Sometimes, You Just Have a Bad Run

It was almost as if I’d been running for two weeks instead of almost two years. Midway through what was supposed to be an easy 5-miler near the lake on a beautiful, sunny afternoon after work, I felt some discomfort in my shins. I’d been pushing the pace because I saw someone’s shadow behind me for a mile. I moved over so she could pass me, but when she didn’t, I decided to just ran faster. Bad idea. After mile 2, that discomfort turned into a burning tightness that I still felt even after stopping to stretch. SO weird. I don’t think I really warmed up until mile 3, but by then, there was residual soreness that made me a bit concerned. It was gone by mile 4, but I decided to just end the run there.

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I love coming to this lake after work. It is the highlight of my day. Of course, it’s easy to get a little overzealous….

I iced when I got home, did a bit of foam-rolling, and had some toast and chocolate milk before Brett and I headed out to get groceries. I did some strength-training the next day, and a good warm-up today before my 6-miler: lunges, crossed-leg toe-touches, squats, and some running form drills. I also walked for a couple of minutes before I started to run. I really needed a redemption run after that 4-mile fail, and went through all of the drills I could think of to ensure it happened. Luckily, I got the good run I really wanted this weekend, but I’m trying to learn how to disconnect my emotional state from the quality of a run. I moped around the next day after that run, just because it happened to be one run where I didn’t feel great. Running is about building mental toughness and resiliency, but a tough run does not mean that you’re weak or inadequate. I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to run without any problems at all throughout the entire winter (hey girl hey!) and my body is moving very well. Lest I forget, I was in a BOOT this time last year (I always hearken back to #datboot when I start to take strong running for granted).

In other news, I scored a Pilates DVD set that includes 2 resistance bands for the price of one Pilates or Yoga class at my favorite (and very expensive) yoga studio.

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I’ll be sure to post a review after a few at-home sessions. I’m hoping some Pilates and tea at home will become my new post-work ritual, especially on those days that I can’t fit in a run after work to clear my head.

How do you get over bad runs?


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