I am to the point in my injury that I crave even the crappiest of lamest runs. But I know that when I am running like normal again I will try to avoid those bad runs like the plague. Today in pump I had one of those ‘awful’ workout days (not that the class was bad, it was amazing but I just was feeling so out of it) and I just wanted to crawl under the stack of mats with my emergency Butterfinger (I always keep some sort of stash in my gym bag at all times) and forget about this whole trying to stay fit and healthy thing.
We all have them…..
it may be a long run that we feel is the tell all of our fitness level,
a race that we spent big bucks on and told everyone we were going to PR in,
a day that we needed endorphins and a boost of self-confidence,
or a speed workout that we know could of helped us achieve that 5k PR we want so bad.
No matter who you are and what fitness level you are at, we ALL have off days, tired days or plain old BAD workouts.
That is normal and that is okay. It is these workouts that make the good ones feel so good. It is hard to think that way in the moment so instead I wanted to jot down some tips to help you get over your ‘bad’ workout and on with the rest of the day.
1. Look back on your blog/running journal/past race times and realize that it was one day and that in the past you have accomplished so much. One day cannot define us, focus on the positive rather than spending the day beating yourself up.
2. Call a running/work out buddy or family member that understands the ups and downs of training. They will help talk you out of the, “I am never going to run again and open up a bakery and my workout will be running to eat the hot out of the oven donuts” talk. PS you can always email me if you need someone to talk to:) Don’t talk to people about it that do not understand how frustrating it can be to have such a bad day/week/month of workouts…they will probably make you even more frustrated. Not a lot of people understand how crazy we all are.
3. Distract yourself. Move on with your day. Take a shower (okay, this one just makes my day worse), fuel yourself (usually fro-yo with 500 gummy bears works best for me), go to work, hang out with your kids…….basically just move forward. You can’t rewind and do it over and dwelling on the situation just makes your head hurt more so you might as well move forward and look forward to your next run.
4. Sometimes it is just your bodies way of telling you that you need to slow down or stop. I was LIVID after my half marathon in February. I was expecting to do so much better and to love every second of it, but that was the opposite of what happened. Little did I know (okay, deep down I did know) that I had two femoral stress fractures. This ‘crapola’ run was my bodies way of saying, “Janae, you are ridiculous. You need a break.”
5. Eat some candy or brownies with ice cream. (I am expecting at least 4 angry anonymous comments for this one, I know I am a bad example). Sometimes a good sugar rush (of course after eating a wholesome meal of fats, proteins and carbs, is all you need.
6. Kara Goucher says that she believes that “merely enjoying things outside of running helps my running by keeping me balanced and fulfilled as a complete person.” Take a second and jot down your priorities. If running is our number one and center of our universe……..when there is a bad run than we feel like our life is over because it is our main focus. When we balance our life and realize there is so much more to us (great post about this on Julia’s blog) than we quickly get over our bad run/race/workout etc. Kara also tells herself, “Running isn’t going to tuck you in at night,” when she needs to figure out where her priorities should be.
How do you get over a bad workout?
How often do you have a bad workout?
-When I was running, I had at least one bad/wanting to quit workouts a week. It happens to everyone, I promise:) Some weeks it felt like every run, so don’t quit if you go through a streak of bad runs!!
What is your current running or fitness goal?
-Get my legs whole again to run and swim freestyle for 100 minutes (with a break every 20 minutes). I am crazy sauce, I know.