Monday, 9 April 2012

My first DNS

In my last post I stated that I was confident of getting a 10K PB today, 'barring illness, injury, blizzards etc'. Well there was one potential problem I hadn't considered: car trouble. What's that, regular readers? Haven't we just bought a lovely new car? Yes, that's right. And although it took us on a 220 mile round trip at the weekend without any difficulty, as we rushed out of the house this morning ready to run, the car just wouldn't play ball.

The key electronics didn't work, and the engine wouldn't start. It seems to be an electrical fault, and as we have a 3-month warranty from the garage, I'm hoping it will be fixed tomorrow. With it being Easter Monday, the mechanics are of course on holiday today.

So much for the car, but I was really disappointed not to make the race. I had been careful over the weekend not to drink much, and I haven't run since Thursday in preparation for today. It was also an ideal race because there was an 800 metre kids' race beforehand which Robbie and Emma wanted to do, and as it's a bank holiday it didn't interfere with other weekend activities.

It's also especially annoying as I felt so sure of running a PB. Grrrr...

So instead of racing, I spent some time this morning looking for other 10k races in the area this month. There is one about 25 miles away coming up, but it's on a Sunday which clashes with Robbie's rugby practice. Hopefully I'll be able to do one soon.

Meanwhile we had a great Easter weekend at my sister's house. The kids loved seeing their little cousin, and we had fun at the zoo and did an Easter Egg hunt. Despite planning for the race, I didn't skimp on chocolate, and the kids certainly didn't.

I must admit, I'm feeling a lot more inclined to lay around the house and eat chocolate at the moment than get out for a run. I'm going to have to try hard to get myself motivated again to get some miles in this week...


  1. I'm so sorry about the car and the DNS. Look how cute you and the kiddos are! Glad you had fun though!

  2. I had a race I didn't make because of car trouble. Bummer!

    Happy Easter and you'll get our there I have no doubt.

  3. It's a little ironic that your car DNS led to your race DNS. I'm so sorry. You must have been incredible disappointed. But the PB WILL happen.

  4. Oh man, that is not good! So sorry. Maybe you can see if the car dealership will reimburse you for the race entry fee and use it for another :).

  5. Oh nuts! That is really disappointing to miss it for a car (but at least it wasn't an illness or injury!). Ihope you find another soon & you will be even more ready for a PB.

  6. Oh no! I'm glad to hear that it had nothing to do with an injury, though - hopefully the car will get sorted soon and you can still grab that PR this spring.
    Cute pics of the kids!