My question is when do you cross the line that a Did Nothing Fatal (DNF) as in dropped out or slowing down and not meeting a time goal gets lost and you end up moving into the Going to Hospital (GTH) even with a finish domain? How would I know I was crossing the line between the options? Said differently, will I know? I hope so.
I have dropped out of one race when I was throwing up from probable dehydration, I have finished 2 or 3 races and then started throwing up. Yes I am sure I have gone into races, water overloaded, under trained, with false time expectations, made poor race day adjustments and countless other mistakes, errors and screw-ups and even once or twice with a good plan that worked but for the most part I have always been in control, at least I think I have. The question remains will I be able to adjust and adapt if I really get myself in trouble?
Great question for me to file away, I hope to never test myself to this point, finishing a race is not worth my health. I run for enjoyment and to push myself but I need to always remember that famous quote from Forrest "Stupid is as stupid does" and hopefully keep from living it. I do know that a DNF or a GTH are never in my plans but my guess is that if I ask the runner from McNaughton he would tell me the same thing. Yet another thing to ponder for the future.
When I was looking up my Forrest quote I came across this video and found it kind of entertaining as well. Enjoy.