It’s good to be back!I wish I could say I stepped right into the swing of things easily, but that would be a lie.
Not only would it be nice to be cruising through vacation again, but it would also be nice to be cruising through my runs! Unfortunately I don’t think my body has figured out where I am, what I’m doing, or what time it is after a 26-hour journey across the world… which might have been the reason why my chest felt tight, my legs felt heavy, and my head felt light this morning.
On a positive note, Rock Creek Park looks like a magical green forest and smells like honeydew flowers. The fact that I was slow this morning meant I got to spend more time breathing in the sweet spring air!
I’m surprised at the amount of literature on “bad runs.” About.com even has an entire page dedicated to quotes about bad run days. Most of the articles I’ve read point to sleep, diet, hydration, stress, boredom, bad form, weather, illness, and soreness (phew!) as possible factors contributing to bad runs. But every contributor to these articles by Running Times, Coach Dean Herbert, Technically Running, and Runner’s World (forum) notes that some days you just feel “off” — for no apparent reason.
The most important thing is not to dwell on bad runs or let a single bad run convince you that you’re out of shape, slow, or a bad runner. Without bad runs, how could you have good runs?
“When you are recovering from a bad run, remember that you just cannot expect every run to be a “good” one; that is expecting too much from running and will lead to disappointment. You cannot expect running to always be fun and easy.” — Running Times
And just one more link. Although FitSugar usually has pretty fluffy articles, I actually think this one on how to prevent an “off” run is pretty uplifting. If you’ve feeling down, give it a read!
In other news, a reader sent in this photo as a contribution to my Pop-tart worldwide price-monitoring project. Breakfast of (cheap, unhealthy) American champions!
- What do you think contributes to your “bad” runs?
- Favorite flavor pop-tart?
- When was your last out-of-country trip?
- Runner’s World: How good of a workout is CrossFit?
- Washingtonian: Five lunches in DC under 500 calories
- Run to the Finish: Breathing techniques for runners