I spent several days writing this article in September and due to their publishing schedule it was published today! It's slightly embarrassing telling the world I didn't finish something I set out to do, but I realized I'm not the only one who has dropped out of a race for some reason. As I mention in my post, Ryan Hall dropped out of the Olympic marathon in 2012. It's not necessarily the event itself that's important (though when it happens, it sure feels like the most important thing), but how you respond to it.
I hope my experience helps someone else realize not finishing/starting doesn't define who they are. It's one race on one day.
Check out my blog post for yourself and let me know what you think - Surviving a DNF.
For the ability to write and share my thoughts. And for the fact that other people are willing to read them and share their opinions with me.