- I had on the wrong outfit for the temperature. I was doing strength training at home before I left & had on a tank top. Threw on a jacket & ran out the door when Michael came home. Fail. The jacket was too much once I warmed up, but the tank top was definitely not enough. Brr.
- The tank top was actually "too much". By that I mean, I've got a bit of a chest, & didn't envision using this tank top for running. It's more of a gym/elliptical kind of a thing. I got three whistles, & a few honks on the run. Which made me super self-conscious. I will say that it's very cute & flattering on:
- It rained.
- And it was windy
- I had multiple bathroom issues, which I won't bore you with.
- I was trying to combine two workouts in an attempt to make up a few days that I've lost on my training plan. It was a colossal fail & the hill I chose (with no research) was a 1.5 mile incline.
- It was all around painful, & I never hit my stride
All of that said, it's runs like this that make me appreciate the good ones. How is it that a run like this made my 6 miler on Saturday look so effortless? Isn't your body interesting? I have a feeling that it has to do with the crap I ate over the past few days. My body was not a fan of the "fuel" I was giving it.
Here's what I kept telling myself on the run:
- I'm putting in the miles & doing my body a favor just being out here.
- I'm lapping my own performance of sitting on the sofa yesterday.
- The hard workouts make me appreciate the easier ones.
- Even a painful workout tones my body & burns calories.
- I clearly need more hills training.
- I'm lucky to have a job that pays me for sick days when one of my kids is not feeling well.
- I'm incredibly lucky to have a husband who will come home at lunch so I can run. Thanks, Michael!
- My body is making huge progress - in February I couldn't even run a mile without stopping.
- The endorphins will eventually make this feel good.
- I'm burning off some of the junk I ate over the past few days.
- Everyone has bad runs
What do you do when you have a bad run? How do you push through on those days when it's just hard?