Here it is, my first DNS (did not start) of my running career.
Kielder Marathon is just six weeks away and I have done zero specific training. Nada. Zilch. Not a damn thing.
So I’m pulling out.
I’ll lose the £32.50 I already paid for my entry. But I won’t have to spend £40 on Saturday night accommodation, £50 on petrol and at least five hours driving.
I could have still done it with a run-walk-run-walk-walk-walk kinda strategy. and I genuinely wouldn’t have minded taking six or seven hours to complete it – the scenery looks absolutely stunning – but it simply comes down to a lot of time and money for something my heart just isn’t that bothered about.
What I need to do now is regain my confidence, enthusiasm and commitment to running, and to put more effort into being fit and healthy in other ways. I’ve let a lot of things slide recently and it’s getting to me. I only have myself to blame so here re-starts the focus on getting into better shape for future challenges.
Kielder Marathon – see you another year.