When Bad Runs Happen to Good People

 What the heck happened yesterday? I skipped my morning run due to heavy rain and preferable warm blankets and decided to go after work.

It. Was. Awful.

Nothing was clicking. It hurt, it was slow, it was heavy, I felt gross, I felt out of shape, I felt hungry, I felt faint, I felt crampy, I just felt terrible. I tried switching songs, I tried changing my pace, I tried giving myself a little pep talk and then… nothing. So I just embraced the idea that it was going to be a bad run day.
And you know what? That’s okay.
Bad runs happen. Sometimes it’s downright miserable.
But I think that’s when we grow as runners, when for whatever reason, we’re having a terrible time and we just keep going. Logging miles is logging miles. You do gotta take the good with the bad.
So is it with life. Bad days happen to even the best people. Having a bad day or a bad run doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad runner. Getting thrown off and throwing in the towel accomplishes nothing.
But putting your time in, coming home, stretching, showering, getting cozy with a hot bowl of soup and telling yourself that it will get better, that tomorrow will be better..
and believing it
that is the key to being a great runner.
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