I have this issue where I constantly change radio stations. I have always been this way and really can’t help myself.
I remember as a little girl someone once telling me that if I would only leave a bad song on, a really good one was bound to come on next.
While I think they told me this just so I would stop flipping the stations and annoying them, I do think about this theory lately in relation to when I have a bad run.
The bad runs happen, just like bad songs on the radio, but once we get through them, a good run should be up next.
So many blog posts and articles have been written on the topic of bad runs but I don’t think I have totally discuss the topic with you ever in detail.
I had what I would classify as a bad run last week.
I noticed it within the first mile. I knew it was not going to be a great running day which was unfortunate because I had planned on some speedy intervals during my 8-mile run.
1. I did an internal check to make sure nothing hurt and that I felt okay otherwise. If something truly hurts or you know you really don’t feel well because you are sick, you stop. And that’s that.
I felt fine. So I continued.
2. I dropped the speed work plan. I saw right away that speed just wasn’t in the cards so why push it?
3. I told myself that I can run just fine so long as I slow my pace to where I am most comfortable. There was no reason to stop if I felt like continuing but the key was continuing at a pace where I felt the best, even if it was slower than planned.
4. I stopped to adjust my laces. My feet swell, especially in the summer. I couldn’t decide if my shoes were bothering me but it certainly didn’t hurt to stop and see if adjusting my laces would help.
I think it may have relieved some pressure that was forming on the tops of my feet but who really knows.
5. I listened to some of my favorite songs. I reserve my playlists for races and special runs.
This run counted as a special run because I needed some extra motivation. When I save songs and don’t hear them often, it’s always a nice pick me up when I need it the most.
This is the playlist I went with for this run. It’s my favorite and I don’t feel the need to keep changing the song either!
6. I took the pressure completely off. Sometimes pressure that we have on ourselves to hit a certain pace affects how we run. I just kept relaxing my shoulders and telling myself to just run where comfortable, there was no rush, no pace to hit, no interval to run. The only requirement was to enjoy myself.
It’s the no rush thing that sometimes gets to me. When you are running slower, it takes you longer to complete your usual loop which can be frustrating, especially if you have places to be (like work). I do my best to not let the extra minutes get to me but if you are really in a hurry and the minutes are adding up, you may need to cut your run a little shorter. Or just take a much quicker shower afterwards!
7. I reminded myself that I needed a rest day from running. While bad runs do happen to all of us at any time without any real rhyme or reason, I try to pay attention to their timing.
For the most part, I have tons of energy on Tuesdays and Thursdays especially since implementing my workout routine which I shared with you in Tuesday’s post.
Since this bad run hit me on a Thursday, I gave same thought to how I felt the rest of the week prior to this run. I did realize that my pace was a tiny bit slower than normal during those other runs so I decided that I was probably in need of a day off from running which I would take the following day.
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I hope that you have a terrific weekend and of course, a really good run!
Anyone experience a bad run this week? How did you handle it?
Are you a radio station changer like me? Do you get antsy with your running music too?
How often do you stop to adjust your shoelaces?