Thursday, June 9, 2011

A week of not-so-great runs

We all have them. Those runs that just don't hit the spot. The ones that are a true struggle to get through. The ones where if it can go wrong, it does go wrong. (And if you don't have those runs, we need to talk. Because I am clearly doing something wrong.)

This entire week has been like that for me. On Tuesday I set out to do an easy 3 miles. It was 3 miles of torture. I hated every.single.second. It felt like I was running for hours, when in reality I finished it in 26ish minutes. I was having weird stomach issues. I could only think of one thing: making it home. At the same time, you had better believe I was bound and determined to finish all 3 without stopping.

In the end, I made it. And then I spent the next 20 minutes laying on the tile in our living room with the fan on full blast hoping Sean didn't wake up and walk into the living room and find me in my semi-dead state trying not to puke.

It was only 3 miles.

I can run 3 miles in my sleep.

So what made it so bad? I really have no idea.

This morning I had a 5 mile tempo run. The last 5 mile tempo run I had was glorious. I came out of it wanting to just keep running it over and over again.

Today... Not so much.

My head wasn't in it. My legs were tired. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. I could give you a million reasons as to why I think it didn't go well, but the truth is, sometimes my runs just suck.

So where am I going with all this complaining? I'm terrified now. I have a 10k on Saturday that I've been looking forward to for weeks, and suddenly I've moved into a state of unease. What was supposed to be easy and fun is now looming over me.

I'm hoping and praying for a miracle run that is all rainbows and sunshine, but preparing for the worst.

What do you do to get out of a "bad run" funk?? Any advice? I'm trying to keep my head in the right place, but I'm pretty discouraged right now.

Oh and sorry for the overkill of cat pictures, but they make me happy, and editing them in Picknik makes me happy too. I really enjoy that when it's loading my pictures it says things like "buttering bread" and "fluffing clouds". Just me?


  1. Some runs do just suck! You will do great on your 10k. I'm slowly remembering back to your last 5k that you totally weren't feeling and then you rocked it and won in your age group. :-)

    P.S. I love the cute things Picnik says too!!

  2. Sorry you're having a bad week of runs! We all have them I think!

    The best thing to do is just focus on the 10k, build up the excitement and hopefully when the day comes it just works!

  3. My two cents is that you will kick some 10K booty - it's a race and races bring out the beast in all of us, after all! =)

    We all do have those really bad runs - sounds like maybe you were overheated or dehydrated or both - good Lord this heat has been unbearable, after all. Don't be too hard on yourself and don't worry about that 10K - you soooo have it in the bag! =)

  4. love all the pics of your babies!

  5. Eh all my runs suck, I admire the people that have some good runs lol. But maybe you're just having a bad week of runs in prep for your awesome 10k?

  6. I have a wide variety of 'good' and 'bad' runs. If one is too crappy, I usually just take a couple days can't do that but maybe take tomorrow off??

  7. I have to agree with Margs...maybe take some time to just relax today before the race. Let your legs regroup. You're gonna ROCK IT tomorrow. I'll be up early tomorrow sending good racing vibes your way!

  8. I had never heard of Picknik and now I'm completely obsessed. I blame you! :)