When you go for a run and it SUCKS

Running and I got serious in early 2015.  We have been through a lot together.  My feet have covered so many miles and I have had so many great thoughts whilst out pounding the pavements.  I have heard loads of great tunes and met a myriad of inspirational people (out and about and online).  I remember all those that have given me a high five or shouted out to me ‘keep going’ when I started to walk.

It can be easy to fall in and out of love with running and I do confess to giving more time than normal lately to other forms of physical activity. The marathon tired me out a bit and my body (and toenails) took a pounding.  Which is exactly why I signed up for the Scottish half marathon.  Without a challenge ahead it can be all too easy to stop running.  If you read my recent article in Women’s running magazine you will understand why I never want this to happen.

A few weeks ago I got my shoes laced up and attempted my longest run since those grueling 26.2 miles.  I left buzzing for it.  I looked forward to getting into my stride.  I love that feeling when I am flying through the pavements and I feel so fit. The feeling when I know all my training is paying off.  It never came.  I wanted to stop every 5 minutes.  I was tired. I felt way more out of breath than normal.  I wasn’t enjoying the route.  I was bored. I wanted to go back home.  Then the negative thoughts started coming in –

How am I going to manage a half next month?

Maybe my running days are over

I have lost the buzz

This sucks

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The following week, running and I ‘were on a break’.  I felt a bit guilty each time I went to an rpm or yoga class. Why was I enjoying swimming when I should be focusing on getting my mileage back up?  Ok the outdoor pool at David Lloyd is far too tempting.  I close my eyes and I could be anywhere – Spain, Mauritius, Hawaii.  Plus a sunset swim after a hardcore rpm session or some weights is so satisfying.

It was cool though, a few days out from running would do me good. I booked myself in for an amazing sports massage and I focused on looking after my body.

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The day soon came for me to lace my shoes back up and I felt nervous.  I was armed with a clear head (avoided any vino or Edinburgh gin the night before) and had a good 8 hours sleep in me.  I had my faithful running gear on – including my super comfy, lucky socks.

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What if it was just like that run last week which totally sucked? No think positive.   I will start off slowly and then pick it up a bit.  Wow what a difference. I am in my stride again. My breathing is steady and I am enjoying the route.  All that other cross training is definitely helping me. My body clearly needed a proper massage too.

There are so many reasons why we have a bad run – sleep, tension, stress, diet. Sometimes it’s just not our day.  That is ok.  It doesn’t mean that we quit.  There is nothing wrong with taking a break and then getting back into it.  Sometimes we have to just go for it. Push the negative thoughts aside and lace up the trainers.

The half marathon is a month today and even if I have the odd off day and my mind says ‘you aint made for this’ I will go anyway.  I will just go for it because, even when we are not in our stride: there is no such thing as a bad workout.  Bring on that medal and a few well earned drinks to celebrate!

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9 comments

  1. Love reading your blogs. This is so true but even bad runs are learning runs….always something to take away even if it’s just ‘its better then sitting on the sofa doing nothing ‘

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