6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

BAD RUNS HAPPEN

Work, Life, everything has been BUSY.. I often get asked how I fit it all in....to be honest it is a daily adventure. There are days when I am a MASTER of the multi-task, I would say my time as a Student Athlete taught me to use every minute of a day to the fullest. Yesterday I FAILED, and I will tell you why..

I am DIETING... Collective GASP...

With Hood to Coast just 22 days away I would like to be closer to my Racing weight of 185.. I have already lost 6 pounds thanks to the help of Tricia HERE, we are text-supporting each other. I still have 8 pounds to go to get to where I want to be. So I have cut out a few indulgences, mindless snacking, chocolate and adult beverages :) It was going really well until yesterday...

I set out for my planned 5 miles, with 3 at 7:30-8:00 pace including some Rolling Hills. I pondered doing the whole run at sub 8's to prepare for a little speed at HTC..

Post from DailyMile (if we are not friends on DailyMile go HERE and friend me!!)

I started off the run a little hungry and really thirsty. First Mile was flat and I came in at 7:36 which is great because mile 2 is where the HILLS start and I would need all the spare time I could get. I started up the HILL feeling strong, then started to FADE and FADE hard. I was not even 2 miles in and I felt like I was going to pass-out.. Light headed, THIRSTY and so FATIGUED..

Mile 2- 8:09, I tried to hold it together as I found the shade and continued at an OK pace but I was so thirsty. My legs were not under me, it was like the muscle weren't working.. My work badge fell out of my sports bra so I stopped to pick it up, I stopped my Garmin and just stood there... trying to catch my breath.. What started as a strong run turned into me feeling like I needed to walk back to my office.

I continued, my lips were totally chapped.. UGH!! Mile 3 8:40, I cut the CRAPTASTIC run short and finished with a decently paced 5K 8:08 overall pace.

I felt defeated and was MAD that I had to stop during a run.. Then I assessed what was wrong with my energy level.

1. I did not get enough SLEEP, Muscle Man and I went to see Harry Potter on our Anniversary and did not get to bed until after my usual bedtime.

2. We ate a very low calorie Dinner.

3. I ran an hour later than usual, so my mid-day snack had worn off.

4. I did not drink the usual 24 ounces I have by mid-day.

5. Bad Runs happen.

I did not want my day to end with that run... I wanted to feel good and like I could check off my workout for the day... So I got home, ate Chicken Enchiladas and set out again...

Run #2 from DailyMile...

I wanted to run to makeup for the GROSS run this morning. Took the family to the trail, the boys practiced riding bikes near the car while I set out. I felt guilty leaving them :( My only goal was to get sub 8:00 pace. I set out and the first mile was exactly 8:00 so I picked it up on the downhill and mile 2 was 7:38, turned and slightly uphill last mile. I waved at the few runners passing by, always nice to see a friendly face.. I got a side ache the last mile, probably from the Enchiladas I had at Dinner and pushing the pace.

The Bugs were crazy, 3 flew in my mouth, a couple in my eyes and tons hitting my face, what a PAIN.

7:55 overall pace!! Got my sweat on and finished with my boys racing me the last .1. GREAT RUN!!

Bad Runs Happen

.......and are likely to happen more often if you do not Sleep, Eat and Drink properly. When it happens to you, think back and try to find the WHY? What in your day was different? Find the answer and FIX IT!!

BAD RUNS HAPPEN

....it is up to you to take the BAD and turn it to a GOOD.

A few tricks to find your GREAT RUN..

-Un-plug and run for FUN. I call this Zen running, no Garmin, no pace goal, just you and the pavement.

-Meet a friend to break up the silence.

-Travel to your favorite place to run, enjoy the scenery

-Register for a Race, but not to Race....run the Race at your comfortable pace and people watch, enjoy the other Runners, the excitement, or maybe pace a friend using your energy to keep him/her going.

-And if all else FAILS, go shopping and get a cute new outfit (this is for you too guys!!) I always feel good when I am wearing cute Running clothes ;)

  • What do you do when a BAD RUN HAPPENS to you??

26 comments:

Fair Weather Runner said...

i've had a bad few weeks of running and i totally assess the WHY of these runs. some of it is the brutal and relentless heat right now in wichita, but i notice my sleep and eating patterns make a huge difference. good for you, for thinking about it and not just getting upset :)

Tricia said...

you're doing a great job! Make sure to get those snacks in :)

Love your tips, a "fun run" is my favorite way to come back from a bad run

Kerrie T. said...

Redemption at lunch?

The Marathon Diaries said...

I feel ya girl! This week has been about the same for me. Actually worse - 0 mileage just no time to fit any runs in!! But way to nail it down and conquer those bad runs- so excited to follow your journey on HTC

momof3 @ Neurosis of the Stay at Home Marathoner said...

Todays run was sucktastic. I am so glad you somehow knew that and wrote this post for me...
:)
bad.runs.happen. So today I will let it go... and tomorrow I will remember to ~savor the run~

Marlene said...

Way to redeem yourself with a GREAT evening run!!! The bad runs can really beat us up, but you bounced right back!

Congrats on losing 6 lbs already! I am still struggling to find my BQ weight again.

Penny said...

Bad runs happen is right. I just try to get the miles I set out for that day. Even if it is a bad run. Tomorrow is a new day. My eating habits difinitely do effect my runs. Congrats on the weight loss.

Sporty Girl Jewelry said...

Bad runs are really tough mentally on me. The best recovery for me is to kill it on the next one. Sounds like you already did that!

Beth said...

If you're dieting, remember to drink EVEN MORE! A lot of your hydration comes from food, so if you're eating less you'll need more actual fluids. I hope the rest of your training runs go well!

Laurie said...

I love this! My bad runs are definitely usually because I'm over-tired and having been taking good enough care of myself. A latte is often my favorite fix to perk myself up (not enough sleep means I want the caffeine lol)

Amy said...

Great job getting over your bad run with a fun run!

Elizabeth said...

Way to get in a great run! I used to get pretty upset when I had a bad run. Now, I try to psych myself up for the next run because I realize I'm not a machine and bad runs are bound to happen. I remember struggling through a horrendous run this past spring. My running partner was with me every step of the way, and I was so glad she was there to help me! I guess if she's not there next time I have a bad run, I'll try the "get a cute new outfit" - I really like that idea! :)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

When my hubs isn't out of town, I revive myself by constantly running with friends... not the same ones every day either... I love that I have lots of run buddies, and I'll get up at crazy hours and go crazy distances and paces just to enjoy the company and motivation of another runner. It's awesome. But the cute outfit deal works for me too. The "fun" run doesn't work for me... I'm way too anal, and I feel best when I know I hit my training. ;-) Planner to the max.

kimert said...

It is comforting to know that even great runners like yourself do indeed have bad runs. I hate the bad run. Hate it. And usually I beat myself all up over them. I do go back and look at my day to see what all factors in as to why it was bad.

Caroline said...

congrats on loosing the 6 lbs...

I just see that we are almost the same height...I am an inch shorter than you. This week I got a nasty email from a reader telling me I must look like a "moron" at the start of a race because I am tall and then they said "real runners are not that tall" lovely right?

bad runs..you are so right we all have them. It is part of the training. When it happens I forget about the pace and time and I focus just on getting the miles. then I move on. it goes in the past. better get those in training then during a race right?!

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

The title of your post makes me think of a song from a video we are using to help potty train our daughter. "Accedents Happen, And thats okay!" She sings it all day. Next time I have a bad run, I think I will have "Bad Runs happen, and thats okay!" stuck in my head.

Michelle said...

Great job beating that crappy run! Great hints!!!

Blonde Mom Runs said...

I had a similar craptastic run yesterday, for the same reason. I am dieting also, (ugh, how did I let 10lbs creep on?) and was under too much on my calories Tuesday night. Wednesday mornings run was pathetic. You know it isn't going to go well, when you are tired and sluggish on the downhills, and have to climb all the way home.
Bad runs happen! But trouble shooting to minimize it is good too!

Susan said...

I had a bad run two weeks ago ... I DNF'ed for the first time (. I was so upset, bailed on my half marathon at about the 5km mark. A fellow runner told me to '...forget it like a bad boyfriend and MOVE ON'. It was just the advice I needed ). Everyone has bad run days ... we can't be perfect ALL the time, now can we? lol!!!

The Unexpected Runner said...

A timely post...earlier this week I was lamenting how my planned 20 ended up 4! I know in my head why it was doomed before I even set a foot out the door, but it's nice to hear that I'm not the only one.

Angela said...

I fall back on my favorite Greg McMillen quote: "The most successful athletes don’t dwell on the bad days; instead, they’re eager to move on to the next day’s training or upcoming race. Successful runners know that bad days don’t last and aren’t a true indication of their fitness. Bad days are just a freak occurrence that must be tolerated on the path to your goals." Glad your second run was better!

renkath said...
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renkath said...

I haven't been running that long, so I have only had one BAD run. A long one. So I gave in and used a gel on the next one. But after the horror of July 22 here in Norway, I was afraid to do my normal Zen running (I am a no-gadget girl most of the time) - to avoid a bad run I gave in and took my iPod with show tunes.

carlyvolk said...

I failed too! Well, not failed - if you actually attempt, it's not failing.
I hadn't eaten much all day, wasn't feeling the run. So, I ran a mile and did mostly walking on an incline yesterday. It sucked, I felt winded, but without being properly nourished - no reason to try to go gung-ho on it. Tonight, it will be a good run :)
Carly

Danielle C. said...

IMHO the bad runs are what prepare us for all of our success. We learn we can push through no matter what.

Question for you, I am 100% virtual but may have to start going into an office. I run at lunch...do you shower after or make your coworkers endure the smell?

I love the idea of making them smell me LOL.

TNTcoach Ken said...

What is this 'Bad Run' that you speak of????? LOL, I try to forget about it and go forward.