Recently I have noticed on Twitter and Daily Mile that some people have been posting or describing their recent run as “blah” as indicated by the not so smiley face icon on Daily Mile. I once too felt that this run was awful, or that was the worst run ever. As of late, I have started to question the idea of a “BAD RUN”. Is there really such a thing as a bad run or a blah run or worse a run that we regret. I have even come across the occasional “It would have been better if I didn’t run, that’s how bad my run was”.
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The moment we lace up our shoes and make our way outside the door or hit the start button on our Garmin, is there really such thing as a bad run, a run so bad that we regret. Now I am not talking about a run where people get hurt or assaulted or anything to that extreme. I am talking about the run where we come back in one piece unharmed and uninjured.
I know for many runners, I can say that we compare this week’s tempo run to last week’s and so forth. The same distance and I ran slower, so it makes the run worse or bad or blah, you pick the way you feel about a run that is slower than before. The thing is that even though the course and the distance might be the same, it really never is the same exact run. As each day passes we are older one more day, so there alone our body is not the same, yes from one week to another we have aged. The wind on our run last week might have been a tail wind and today it was a head wind. The ground or terrain that we ran on has changed due to weathering. What we ate the night before and amount of water we took in was completely different. The temperature might be a few degrees cooler or warmer than last week. The emotional and psychological state that we go into that run could also have changed. You see the distance and workout might be the same but really everything else is different.
I think each time we decide to start our run, that run at a minimum is a good run, maybe not great but still good. Okay I will even take average, but is it really ever bad? I mean we have the liberty to run and enjoy the world around us, how bad can that run really be? So from here on out, I have told myself there will never be a run I call bad. Each run is unique in it’s own way, but I do understand that some runs might be a little more challenging than others, but no run will ever be labeled as bad or blah. I think the moment we understand that the same workout as before might be a little more challenging today than it was last week, we will have a better outlook on how beautiful running truly is and how much running is a gift for us that are fortunate enough to get our and run freely.
Do you agree that when we break it all down there really is no such thing as a bad run?