Happy Thursday Everyone!!
I wanted to start out by following up on my post from Tuesday. I went over all this epic enlightenment about “Embracing the Suck” and how sometimes this sport that we all love just flat out sucks sometimes. It was some of your comments that gave me that “Oh My Gosh Your Right” moment and wanted to just follow up real quick.
Hanna over at the newly published Minimal Marathoner (GO CHECK IT OUT!!!) made the comment that a lot of bloggers make it seem as though all runs should be great and in some cases that bad runs do not happen. I have to admit that here on my blog I don’t do a very good job of breaking down my bad runs for the benefit of others. I have A LOT of bad runs and do not share enough information on those runs for readers and other runners to benefit from those experiences. I am usually of two mindsets when it comes to my bad runs:
1) One and Done
When I have a bad run, I usually chalk it up as a bad run, forget about it as soon as I take my shoes off, and then move onto the next run. At this stage in my running life I know that certain things are going to derail a run. A few examples are: not enough sleep, bad fueling and hydration, the weather, and of course my personal favorite…too many beverages the night before LOL. Knowing that I’m good for one bad run per week, I just throw it out and move onto the next day. Honestly, I really need to do a better job of breaking down these runs, not only for my own benefit but also for the benefit of others. I think we can all agree that we learn just as much, if not more, from a bad run as we do from a good run.
2) Skeletons in the Closet
This is my exact mindset when it comes to my two marathon disasters. Just thinking about the terrible performance pisses me off and gets me all wound up. I know I know, I got all the comments like… “At least you finished” … “You still finished in a decent time” … and so on. I don’t mean to digress but I have a certain expectation for my performances and when I don’t meet that expectation, it pisses me off, can’t explain it in any other way lol. Back to my point, I get so mad at myself when I think about or talk about these experiences that it’s easier to just throw it in the closet and forget about it. BUT, just like the bad runs, I need to do a better job of breaking these runs down and using them to benefit my future runs and hopefully someone out there in the blog world.
After reading the comments I just wanted to touch on that, I know it’s a sore spot for me and really need to do a better job in that area.
On to more positive subjects, man oh man this recovery week has been pure EPICNESS!!!
Last week was a huge week for me. My legs were wrecked after all the miles and the elevation gain so my body definitely needed some down time. I’ve taken advantage and slept in a few days (well sleeping in for me, which is like 5am lol), kept my runs really light, and honestly I have not felt bad at all about the minimal running effort I’ve had this week.
Also, the last couple days I was concerned that either my allergies were acting up or I was getting a cold which was another reason why this recovery week was needed. I am feeling good today so I should be ready to knock out a huge week again next week.
Do you properly evaluate your bad runs or do you try to forget them like I do?
How do you feel about those recovery weeks? Normally when my legs feel good I’m all about running but honestly this week has been A-M-A-Z-I-N-G lol