There comes a point in every runner's training cycle where they have to endure a really, really, really terrible, awful, shitty run. What's the big deal? Why not simply give up and try again the next day when a bad run happens? Well, runners are notoriously stubborn and 9 times out of 10, by the time you realize you're having a terrible run, its too late. These are the 10 stages of a really bad run--
Maybe you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or perhaps you went to bed a little later than you would have liked. Whatever the case, you find yourself dreading your long run.
You can feel it in your bones, it’s going to be a rough one. But like always, you think that you’ll be able to shake the bad run off once you get warm. You just need to get out the door (which is a struggle in and of itself).
3. Doubt & Reluctance.
You ignore every sign that the run is going to drop kick you in your hope. Your stomach isn't cooperating. You feel like you're moving through mud. Time seems to be moving in slow motion but you keep telling yourself that all will be well in 1 more mile.
Nope. The realization sinks in. The next few hours are going to be torture. Maybe you shouldn’t have gotten out of bed this morning. Maybe you should have actually just made today an easy day when you were 2 miles in and still had the chance. But no, you wouldn’t listen to yourself. Enjoy this terrible, awful, shitty run because you’re a long way from home now.
Welcome to the blame game! Your opponent? Your decision to run! I hope you like seeing red because the rest of the run is going to be awful.
No it isn't fun or fair! You got that right. Look, no one will judge you for crying when you realize you're only halfway done.
How could this happen? This week was fantastic! Running has been fun and effortless all month and all of a sudden…THIS? What's happening? What are you doing wrong? (Nothing. Bad runs happen! Shake it off!)
The pot's boiling over. You've officially lost it. It's ok. Be angry. Bad runs aren't fun.
Why are you so thirsty? And hungry? It's because you want a distraction. Don't over hydrate just to distract yourself.
Whether you quit or fought through it, you're done. It's finally over. No one wins when you have a terrible, awful, shitty run.
I always tell people that even though they are torture, bad runs really are the most important runs in your training because they help you see that you can muster through just about anything. And should you bonk or hit the wall on race day (GOD FORBID!), you'll know how to get to the finish line. Just try not to lose your mind. Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.