Well, there is a first time for everything. Bottom line, I didn't put in the work needed to successfully complete this morning's 10k. There was a 5k and 10k race this morning. I finished at the 5k line. My body let me know I was done. I was told by the race organizers, DG Productions, that I signed for the 10k. The tone of their voices I inferred that I was to keep going. I informed them I was done. They told me I could not decide to change races in the middle of the event and I am disqualified. Indeed I was. There is no evidence, aside from my race pic, that I was even at the event. I was completely scrubbed from the system. (See Race Results Page - My number was 1343. You will not find it there).
Here is the important... reminder that I want every person to understand - YOU are in charge of your HEALTH. If YOU are not a paid and/or endorsed athlete, there is zero (0) pressure to push yourself well beyond your limits. Should you have them, the coaches, promoters, etc. are not in charge of your injuries or medical bills - YOU are. This is also implied it on the waiver I signed. (see pertinent excerpt below)
" I FULLY AND COMPLETELY ASSUME ALL RISKS RELATED TO THE ACTIVITIES including death, injury, illness or loss from accidents, theft of or damage to personal belongings. Release from Liability, Indemnification Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue To the fullest extent permitted by law, on behalf of myself, my spouse, heirs, representatives, executors, administrators and assigns, I agree to forever RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS and COVENANT NOT TO SUE the University of Oklahoma, its agents, officers, regents, employees and representatives from any cause of action, claim, or demand, including one related to bodily injury, property damage, death or accident arising out of or related to my participation in the Activity. I assure the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center that I have adequate health insurance to provide for any medical needs or costs that may result from my participation in the Activity. My signature below indicates that I have read, understood, and freely signed this agreement, which shall take effect as a sealed instrument."
To DG Road Racing:
I understand things can be said in the heat of the moment. I do apologize for committing to the 10k and not completing it (I stopped at 5k). You did not know I have a loaded work schedule for the next 6 days (including the day of the race). My focus is injury prevention and have learned to listen to my body. I don't mind "nudging the needle" for health benefits but refuse to abuse my joints like I did in the past. My conditioning simply was not there. If that makes me seen in a negative fashion, I am sorry. I run for health, not necessarily performance. There is a difference.
Despite being "disqualified" I did enjoy the organization and the route chosen for the run. You have a well run organization.
The Glorification of Injury
This experience of mine (along with others who have had similar issues in different athletic settings) have opened up my eyes to a topic that needs to be addressed, the glorification of injury. THERE IS NO GLORY IN INJURY! Injury stalls productivity and can be a detriment to health. This "glorification" needs to be addressed as it is a mindset that can be a poison to our overall health. I'll be addressing it regularly here at SIF. One of the largest influences I have had for the embetterment of health, is the video above by Tom Purvis, Physical Therapist and Founder of the Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) Program.