Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Move Along, Move Along

I had a bad run last week. To be honest, I have a lot of bad runs. We all do. Running is not always perfect. Heck, there are very few times that it is. Running is the one thing in life that can break our hearts without even knowing it.

My bad run from last week
I remember earlier this year when a friend of mine was going for a BQ and had to be pulled towards the end of the race. I was crushed. It hurt me so much that she worked so hard and had all of that hard work end like that. The same thing happened while I was tracking people for Chicago. I know how hard you all worked. To not hit your goal is crushing.

Two years ago I put my heart and soul in to half marathon training in Akron. I left everything out there. Busted my butt all summer for a performance I knew I could have done better by. I had two choices, give up and believe this was as good as it was going to be - or get over it and give it another shot. I believed in myself and what I was capable of. So, I gave it another shot.

Three weeks later, I broke my half marathon PR by nine minutes.

Best. Feeling. Ever.

Let's go back to earlier this year. I worked so hard to have a great race at Princess after taking a year off of racing for time. Five bathroom stops later I had come up very short of my goal. I gave myself a moment in the parking lot to cry about it then moved along. There was no point in giving tons of energy to it, it was over and happened.

So what happened? I gave it another shot and hit my goal time about five weeks later.

1:50:05!

Look, I know it's hard when you put yourself out there. When you want something SO BAD and it doesn't happen. You have to have the mindset going in to the race/training run that you are going to do the best you can today. Not every day is your day. No use in obsessing over it. Learn from every victory and failure. Remember why you love running so much. Give yourself a minute to be sad/upset/mad/frustrated but then focus on the positive. You made the decision to get up and do this thing. If you ran a race CELEBRATE EVERY FINISH LINE! You have just accomplished something not a lot of people have. We need to cut ourselves some slack and remember that this is something we get to do, not have to do. 

There will always be good days and bad days, just remember that the journey to the start line is the hard work. The race is the victory lap.

I'm linking up with Annmarie, Nicole and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday.


30 seconds to gripe. Tell me about a bad run/race that you just need to get out! 

4 comments:

  1. Chicago Marathon pretty much crushed my soul last month. I busted my ass for 20 weeks and the result was heartbreaking. I actually gave myself a week to try to get over it - i would say I'm about 90% there. I'm gonna try again for a marathon PR in the Spring.

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  2. We've all been there. Its part of being a runner. You can't control weather conditions or stomach issues. I had a pretty crappy running season throughout 2016. I felt like every race something happened to ruin my performance, and I even had a couple DNSes. I took 2017 to just enjoy racing again, and in 2018, I'm going to get back to trying to PR!

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  3. Wow. I am inspired by your story of PR'ing after a "bad run". There really are so many things that can make or break the day and the way we perform. Definitely need to just pick ourselves up, dust off and give it another shot!

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  4. This is such a great blog post! I was drawn to it because of your thumbs down image because I linked up with a similar thumbs down photo, LOL. I had such a bad race on Saturday. BUT I chose to walk away with some good lessons and I am racing again this weekend, but not going to let my last bad race get me down. In fact, I may even PB :-)

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