The fact is that everyone has tough weeks – whether it’s dealing with an injury, an abnormal work schedule, things going on in your personal life or even just feeling a bit off.
We’ve all been there!
It doesn’t take anything away from our training or mean we’re not good runners – it just means we had a bad day. Three days before the half, I near bonked during an 8 mile run. I didn’t even finish the run and had to call my wife to come pick me up. It’s been more than a year since I’ve had to deal with bonking – must have jinxed myself with last week’s post
My original plan was to peak for this race and maybe even pull off a PR.
To make a long story short: I went into this race feeling sick, dealing with allergies, in heavy trail shoes due to the mountain. I knew it probably wasn’t going to be a PR, so I decided to just enjoy it.and I DID enjoy it. I didn’t look at my watch for the first hour. I talked to other runners. I took pictures. I encouraged those having to walk up the mountain.
My only regret is that I didn’t go into the shop with the large sign that said “Weird Plant Sale” – just seems like something I should have checked out…but after all, I was in a race!
There was no water after mile 9.5 – which was strange and likely due to the course changes. I wasn’t the only one struggling toward the end.
At the end of the day, this could have been a miserable experience turned out to be one of the most fun races I’ve had. I wasn’t anywhere near my PR – but then again, I didn’t need to be.
I’m not saying I’ll run all my races like this – but a bad day doesn’t take away from my ability as a runner or the great training runs that I had this year.
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