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Changing the DNF to Not Now

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Changing the DNF to Not Now

Submitted by: Karey Garlinger


Probably the worst thing that most runners fear is the Do Not Finish (DNF). I don’t understand this, it stinks when you don’t finish something. Everyone wants to finish everything that they start, but sometimes Do Not Finish, is simply go back to the drawing board. It’s a chance to hit the restart button and start again. The finish line doesn’t go away it just goes further down the road.


My first DNF is the Walt Disney World Marathon 2013. The longest “run” that I had completed up until that point was 4 miles. Yes, I believe the actual word that describes my lack of training and attempting to complete the marathon is CRAZY. There is no other way to describe it but after that I was hooked. I made it through 19 miles of the 26.2 miles race. I think I needed this experience. Superman has kryptonite that stops him dead in his tracks, mine is laziness, or as I like to call it the fear of action.


Instead of dwelling on the fact that I didn’t finish the race, I focus on the fact that it is something that I will finish in my life just not now. In today’s culture we focus on the now, as a child we voice these demands as “Mommy I want, NOW”, as a teenager and young adult we spend compulsively, as an adult we have a tendency to buy things when we see them and sometimes we don’t consider any other limitations. Running helps to show us, especially me, that everything will happen when its supposed to, you put the hard work and dedication into something, then your hard work will pay off.