I’ve been working on an idea for a post for a while now about “bad” runs. I put that in quotes because unless you fall or get injured, any run is better than no run, but I think you know what I mean. (I also want to insert here that clearly I am not an expert in anything fitness related, this is just me and my experiences.)
The last few runs I’ve been on are ones I would classify as not great. I know that I need to increase my mileage and when I feel like it should be getting easier, it’s really not, and I am super frustrated about it.
Let me tell you about my run this morning before I get into the rest of this post. I hit the pavement about 30 minutes after I should have (darn you snooze button!!) and it was like pulling teeth to get myself up. Once I actually made it out the door, I was just feeling sluggish throughout my warm up. My first run portion of my workout was supposed to be half a mile, how long that takes is 100% dependent on how fast you run. Well after about 4 minutes for one reason or another I felt like I just didn’t have the energy to go on. Then I started down the spiral of beating myself up about it and I ended up calling my husband in tears. He was so supportive and sweet, and then said “Well maybe just come home and I will make you coffee” to which I replied, “No way! Giving up is even sadder than a crappy run.”
I pushed through and finished the workout, and while I didn’t break any speed records I went farther today than any other training run to date.
Like I mentioned before, any run is better than no run, and no matter how crappy or great I always learn something about myself on my runs. But this did get me thinking about how to deal with runs. I mean, you can’t just give up, what if race day ends up being less than ideal? You need to train to push through, both physically and mentally.
I think that there are three main factors that can lead run being classified as “bad”: time, speed and distance expectations; muscle soreness/cramping; and most of all—your attitude.
Here are two things I do during a trying run to get myself back on track:
- I try to identify why. Am I hungry, dehydrated, tired, going too fast, going too far, wearing the right clothes?
- Then I try to think of what I can do to fix it. Fuel? Take a breather and start back up? Adjust your workout if necessary.
At the end of the day bad runs are still runs and sometimes all you need is a change in attitude or perspective to turn it around.
I’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂