“Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped” ~African Proverb
Raise your hand if you have had a bad run or bad race.
If you are a runner, bad runs happen and they take us by surprise, don’t they? You can feel great at the start & ready to go and something is just off the minute you start your run.
I have always said I have bad training runs but better races, go figure. I have had so many bad training runs, I have lost count. Yet, when the time comes on race day – I can crank it out.
I remember my first bad race. It was not even a year ago. It was a local 5k, shortly after the LA Marathon. 5k’s is one of my specialty distances, I always do well. I might not PR, but I am always in my zone that day.
I wasn’t that morning. Within the first mile, I couldn’t get into my pace nor groove. By 1.5 I opted to even walk part of the course. My head and body was not in the game that morning.
When I crossed the Finish Line – I felt defeated. Although I had just run a Full Marathon, I felt so out of sync that morning. A very unusual feeling for me on race AM. It depressed me for a week. How did I get out of my funky depression? I processed my emotions, I cried, I had a short pity-party and then decided that I was not doing myself any good by feeling that way. One race would not define me. I got out the door and started running again. As an athlete, we know most of our accomplishments are mental. It […]