Friday, October 5, 2012

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad...

In honor of seeing Blair (Facts of Life) on Survivor, I have entitled this post the first lines of the opening show's song. Also because today was a horrendous run. It was like I have never run before and "smoked 2 packs a day" (Beastie Boys line). I know many bloggers love to go on and talk about the great runs they have, and I have done the same, but this rant is about how bad this morning was. It was horrible.

I woke up, felt good, and was ready to run. Went downstairs, "took care of business"  (wink wink) and then eventually headed out for a nice 4 mile run in the crisp morning air. Somedays, there is nothing better, but today was not one of those days, not even close. It started out very sluggish, which I expect, because it happens, it takes me awhile to get these old bones moving. After about a half mile or so, I am good in the mornings. I often feel like talking myself out of running, but I know if I can get through that first mile, I will be fine. So I trudge ahead, thinking this as I shuffled.
This did not work.

Everything was just tight, my knees, ankles, hamstrings, everything. Finally I called it and headed home after about 25 minutes. I knew it wasn't going to happen. So the next step is to figure out what happened and why. What can I blame it on? Gotta blame it on something, gotta blame it on something... (Milli Vanilli)

Finally it dawned on me. It happens. You can't have good runs without bad runs. As the title says, "you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have" I can only hope that my bad runs are few and far between and never on race day. So this one is in the books and filed away, tomorrow is a new day and a new run!

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  1. I never to get to blog about good runs!!! Heck, if I ever had one, I would throw a party that lasts a month and rename the month "Great Run Month" and retire from the sport, while still on top, like Barry Sanders and John Elway.

    I would file this under mental toughness training personally, bad training sessions are often mis-filed and filled with negative thoughts and questions, little do we realize at the moment, that bad run will pay dividends on race day

  2. Friday afternoons are usually my favorite time to run. The work week is finally over, and it's a good time to unwind and let the stresses of the week go...BUT last Friday, I had an awful run. It came out of nowhere. I was fully expecting to have my glorious one-hour sweatfest. Instead, my legs were heavy, my back hurt, and I felt like I was trying to run through quicksand! When I got home, I chalked it up to "just one of those days," and was glad that at least I had burned a couple of hundred calories!

    By the way...The Facts of Life was one of my favorite shows growing up!!! :)

  3. Knew exactly what show that line was from even before I opened the post. Might have to check out survivor to see "Blair". Sorry about the bad run. Wholeheartedly agree with BDD's wisdom.

  4. I agree with you and BDD. You can't have good runs without having bad ones. We just hope the good out weighs the bad by a sizable ratio. Finishing bad runs is great mental toughness training.

  5. All you can do is all you can do. Recognizing that is hard. Here's to the next "goodie"


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