Have you ever received a DNS? What are your thoughts on wearing the shirt? Does that depend on the distance of the race you missed?  



  1. You said it well, being a mother runner has a lot to do with finding a balance and family matters will always trump running. Sorry things did not work out the way it was planned but at least you can feel good knowing you did what was best for your family and donated to a good cause! I have had one DNS a looooong time ago... I was in college and signed up for a half marathon. I got sick and bailed. A friend of mine ran in my place. So naturally she got the shirt and I would not have it any other way. She earned it.

  2. Well said!! And when did you start blogging? After the marathon? How come I didn't know this!!!

  3. I have one DNS so far, from the day my Daddy passed away. I was signed up for a trail 5k, but raced home Friday evening when it became clear he probably wouldn't make it through the weekend. I never even picked up the shirt. I couldn't imagine wearing a shirt with that date on it - it just didn't feel right.

    I guess I'll also be getting a DNS for the Cincy Thanksgiving Day race, since our plans changed and we'll be in Columbus now. I was told that I could use that entry in a T-day race in the next 10 years, though, and I'm running a race here in town, so I don't count it, haha! :)


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