First Post-Baby Race: DNS

Those of you who follow me on Instagram already know this, but my first post-baby race didn’t exactly go the way I’d hoped. In fact, it didn’t go at all.

We packed up the car and headed to my parents’ place on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It was our first holiday as a family of three, and we were excited to see my parents and my sisters. I made lists on lists to make sure that we wouldn’t forget anything we might need with a baby in tow. But I forgot one crucial thing for myself: a sports bra.

While for some women, the lack of a sports bra might not be a deal breaker, that is SO not the case for me. I was a busty runner long before baby, and now that I’m breastfeeding, my boobs are even more out of control. I can’t just run out to Walmart or Target and get something last-minute. Of course, I discovered the missing sports bra at 7 am on Thanksgiving, so even if I weren’t a busty lady, replacing the bra would have been tricky. Add to that the fact that Baby V had her first fever overnight on Wednesday into Thursday and we were up all night, well, it wasn’t exactly a recipe for a good race anyway.

Obviously, I was incredibly disappointed that I wouldn’t be running. But honestly? It was kind of a blessing in disguise. It was absolutely FRIGID on Thanksgiving morning, and windy to boot. And I would have had a really hard time leaving a sick, cranky baby to go run.

This was yet another reminder that life with a baby is always going to be different, and will continue to throw curveballs. My priorities have shifted and that’s OK. As one IG follower commented, “Baby snuggles > running.”

When is the last time you DNS’d a race?

9 thoughts on “First Post-Baby Race: DNS

  1. txa1265 says:

    Sorry for the DNS, but you are totally right – there are so many things more important than a race. But of course, I didn’t even run my first race until I had already been running for 23 years, will always take a no-run day when Lisa is off or for family days … so my perspective is different than some others. 🙂

  2. Meridith says:

    I think my most recent DNS was this past spring and it was because… quite simply, I just wasn’t feeling up to running a half marathon and the weather was truly awful. A few years ago there’s no way, no how I’d skip a race but I’ve learned that there’s always another race to be run.

    I nursed both of my babies (who are now 13 and 9) and I know the importance of a good sports bra! Good call!

  3. OmniRunner says:

    One day I was sitting at home working on my blog when it dawned on me that a 5K that I had signed up for was just beginning! It was only across town, but I didn’t have time to change and get over there.
    I’ve missed a few other races due to work or family obligations. It happens.

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