There seems to be a rise in the posts "I am doing x race, DNS is NOT an option (I think pronounced "naart an aarpshern"), however I am injured in the following ways. Can someone tell me what to do?
I suspect an element of narcism of people exaggerating so they can say they overcame insurmountable odds to heroically finish their race. I also suspect a level of drama llamaism.
However, would you go into a race injured?
Do you follow any rules of thumb to guide you in the decision?
It's obviously impossible to tell what will happen but I guess for me it's a trade off between the predicted post race glow and the joy of normal running every day.
I like running most days. Prolonged stints of not running make me miserable, but that can be counteracted by the glow of finishing a great race well. Say the Spartathlon. I'd happily not run for a month if I had the memory of that.
However there is always the risk of a shit race, DNF, no post race glow and then not being able to run for ages, all round suck.
I tried to draw a graph explaining this. I drew it with tailwind