I was so excited today. I got out of work and it was over 60 degrees with clear skies. I raced (okay drove and tried to keep it within the speed limit) home so I could throw on my shoes and get a run outside. Did I mention I was sooooo excited?!
Off I went with a goal of 6 miles because, of course, that is what the plan called for. It became apparent very quickly that I was not going to make 6 miles. My calves tightened up even after my repeated stops to stretch them out. I started to get mad and aggravated but just decided to enjoy the weather and turn the run into a walk run because I didn’t want to hurt myself, after all I have a marathon in less than 4 weeks!
After making it home I spent a good 20 minutes stretching and rolling my legs and changing my attitude. I wanted to run 6 miles but I only ran 4 so I changed my thought to, “Yeah, I’m glad I got to get outside and run.”
I was stressed about getting hurt and what am I going to do about the marathon so I changed the thought to, “I’m glad I took it easy because I would hate to get hurt before the marathon. So glad that I can roll out my legs, put on my compression socks and relax so my legs will feel better tomorrow and for my long run this weekend.”
This is what I teach my clients all the time. It’s about changing your attitude and your thoughts. I try to practice it on a daily basis and I can say it was helpful today. Now don’t get me wrong, I still want to get out there and run those two miles that I did not finish today but in thinking about it, I would rather be healthy to continue my training than push myself and get hurt especially this close to the race.
Do you ever have runs that don’t go like you planned? What do you do?