Good Runs and Bad Runs (but mostly bad runs)

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…..

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(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!
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3 thoughts on “Good Runs and Bad Runs (but mostly bad runs)

  1. I have definitely had some bad runs! I remember one long run from last year when the weather was crazy- sunny one minute hailing the next- and I just couldn’t get in a rhythm and everything ached. I soldiered on a for half of it with some walking and some running but when I got to the far end of the lake and realised I still had 9 miles back to the car I just burst into tears-proper sobs- trying to hide them from other runners/walkers. They were tears about other things but a bad run was the final straw. I walked the rest of the way, trying to convince myself that ‘time on my feet was good’ but that is one of the few runs that I think it was worse than no run at all!
    i find when I get into ‘running funks’ it helps to take all pressure off, no goal, no watch, no purpose other than to breath in some fresh air and stretch my legs, I speed up when I want, slow down to a jog when I need to, I say to myself going out the door that if I do ten minutes and want to come home I can, but I agree with you that having nice places to run makes all the difference. I hope the good runs start to outweigh the bad runs soon.

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    1. I’ve certainly had my share of runs like that! But that’s a great way to look at it. Lately I’ve been trying to put less pressure on it, telling myself hey, just getting out into the fresh air is good enough. And I’ve realized than when I’m truly forceful on myself, those tend to be the bad runs. So just letting go, breathing deeply, and trying to run solely for enjoyment, help!

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  2. I hate when I have a bad run. It’s usually due to humidity or even what I ate that day, so I try to work around that. But I definitely feel you! Getting back into the swing of it isn’t easy. I don’t know if that saying is true though. I’d rather not run than have a bad one! 😉

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