We all get them, and while we may blame the humidity or our legs still being sore from the long run at the weekend, we still know we had a poor run. But it’s not all doom and gloom, so here’s a few points to ponder after one of those lead legged runs that may make you feel a bit better!
1 – If the run was particularly disasterous then you’re heading into your next run with a really low baseline. In other words, it can’t get any worse! Grab a shower and look forward to your next run as it surely can’t be as bad as the one you just had. Also, refrain from the Shirley joke from Airplane.
2 – It may have been an awful run, but consider the average activity level of the general population. While you were giving it your all on the trail, your peers were indoors watching tat on the TV. It doesn’t matter what tat, there’s too much to choose from. With an added bonus that you can watch the tat after your run and not feel guilty for sitting on your arse. If you must.
3 – If the recent warm weather, and I find anything above 15°C is warm for running, seems like hard work running then cool down with a cool pint of what you fancy. You’ve earned it!
4 -If you’re unlucky enough to suffer a load of down time from your running, then you can be satisfied that a poor run is better than no run! When you’re next nursing a sore achilles, or unable to run due to other health issues, you’ll look back on this run as a golden age! Cue Chariots of Fire music!
5 – If it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make it stronger. It’s easy enough to complete a run when everything’s going smoothly. It takes genuine strength of character to complete a run when all you want to do from the first minute is to give up. So sit back and realise that while your pace may have been slower than usual, your mental toughness got a decent work out and you’ll bounce back better and stronger. Maybe.
6 – Note it down as a recovery run, whistle and walk away in the hope nobody noticed…