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The DNS: Some Thoughts

Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 | 5 Comments

Well, I decided to skip Chimera. It’s the first race I didn’t start (DNS) that wasn’t the result of an injury. I feel perfectly fine physically, I just couldn’t muster the motivation to run. It’s hard to explain, but it just didn’t feel right. The race sounded really cool and I do feel like I missed a great challenge, but I’m okay with the decision.

Instead, Shelly and I spent the time hanging out. It was a great chance to reconnect as it has been several months since we had time alone that didn’t involve running.

I’ll reflect on the decision over the next few days. I have a feeling the lack of motivation has more to do with a desire to temporarily disengage from the racing scene for a month or two rather than a general burnout on running in general.

I have to recapture my mojo, but I suspect it will be rather easy. Over the years, I’ve always had a natural break from running over the winter thanks to Michigan’s sucky-ass winter. I didn’t have that break this last year since we were tooling around the Southwest. I’ll probably wait until February or March to run my next race.

In the interim, I’ll be working on a few projects. I’ll be finishing up my trail running book, starting a temporary job with UPS, and exploring another new interesting job possibility. I’ll also continue to develop the Sexpressionists blog, lead the BRUcrew fitness group (really excited about this one), and of course continue writing here.

Even though I’m backing off organized running, I still plan to do a lot of solo runs, runs with Shelly, and group runs with our friends here in Southern California. I’ll also explore some of the running groups in the area. Not having a scheduled race is a liberating feeling, which is a great sign I was getting far too close to serious burnout.




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  1. Rob Y
    November 19, 2012

    Smart. Almost embarrassed to admit how many events my wife and I have paid for and DNSd in the past 20 years! Never have regretted DNSing though. Have almost always regretted DNFing however!

  2. karen
    November 19, 2012

    Sounds like a very wise decision. You have obviously had an awesome running season, enjoy a break! I am not an ultra runner, but I should have ended my season with my fall marathon but I didn’t. Now I am working my way back from an overuse “issue”! But it’s cool-I am now enjoying some very chill trail running/walking with my 5yr old! Be well Jason!

  3. alvinj88/bisaya muleng
    November 19, 2012

    burn out perhaps?

  4. Paul
    November 18, 2012

    Enjoy your time off from racing. Perhaps it might be a good time to visit Canada…just saying 🙂

  5. Chris Hawson
    November 18, 2012

    Does my DNE trump your DNS?

    Welcome, at least temporarily, to the world of slacker running!