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I signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare in 2014 shortly before finding out I was pregnant with my first. This was back in the day of the runDisney deferral, and since I was a nervous nancy about my pregnancy, I deferred.  …  Then found out in 2015 I was going to have another baby, but I couldn’t defer for a second year in a row. So, I ran. When I was 7 and a half months pregnant.

When I finished, I asked my husband if he was surprised I actually did it.  His answer? “Nope, I knew you’d finish!”

… sweet, right?

But then he followed it up with “you are way too stubborn not to finish!”

So, thinking of today’s topic of DNS / DNF … I’ve been thinking. What are some of the reasons I would choose not to start a race? Or choose not to finish?

Bonus pic of my medal selfie from this week’s Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon.  Which I started, and finished.



5 Reasons Sarah Would Not Start (or Finish) A Race

In no particular order of importance, I give you five legitimate reasons I would either not start, or not finish, a race that I have set out to run.

1) She completely forgot about it.

This may or may not have happened in real life.  Sorry, roller-coaster race.

I’m extra sorry because I paid extra dollars to get a special medal for riding roller coasters after the race.

And I’m even MORE extra sorry because it’s not even a thing anymore so I can’t go back for redemption.

2) She lost a limb.

I guess it doesn’t even have to be a limb. If I lost a foot, or really even part of my foot, I probably would not start a race.

Maybe a toe, if I lost a toe I’d probably sit the race out.



No promises on that toe though… as long as it was one of those middle ones and I still had pretty good balance, I’d probably start.

Unless I lost the toe during the race.

If I lost a toe during a race I would probably not finish the race. Maybe.

3) Zombie apocalypse.

I’ve said this once before and I know I’ll say it again – I am not the friend you want to have in the event of a Zombie apocalypse.

I’m out.



If I had a race scheduled and the zombie apocalypse was upon us, I can tell you with 100% certainty I would not be starting that race.

Fun flashback – I ran a race with my brother that was Zombie themed.  If you finished the 5K in under 35 minutes, you “survived”!  I did, in fact, survive.

4) Meteor showers.

I am a total wimp when it comes to weather.

If it is too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy… my butt is getting on the treadmill.

This rule doesn’t apply to races, but if giant chunks of rocks were falling from the sky… I’d probably stay home.


… I guess it would depend on how big the rocks were.

5) It’s her due date.

We all know by now that pregnancy isn’t going to keep me from running.

I have missed some Disney races due to impending labor since my doctor wouldn’t let me fly that close to my due date.

I’ll bet you fifty bucks that if those races were at home I would at least try them.

However, actually giving birth… that’s a different story.


See? I told you I was super pregnant.


So yes, if I am in labor, I will not be starting the race.

If I go into labor during a race, I promise to stop and DNF.  Maybe.


Please note: I am kidding, and this is satire. There are so many legitimate and sane reasons why you should sit a race out. I just have been lucky enough to not have to make such a tough call. It’s coming, one day. I may still blame zombies… but I know it will happen!


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Patty Holliday

If she isn’t chasing her four kids around Northern Virginia, Patty is chasing four bars on her phone to share her authentic and fun stories on social media and her blog, My No-Guilt Life. She’s also one half of the Marvel Moms, an online community for discussing the Marvel fandom. You can catch up on her runDisney fun at No-Guilt Disney.

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