14 Dec

One of the things that frustrates me most about running is how damn unpredictable it can be.  Yesterday was a bad run.  Just bad.  For absolutely no reason whatsoever.

Temperature was around 45*, the sun was shining without a cloud in the sky – it was essentially a picture perfect winter day for Upstate New York.  There was a light wind, about 10mph – nothing earth shattering.  And for whatever reason, it just aggravated me.

Every direction I turned, it seemed like the wind was ever present.  Couldn’t get a tailwind to save my life.  The more I couldn’t escape it, the more it irritated me.

Then I started imagining my shins hurting.  And my breathing was getting heavier.  And I just. Hated. Running.


Aggravated runner is aggravated … err … unimpressed.

So I cut the planned 6 miles short to finish with 3.5 on the day.  A measly 3.5.  Then, I collapsed in the backseat of my car in a highly dramatic fashion and pouted for a minute or two.  Which made me feel even more awful, until I soothed my sorrows with some Breckenridge Christmas Ale at the end of the day.  But I digress.

I went into today’s lunch run absolutely dreading it.  The weather was pretty much identical conditions to yesterday, but a slightly stronger wind.  I expected to be slightly more aggravated by it.

Somehow, someway … magic happened.  Holding an 8:10 pace was happening naturally, my shins felt fine, breathing was controlled, everything was just a little bit shinier.

I really have no explanation.  Running confuses me.  But I guess I’m happy for the absolutely shittastic runs because they make the good ones that much sweeter.


4 Responses to “Unpredictable”

  1. Mary December 15, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    You’re right – you have to have some bad runs in there so that you appreciate the good ones.

  2. Brittany December 15, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    I hate the bad runs and LOVE the good ones!! Just gotta keep running!

  3. michads December 15, 2012 at 4:51 am #

    We all have those days. Funny how something so “simple” as running could be so difficult to understand.

  4. 26dot2withToddler December 16, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    “absolutely shittastic” happens.

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