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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Which Runner am I Going to be Today?

Hey all, so I've been meaning to write this post for quite a while.  As I've started running, I've noticed that progress is no where near linear.  You have awesome days, then maybe a day that sucks, then some mediocre days, then sucky ones, and when you least expect it, an awesome day.

Rarely can I predict what kind of day I'm going to have until I actually start running.  This past half marathon (The Iron Horse) that I did was the original goal race.  When I signed up, I thought that there was no way I could ever do a half.  This was the race that my family was doing, and this was my main goal to conquer.

Well, fast forward a bit, and I had started to really love running. By the time of Iron horse, I had signed up for a full marathon.  I did Fort4Fitness, which was my first, I had done two 16 milers and a 10 mile race- all back to back.

When I got into the "corrals" (there were none) for the Iron Horse, I thought to myself, "I don't want to do this."  I wasn't excited for the race, I had run 16 miles the weekend before, and I was tired.  I had a pretty bad race, and I worried myself.  Am I falling out of love with running?  Why wasn't I excited?

Thankfully, I had an awesome 6 mile run yesterday that brought me out of my funk.  While I was running, I was thinking about how I need to not take each run too seriously.  If I have a bad run, I have a really hard time letting it go and not worrying. If I have two bad runs in a row, I freak.  I can't stop thinking, "Why am I having such bad runs?  Why am I not improving?  What am I doing wrong?"

George has even told me that I'm "mean" when I have a bad run.  (I will admit he's right).  I once told him that he was bad luck.  Whenever I ran with him, I'd do horribly and would get upset.  I get so frustrated because I'm putting in a solid effort, and when it's time to show someone else how hard I've been working, I can't perform.  Anyways, it makes me want to throw a tantrum.  I do get mean, and I've decided to make a conscious effort to stop.

On the flip side, when I have a good run (like the one I had yesterday), I feel on top of the world.  I have a huge smile on my face, and I can't wait for my next run. I have a total runner's high and a renewed confidence in my training.

I guess the whole point of this post is to just say that you will definitely have highs and lows in running.  The important thing is to realize that the lows are lows and you will get better, and the highs, as awesome as they are, are not there to stay.  It's a new goal of mine to not get so wrapped up in the two extremes.  Instead of focusing on runs individually, looking at my progress on a weekly or monthly basis.

What do you think? Do you have this problem too?


  1. Oh, this is so true! Some days i just don't "feel it" and I just have to suck it up and run. Other times it feels so effortless and I have to just go with it! I think we have to just look at the whole and focus on the times where we ran farther or faster than we have ever run.

  2. I agree with everything! I signed up for a second marathon the week I finished the first, my husband tried to get me to wait but I was on a runner's high. I didn't regret doing it until 5 minutes into second marathon. Now, 2 children later, I cannot wait to get back into runner shape again. Bring on the races!

  3. I love that first graphic so much! Genius. I am so with you on this.

  4. This is perfect. I am signed up for my first 10 Miler and a couple 5Ks to fill in the gaps. I am not doing a 10K this Saturday cause I am not ready nor would I be ok with failing at my first 10K. I just have to kick my butt into gear for running again.

    First graphic? PERFECT♥

  5. Was just venting this same thing this morning! Running my first half in one week!!! Getting so nervous! Lately I have been having some great runs but I have been running for over a year and like you said you will always have bad runs. Praying my luck does not run out.

  6. Gosh this could not be more right on. I am so happy I found your blog!! This is the first year I have started running more seriously too. I honestly feel like more veteran runners already know this little secret and have really perfected the art of dealing with it. I can't wait to get there!! My husband always reminds me that I am doing this because it is supposed to be fun...its hard to remember that mid tantrum :) thank you for the post!


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