Crappy runs happen
Sometimes it’s because you’re not hydrated enough, or ate the wrong fuel
Sometimes your breathing just isn’t great
And sometimes it’s all about your attitude!
I had a crappy run today and I have nothing to blame but my own negative attitude. Being back in Leuven I’ve had some trouble with my training schedule: I have to fit in at least one run when I’m in Leuven and I’m not really thrilled about it, I love running in my home town but running in the city… not so much.
I can’t be bothered with running in crowded streets, having to pass wandering students on the side-walk, waiting in front of red lights…
and I definitely rather not have any of my class mates see me all red and sweaty and possibly on the verge of passing out on the side-walk.
As a solution I go running on a path that belongs to the uni students that major in sports. I usually quite enjoy it there, it’s a nice setting and when you get there early enough it’s rather deserted and peaceful.
When I got there today other runners were already on that path, and immediately Miss Negative took control:
I don’t like running with so many people around
Look at her she’s way faster, she ‘s probably going to pass me 3 times before I even finish a lap
I shouldn’t have worn these sweat pants, it’s way too hot to wear sweat pants
My breathing is totally off, I probably won’t even last for a mile
Why is that guy running in the wrong direction?
I really don’t like running in crowds
What’s up with those hills, I don’t remember seeing hills here before
Oh no, there’s another one of those athletic girls, I must look like a real goof, and why am I not wearing a cuter outfit
Negative thoughts and running, not a great combination… I ran about 3K before I decided to call it a day because I really wasn’t enjoying myself.
Instead of being whiny and upset about this all day I tried to focus on the positive sides of this run: at least I went out and got some exercise and I didn’t stop after a few steps but I soldiered on.
I also made a yummy breakfast to cheer me up a bit:
‘Quinoa Breakfast Bowl’
In the mix: Greek yoghurt with pumpkin and cinnamon, topped with leftover quinoa, banana coins and some chopped nuts. This was amazing and just what I needed to get my mind back on the positive track!
Here’s what I’ve learned from today’s run:
- Being negative isn’t going to help you one bit, change your attitude, positive vibes will get you further
- If I really don’t want to run with a lot of other people, I’m going to have to hit the tracks earlier, if I can’t do that I’m just going to have to deal with the crowd, no whining!
- Crappy runs happen, they just don’t have to affect your self-esteem and the way you feel for the rest of the day
- Don’t feel intimidated by other runners: everyone runs at their own tempo and has their own assets and flaws, learn to accept yours and do the best you can within your capacities
- Every run has at least one success!