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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How To Turn a Weekend Getaway Into A Mini-Runcation!

My husband and I visited a couple of friends of his family’s in northeast Iowa recently, and although I attended undergraduate school in northern Iowa, I didn’t do much exploring off-campus, save for a random trip to Hartman Reserve every once in awhile. So when my husband approached me with the idea of a weekend trip, I thought the scenic, picturesque views would be perfect for a couple of low-key, minimal-fuss runs, both solo and with our dogs.

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Luckily, my husband understands exactly how much I want to #runallthemiles everywhere I visit, so he brought his bike to cycle behind me. The actual execution wasn’t as flawless as we anticipated…we had so much we wanted to see (and consequently, a bit of driving to do to reach all of our planned destinations), so fitting in an actual run was a bit of a challenge.

The best way to exercise flexibility (see what I did there?!) is to just wear your running clothes and gear to any and all of your outdoor trips. Whenever we’d get close to a trail, the dogs and I would take off running, with my husband and friends within earshot range. Easy miles, done. And if your friends and family are already walking and taking in the sights, they’ll eventually catch up to you, or you’ll be able to circle back and find them. Whenever I do this, I usually use the RoadID app for my husband to pinpoint my location.

These gorgeous views were well-worth my coordinating efforts:

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When is the last time you turned a getaway into an opportunity to get some scenic miles in?