I recently ran the Shamrock Virginia Beach Marathon and woke up on race day to a severe weather warning. I would be running an oceanside marathon with a “high surf advisory” and pelted by rain and sleet. It was during this race that I first seriously contemplated not finishing, DNF‘ing.
As someone who firmly believes in not quitting if you’re not injured or being pulled off the course, it took everything in me to finish this race. I decided that the disadvantages of DNF’ing far outweigh the discomfort of finishing the race slower than my goal time.
When the going gets tough, here is why a DNF is a bad idea.