Getting over a not so great run

The one time I mention the next long run coming up, it goes less than great.

Not an epic fail, but cut short. Way short. I woke up super tired, and was beyond tired by mile 7. Seven. I finished 9 and came home wailing declaring I had failed. To which Super Isaac came to my rescue with his amazing googling skills. Iron deficient? Don’t think so, every iron rich food he found is in my staples list. Protein deficient? We think not. Did you eat a good breakfast before you went? Me: “um…uh…..”. Ah hah. Problem possibly solved.

As I mentioned yesterday, there are lots of healthy and natural snacks to fuel a run, and its important to have a snack before heading out. Especially so for an early(ish) morning run, when your body hasn’t had any food all night (I assume…). A breakfast of 100- 300 calories seems reasonable,  oatmeal with peanut butter, or bread with pb and a banana. Lesson learned!

I’m somewhat glad for an icky run though. It’s a good reminder to take a look at your nutrition and make sure you are properly fuelling your activity level. Having lost about 26 lbs. in 2011, increasing how much I eat to the perfect amount is a bit of an experiment (and a tad scary), but necessary.

So what could cause a bad run?

  • Not enough fuel before or during
  • Not enough sleep
  • Sickness
  • Sore muscles/injury
  • Dehydration
  • Overtraining
  • And sometimes, maybe its just a crummy run Sad smile

So in preparation for the next realllllyyy long run… some ideas how to mentally ready yourself after a not so great one…

  • Eat breakfast… think I covered this one…
  • Trust your training so far
  • Know that its ok to have a lousy run and focus on the good ones
  • Get some sleep!
  • Make sure you are eating well (and enough!)
  • Force convince some friends to join you for even a few miles

So the plan next time is know I can do it, eat well, start the morning with my Running Amiga for a few miles, and make Isaac join me for the last few. And I may have to eat and sleep more. It’s a tough life.

Any tips or ideas?

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6 Responses to Getting over a not so great run

  1. misszippy says:

    Hopefully you have nailed the cause right there. And like you said, sometimes bad runs just happen. I count on at least one every marathon training cycle. And you know what? The next one is almost always great.

  2. Jo says:

    Thanks, that’s great to hear!

  3. tricia says:

    great job learning from a bad run and not just dwelling on it

  4. Even the best runners have crappy runs. Kara Goucher (or was it Deena Kastor?) that here will be good miles and bad miles. Shake it off and come out roaring for the next one 🙂

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