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Good Runs, Bad Runs, it’s all about the Run

03/21/2016

Photo Mar 20, 10 18 51 AM (1)     CCH Training Run, 3/20/2016

Have you ever noticed the unexplainable phenomena that is the “Bad Run”?  The day before your run, you do everything right: proper hydration, proper nutrition, proper rest.  Then you wake up in the morning and you instinctively know it’s going to be Bad.  Or worse yet, you wake up anticipating the great run you are going to have…you start running…and the wheels come off the wagon.  It’s Bad.

There are days where you do everything right: proper hydration, proper nutrition, proper rest.  Then you wake up anticipating the great run you are going to have…you start running…and it IS great!  Wait a second!!!  Identical actions, on identical days, resulting in completely NON-identical runs.  One is AWESOME, one is HORRIBLE.  Why???

I have no idea.

I went to bed Saturday night, in anticipation of having my first really long run (9 miles!) after being injury-ridden during the Fall 2015 season.  I woke up Sunday morning feeling exhausted.  Not a great start!  Breakfast and coffee minorly improved the situation.  Ran 2 miles in decent fashion before meeting the group, and then proceeded around West Caln for what was supposed to be another 7 miles.

Mile 1 with the group kicked my you-know-what.  I set my mind to the task at hand, knowing this was NOT going to be easy and certainly not fun.  By mile 4 I had lost sight of the group (because I was last, waaaay last to the point of not even being in eyesight of the group).  By mile 5 I decided that I didn’t care if the distance fell short, I was stopping when I reached our starting point.  In short (haha long distance running pun intended!) I ran 8.2 miles out of the intended 9, a full-on 2 minutes slower per mile than usual.  I was so miserable and tired!

This morning I checked my training plan.  It read “5 miles.”  I gulped…yesterday’s run was completely in the toilet.  Today was bound to be just as bad, right?  Dreading every step, I decided to just “put the hammer down” (as my Dad always said) and get it over with.  “I’ll walk the hills if I have to, but I WILL get this done.”

The first half mile was ICK.  Then the most amazing thing happened…the run became easier, lighter.  I enjoyed myself at what felt like a reasonably easy pace.  I finished my 5 miles, checked my time…and was SHOCKED.  2 full minutes faster per mile than yesterday!  What the heck?!?

Jacinda and I often discussed this phenomena with our other runner friends.  Why is it that you can take identical conditions on seemingly identical days, and have 2 drastically different runs?  I’ve yet to meet anyone with the answer.  Please email me at [email protected] if you have it!

In the meantime, the moral of the story is this: don’t be discouraged.  There are good runs, there are bad runs (often for NO GOOD REASON!), but in the end – the mileage all adds up.  It’s all about the run

Happy Running!

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jess r.

 

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