That is what my brain and/or body has stubbornly been telling me the past week or two every time I try and run. It usually takes a good 2-3 miles for me to hit my stride and get in the zone on a run… especially at 5am. Lately though, even on my wildly late 6am weekend runs, it feels like there is a brick wall I am trying to push though that just won’t budge. Saturday’s hilly seven miler, and Sunday’s ten miler each required good five mile warm-ups…
There seems to be a lot of conclusion jumping out there about tough runs.
I could not agree more with Hollie, that every time we, as runners, go through an “off week” or two, it does not necessarily mean that we need to cease running immediately and take a break, that our body is rebelling.
The more years I have run, the more I have come to love the running community. There is no group of individuals with more enthusiasm, determination, support for one another, quirkiness and weirdness (which is an awesome thing). Because our love of running sometimes borders on obsession, runners sometimes have a nasty habit of over analyzing EVERYTHING.
Even worse, runners have a habit of jumping to irrational conclusions:
“Why was I 4 seconds off my pace for the last mile of my run? I must be over trained!”
“Where did those GI issues on my last two runs come from? It’s probably not just all of the beer and fries I had this weekend, I must have a gluten intolerance. “
“Why was that run so hard!? I must have lost fitness when I took two days off last week instead of one.”
Get ready people, I am about to blow your mind….
Sometimes, a run is just hard. That’s it.
Maybe if you’re Shalane, or Kara, figuring out exactly what triggers a few days of consistently crappy runs is important. For the vast majority of us,
Do you follow Run the Edge founded by Kara Goucher’s husband and Tim Catalano? If not you should!
I think this is a perspective that often simply has to be gained with experience. When someone is towards the beginning of their running journey, they need to learn their body, their energy cycles, what makes them tick. As they discover this, they’ll learn that bad runs happen, and while we should never ignore the signs of fatigue or injury, sometimes running is just hard.
So that’s that. Yes, my runs lately have kinda sucked. Guess what, that only makes me feel more like a runner. Why? We all have off weeks. Instead of wasting valuable energy over analyzing why… let’s all just go for a run.
How do you feel about hard runs?