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Anyone else struggling with getting back into a routine after being off for the holidays? I know I have. Add in that Lil Man was sick an entire week before Christmas and daily naps became the norm, I'm really struggling to make it through a normal day.

Although we haven't gone back to school yet, Hubby is back to work. And that means if I want to get in a workout or at least one without company and interruptions, I have to get up early and workout before Hubby goes to work. And the rest of the day is the usual go go go.

Thankfully I've had the opportunity to try Alert Caffeine Gum. 1 piece of Alert Gum is about the equivalent of a half a cup of coffee. (And for me that means no jitters). It's just enough ooomph to give me the boost that I need.

What Bad Runs Teach You

Sigh, double sigh, triple sigh.... today was supposed to be a trail run with someone at a place that I'd never run before. I blew off a race at that location (to save my $40 and to bypass race jitters), and decided to run with a local there instead. Unfortunately, two weeks later when this weekend rolled around, she was unable to run due to a nagging injury.

I decided to take my longer run this weekend on the road since I'm so much slower on the trail. I didn't want to be gone most of the morning. We slept in which threw off my normal routine. I didn't get started until after 9. (I'm usually running no later than 7:30 on the weekends).

By mile 2, I was already struggling. By mile 3 I felt like I was going to throw up, and had chills. Everything just hurt from my Achilles to my knee to my hamstring.

I bagged the run at 6 miles, and walked a mile home.

I felt pretty defeated, but then I remembered something that a runner friend told me "Bad runs always teach us something". So what can I learn from this run?

  • Probably should have eaten something - running on empty at 6am is different than running on empty at 10am. I did have water. But I hadn't had anything to eat, and I didn't bring any fuel. 
  • I started this run off in the wrong head space. I was bummed that my original plan hadn't worked out. I was a little off that my day was starting so late. So I started this run on the wrong foot mentally if that makes sense. The takeaway is that I should have put myself in the right frame of mind from the get go. Things happen - gotta deal with it and roll with the punches. 
  • Toss out those negative thoughts! "If I can't run more than 6 miles, how am I ever going to complete the race?" This one bad run (or multiple bad runs) doesn't define me. I had to take a step back and look at maybe why this run was bad. Nutrition? Humidity? Terrain? There are a lot of factors that go into a run. And each run is different - so I can't let one run define me as a runner.  

I'm using this less than stellar run as a reality check, and a guide to help me become a stronger runner. It definitely makes the good runs sweeter.  

At least the walk home from my ditched run had a nice view. 

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  1. So true, the bad runs always teach something and make the good runs so much more worth it!

    1. Sometimes it's a hard lesson to learn!


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