On Saturday, I ran in a 5k race and ran my fastest 5k yet. It was a great run! Yesterday, I was supposed to run 12 miles. It was a hot day yesterday, and I didn’t get out until after 10:00. I could tell as soon as I got through the first couple of miles that it wasn’t going to be a good run. From mile 2 on, I struggled. I’m not even sure what it was. My legs felt fine. I didn’t feel out of breath. But I just felt….meh. No energy. Because it was so warm, I thought I was dehydrated, so I was drinking Gatorade and water. I ate a couple of dates (my version of energy gels), but that still didn’t help.
I finally stopped at 7.5 miles. It just wasn’t happening.
How is it that I can go from running 11 miles the week before feeling great, to setting a new PR on Saturday, to having an absolutely crappy run? It’s almost like starting over.
I didn’t beat myself up too much about it, though. I think a lot of it had to do with what I ate both Friday and Saturday. Lots of processed foods, not a lot of fruit and veggies. In fact, last week wasn’t a very good week of eating at all. I’ve lost my focus on proper nutrition. I think by Sunday, the poor eating caught up with me.
Plus, the temperatures have been nice and cool recently, and yesterday was really warm. Perhaps my body just didn’t adjust well.
Who knows? Maybe it was just a bad run. Everyone has them, right? But when will I ever get to that point that even on a bad run day, I can still manage to chug out a long run?
Today is Monday, and it’s reboot time. This week I want to eat healthy and prepare for a 10k race that I’m doing on Saturday. I have to just move past yesterday’s run and focus on Saturday. I’ve got this!
“Bad workouts and races — we all have them and we always will. Accept that the body has an ebb and flow that we don’t quite understand. Some days you just feel ‘off.’ As hard as it is to accept a bad workout or race when there are valid reasons, it’s doubly challenging when there appears to be no reason at all. I used to worry about this, but now I just shrug it off as the quirkiness of the body and mind. Don’t invest in it or over think it. Move on.”
-Greg McMillan, in Gibson’s Daily Running Quotes