Bad runs. Can we not? Heavy and hard breathing, side stitches, cramps, runner’s knee. I’ve had my fair share of “bad” runs, but… is there really a thing? When it comes to running, they say any run is better than no run at all. Is that true? Now that it’s finally warming up, I’ve been trying to get back into the daily swing of running, but it’s really really rough now having a full time job. I’ve always been a morning runner. Having to be ready and out of the house by 7:30 has forced me to change that.
Between a 40 hour (in office) work week and the weather, I very rarely got in a substantial runs this winter. Maybe, and I do mean *maybe*, a two-three miler once every, oh… two/three weeks. Ouch. That’s really, really hard for me to admit. Six milers used to be my daily thing. And forcibly being cut down to not even half that is really hard for me to maintain while still thinking and feeling positively. Now that it’s still light out when I get home and the temperatures aren’t below freezing, I do try to get in more frequent runs, even if only two-three times per week. But man, the transition has been hard. This brings me to the topic of…..
(but mostly bad runs)
Understandably so, any run is going to be a bit tough after, well, hardly running. Which brings me to a challenge. When I don’t got for a run, I feel really awful about myself. When I do go for a run, and it’s a bad run, I still feel pretty awful about myself. But I try to remind myself that “any run is better than no run at all”.
I’ve found that where I’m running has an impact on my stamina and overall performance. My favorite place ever to run is the park in my hometown. It’s got plenty of woodsy trails, along with pavement paths, so I have the benefit of both. It’s also the place I grew up, both as a person and as a runner. Whenever I’m running there I seem to be able to run a little bit faster, a little bit harder, and a whole lot longer.
Where I am right now, in Scranton, I’m not really that happy with any running locations. Maybe that’s because I don’t quite have that emotional attachment that I have back in my hometown, but I think it’s also just the fact that I don’t have quite as much versatility in any one given spot as I do back at that park that I love so much. Whatever the reason, it makes runs a whole lot less fun. I still get out there and do it, but I do more frequently have those “bad runs”. Tonight’s run was one of those.
I went to a lake nearby, which is nice, but very… roundabout. *AKA* very boring after having run around it about 1,000 times over the past few years. One good thing about this path is that because it’s really one singular path around the lake, it’s very easy to track progress (or a decrease in progress, like tonight). So after a really awful, tiring run, I’m feeling really freakin’ lousy. But any run is better than no run at all, right? RIGHT?
So I’ve got a question for fellow runners out there:
- How do you deal with negative feelings after “bad runs”?
- …..do you even have bad runs? Please tell me that you have them!