Rough Run
Saturday, 07 April 2012 - Written by KathyStenson [profile]
Whew...worst run in months this morning...not sure what happened, hoping you may have some suggestions.

I set out to do 7 was cool so I put on a warm top and tights and headed out. I felt really hot, really tired at about mile 2, and my legs had no gusto today. I had to walk (and I never walk, haven't since month 1 back in September) and cut my run from 7 to 5.5 miles. I felt woozy as I cooled down and stretched.

I'm thinking I may be a bit dehydrated so I drank an extra bottle of water right after my run...maybe tha's part of my problem? I felt really overheated as well, maybe I just dressed too warm...

I've been feeling really great on all my recent runs, I'm running a different, hillier route mid week. Maybe that made my legs too tired?

Or maybe it was just a bad day...I'll change up my routes a bit next week, hilly on Wednesday, flatter route on Thursday and see what happens.

MidwesternWoman says:

The difference between being someone who is inconsistent with fitness and being a true runner is... Exactly what you just experienced.

In so many sports there are set backs - - but I truly believe running has the worst of all of those. This is when many people stop. Including me, just last year!

You have had some amazing runs of late, and hit the goals you established. Your body and your mind ramped up for those things. It is time to cut back (just a little!) and recover from the push to accomplish all that you have in such a short time. Give yourself a couple of weeks of light runs, combined with more cross training, good nutrition, and plenty of water. And then after that 2 week period - sign up for your next running "it". Being goal oriented, you'll be back on track in no time.

You are an awesome runner, and have come a long way in 7 months. So very proud of you!!!

lazyking says:

Im sorry you had a bad run. Here is my 2cents :)
I often overdress. In cincinnati, it can be 30 degrees at 7am then 50 by 8am. It's usually just uncomfortable but nothing to worry about or stop you. So I don't think that was your problem. You probably know this already but dressing in layer could help you feel comfortable during the whole run. If ot's gets too hot, just peel of the extra shirt.
My wild guess is that you didn't recover from your previous runs or you didn't eat enough the day before. I know you've been doing the same routine for a while now but sometimes this happens. Per example, just this week, it took me longer to recover from a 7:20 pace 8 miler than a 8:20 pace 20 miler. I kinda neglected the recovery for the 8 miler so I paid for it with a very lousy run the day after.

billh1 says:

I'm sorry you had a bad run. I know your next one will be better because of who you are...a runner, and there's always the next run. Hang in there!

TammyRoussell says:

Hi Kathy, I will sometimes feel the way you described when I am not eating enough, or am dehydrated. I also found that the more I run, the more I have to be careful about what I eat and when. My husbands nephew is a Dr. Who specializes in nutrition. He gave me some great advice about making sure to eat after my run, especially long runs, so that my body would be able to use the fuel to recover, and help build strength. I never use to eat after my run because I didn't feel hungry for quite a while. After taking his tip, I definitely notice that I feel my strength building. I also try to eat about an hour before running. My body is pretty sensitive to food in the stomach when running so I try to keep it light. I find that low fat cottage cheese with raisins and walnuts or a banana works for me, but everyone is different, it may take some experimenting to find what works for you to fuel your body but not feel uncomfortable.

Not sure if any of this applies to you but thought I would share what has helped me on the nutrition front. I agree with the others in that your dedication and consistency will surely pull you through this rough day and I am sure we will see your notes of success soon to follow.

KathyStenson says:

Thanks to all for your words of encouragement...I know that this is a temporary setback, and after drinking 5 bottles of water yesterday and realizing I could have had more, I think it was dehydration, combined perhaps with not eating soon enough after my earlier runs this week.

I am an eater, I always eat all day long, skipping meals doesn't really ever occur to me because I get hungry and crabby...but when I think about it, I actually skipped breakfast one day this week after a run and delayed it by a couple of hours after another. Between that and not concentrating on drinking enough water throughout the days consistently, I think it all caught up to me.

I'm sure the yummy pizza and dessert I had caught me up on any missed calories. Pesto with chicken pizza and limoncello cake with gelato...Y-U-M!! As I've seen folks say on this site...LOVE being able to indulge once in a while without feeling guilty about it.

I'm taking today off as usual, and will go easy tomorrow morning and see how I feel. It is finally beginning to get a bit warmer, so I'll be sure to keep hydrated more consistently and see how it goes.

Thanks again for your support, it's awesome to know you all are out there rooting me on!

rcblu2 says:

Sorry about the bad run. I have them fairly regularly. Sometimes your body and legs will wake up after a couple miles, sometimes not. I am not sure how over dressing effects my running, and I like the layer suggestion. I also like the idea of a temporary cutback in miles. I hope the next run is better for you.

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