Yesterday was the Mendon Trail Run. The conditions were pretty terrible. Temperature in the high 30s. High winds. Rain. It wasn’t pretty.
I had been feeling a little under the weather all week, but on Friday, it really started to hit me. On Saturday, I woke up with a sore throat, a stuffy nose and a fever. Great.
I headed to the race and arrived around 7:30. I checked in, set out my drinks and gels (it is a loop course) and headed over to the starting line. As we stood around waiting for the start, it was cold! However, once we started running, the temperature was fine.
Four of us broke away pretty early on. It was me, Daven Oskvig, Michael Hoffman and Aaron Mulvaney. This was pretty much as expected. We had a nice pace going and the miles ticked off nicely. My splits for the first 20k were:
I slowed a little during the third loop. I still felt fine and I was running okay. I was in third place overall. I hit the 30k split in 2:15ish, exactly what I was hoping for. During the fourth loop, things started to fall apart. All of a sudden, everything hurt. Within a couple of miles, I was reduced to walking, and barely at that. It quickly became apparent that I wasn’t going to be able to finish the race. I was in pain, freezing and not going anywhere fast.
I walked back to the start/finish area and dropped. My first DNF ever. Sad panda. I went and sat in my car trying to warm up. I got home and I still had a decent fever – I can’t say for certain, but I’m pretty sure that was my downfall. I’m really disappointed about the whole thing. I felt like I was in good shape and I really enjoyed the Mendon course. Then again, there’s nothing I could really do about it!
Full results are available here.
Have you ever DNF’d? What happened?