When your race falls apart

Sometimes when I’m reading race reports I feel like an outsider because I don’t always love running. Lately, I’ve actually sort of disliked it in fact because everything else seems more fun to me than slogging through the heat here. That’s probably a major contributing factor to the sufferfest I unleashed on myself at Ft. Gordon’s 10 Miler & Run to Honor on Armed Forces Day.

Originally I planned on running the 10 mile distance. I’ve run so many distances even longer than that with less training that I was sure it would be fine. First, Saturday evening I went to bed with a headache then I woke up Sunday just feeling really blah and not at all into it.

I went back and forth until I decided I shouldn’t waste the entry fee and I made myself get dressed and headed to post where I picked up my packet just in time. I didn’t do any of my usual pre-race or even pre-run things and I’m sure that didn’t help.

As soon as I started running, the skin I rubbed raw last weekend started aching. A few miles in and I just knew I wasn’t up to the full distance and decided to just do the shorter route (that was supposed to be a 5K but measured at four miles.) Even that was just so slow and hot and tough with the hills and the humidity.

I’m not going to lie, I’m really disappointed that I didn’t do the whole distance.  But not every run is fun or easy even though sometimes it looks like it is. Sometimes it’s hard and painful and just leaves you feeling like a hot, sweaty disgusting pile of crap like today did for me.

There’s nothing else to do except just write it off and keep going. Not every run is going to go well, but not every run will be terrible, either. I just have to take the bad with the good and learn from this and keep going.

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