Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad run.

Have you ever had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad run?

Today was one of those days.  The sun was shining.  There was a nice breeze.  Monday's afternoon run felt effortless.  The plan was an easy 3 miles with some strides.  I was ready.

Or so I thought.

It was awful!  There are no good words to describe today's run.  It was freaking hot.  I couldn’t breathe.  Like really, I couldn’t breathe.  I had to walk.  As I was walking, I tried to remember the last time walked during a run.  The only thing that came to mind was a 14 miler during marathon training when later that day I found out I had strep throat.  2012.  Ugh.

Anyway, bad runs happen.  Everyone from beginners to elites will experience bad runs from time to time.  Even if everything is going right from training to preparation and all the little things like stretching and nutrition, you will experience a bad run.  And when you do, it’s important to stop over-analyzing what went wrong and have confidence that the next time you head out the door, it will be a new day.

Time to put that run behind me and look ahead to the weekend.  Spin and Power Water tomorrow.  Easy 3 miles on Friday and going for a 5k PR at Women Running Wild on Saturday night!  Woohoo!

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