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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Well, that run sucked!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... After my crap-tastic 10 miler on Sunday, I took FOUR DAYS OFF RUNNING. I lifted three of those days and the other day I just sat on my ass.Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Yesterday, I almost took a nap instead of running, but since Paul wanted to go to the gym (I'm his ride) I figured I may as well run. Besides, I missed the endorphins. And we were going to a carnival later that night so I was going to eat a lot of junk. Endorphins + junk food are totally valid reasons to run!

I secretly hoped that after four days off I would feel GREAT.

No so!

After just one mile, I was exhausted! I stopped to use a port o john and that little break gave me a second wind. But it only lasted a few seconds. I forced myself to finish 6 miles (because endorphins + junk food) but every step was an effort.

6 miles @ 8:57 pace was a HUGE EFFORT.

So weird.

Who the hell trains 3 months for a marathon and gets SLOWER?

Me. 

I might run tomorrow because who knows, maybe the run will feel good and it will erase this bad run!?

On the plus side, while I didn't gain any strength while I was focusing on my running, I didn't lose any strength either. I am still able to hit my normal weights for all my usual lifts. Woot!
When's the last time you took several days off running?
What's your favorite carnival food?

15 comments:

  1. Yuck, I hope you feel better soon. Maybe because you took so many days off? I know the day after a day off (my first run back), sometimes it takes me a little longer to get going? That's why I've tried to stop taking the day before a race off and I do a shakeout run instead now...

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    1. That could be it. Besides being injured, I rarely take 4 days off in a row. That's kind of a lot! I normally take 3 days off before a race.

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  2. It can be so hard to run after a few days off. Now I am used to that feeling, but when I am running regularly and take any more than 2 days off I feel really weird when I come back. Sometimes I feel ok by the end of the run, other times the whole run doesnt go well. Hopefully your next run is better!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Yeah it may just be that I am not used to that much time off. I think I will try again today.

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  3. Ugh! I hate runs like that. I did some track work yesterday and it was also pretty craptastic, but I choked it up to recovering from the weekend. I'm about to go out and do 10 miles, and I'm hoping that's not too terrible. I hope your run today goes better.

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    1. Your track was definitely affected by your awesome 5k and half performance! Count that as your track workout. :) I hope your 10 miles today feels great!

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  4. I hadn't ran at all this week cus we've been on vacation and then I did a lousy 3 miles on Friday and it completely sucked. My left calf was tight again and it was much hotter than I thought it would be. Here's to a brand new week and better runs for us all!

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    1. Yes! New week, and new fresh runs! Welcome back from vaycay! Hope it was great.

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  5. I'm sure it's because you are just burned out. Take it easy!

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  6. I often will go 3 days without running due to swimming and cycling. In fact, I ran Thursday and w/ Friday swim, Saturday cycle and Sunday rest it will be 3 days by Monday. The longest (non injury) break I took from running was 9 days when we traveled to Panama. It is never the break that I mind it's the coming back and how it can be uncomfortable. I hope if you run today it is wonderful.

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    1. Wow 9 days is a lot, but obviously there are some trips that are just way more important than getting a run in. We are going to the beach soon and I might not run there. I am one of the weirdos that doesn't really like running at the beach. It is always so hot and crowded.

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  7. I got slower after marathon training, but I wasn't following a plan that was supposed to make me faster. I guess it's normal to get slower before taper, right? And then suddenly the speed finds you again!

    I don't know, I love distance, but it's nice to run shorter distances and not feel like you're slogging through it.

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    1. I have no clue what is normal anymore. Hansons messed with my head. :(

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  8. I am glad you could erase the bad run pretty quickly!
    Sometimes I feel sluggish after i have four or five days off, which I have been doing the past few weeks.
    Just two days or running every other day usually feels good, unless it is hot. It is still hot here, I wish it would break just a little.
    That is good you still have all your strength :)

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