Category Archives: DNFs and other Ultra Fails

Fat Dog 120 mile DNF: A story of both defeat and new inspiration

[By Karl Woll] Fat Dog 120 officially broke me, physically and mentally. For the first time in 55 races over the 5 years I’ve been running, I towed the start line of a race and was unable to drag my sorry ass over the finish line. I had met my match, and I posted my first DNF. As disappointing and upsetting as it was to walk off the course defeated and missing my goal race for the year, there were

Eight Lessons From My First DNF: A Very Belated Leona Divide 50 Race Report

Crista Scott shares the lessons she learned from her first DNF at the Leona Divide 50-mile ultramarathon, in Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes, southern California last April. This article was originally published on her blog: Lesson #1: “Sometimes races go as planned; more often than not, however, the unexpected happens.” Laz, Founder of the Barkely Marathons. Leona Divide was the first race I ever signed up for that I didn’t really know if I could finish. The race entry

Why I’m happy with my DNF in last week’s 50k ultramarathon!

It’s really easy to think of an ultramarathon DNF as a failure. But I have to say that my DNF last week, at the Sun Mountain 50k in Washington State, feels like a success. First of all, my original goal was to set a PR at Sun Mountain. Although I’m a back-of-the-pack runner, I’m usually a solid finisher. I ran this race two years ago (my first 50k ultra, outside of a mult-day race) with an achilles tendon injury –