Some Runs are Terrible

I’ve typed and retyped this post a dozen times.  I think it needs to be said, and throughout the last few days, I tried to find a more “tactful” way to say it.  Keeping it short, like the brief person I am here it goes:

We all have bad runs and races. Get over yourself.

Most people that know me in person know that running is and never will be everything for me.  I highly doubt I will be making the Olympics in anything and running is just that…a hobby.  Not every run is perfect, pleasant, and glamorous.  That holds true for everyone from professionals to those just starting out.  I’ve tanked multiple runs and races then put it in the rearview.  Of course, not everyone copes the same way but if running is “your lives purpose” please find some more things that fulfill you.

If you treat a bad run like the end of the world, you need to find more hobbies.  If you treat anything like “the end of the world,” you need to find more hobbies.

me running west point

Here are a few tips to get over a bad race:

Let Yourself Be Sad:

You are allowed to be sad about a bad run but there is a difference between sad and devastated. We all know, you have put time into the training and race. Being sad is normal, but overthinking it and wasting excess time and energy is not.  Instead of focusing on the race, think about your training and what you accomplished during the training cycle.  It’s not as if your training went out the window because you didn’t achieve your “A” goal.

Be Objective:
Did you sleep in during long runs?  Did you miss runs or workouts?  Were you sick? Was the weather bad?

The number of people who justified their slower Boston performances this year was alarming.  We know it was monsooning…you don’t have to explain why you missed your goals…(I have raced many half marathons in the same conditions and been over 10 minutes slower).  As that Frozen Lady Says: Let it Go

The more you think about it, the more upset you get. This is true of anything from bad breakups to sports.

Learn Something:
Did you learn something from the race or the training cycle?  When I missed my Phoenix Marathon goal (by…a lot), I learned a lot about myself while training.  I need speed work, racing, and also at the time marathon training was not right for me.

There is Always Another Race:
Always keep this is mind.  Running is booming and there will be another race.  That probably wasn’t your last race ever. Take time to regroup and move to the next goal.  If you trurly hated the race, and don’t want to run anymore…don’t.  Take time away and focus on things you do want to do.

You shouldn’t ever put all of your eggs in one basket whether it’s running, sport, or even job-related. Bad races happen to everyone and they are part of the sport. You shouldn’t beat yourself up about them.

Question for you: How do you get over a bad workout, run, or race?