Do I Need a Bad Run?

One of the sayings about marathon training is that you will have a bad run in there.  One of your long runs will go terribly and it will make you doubt that you can do it.

I’m not sure I’ve had a truly bad run yet, and it scares me.  Does that mean it’s still ahead of me?  I have an 18 miler and a 20 miler left.  Is one of them going to be awful and painful?  And if they both go well, will the marathon be awful?

Honestly, I’m pretty convinced that 26.2 miles is gonna hurt.  No way around that one.  6-7 hours of running?  Yeah, it won’t be pretty.

But so far, my training has been going surprisingly well.  Last weekend’s 14 miler didn’t feel great but I didn’t prepare properly.  Since it was a stepback week for me, in my brain, this was a short run.  But 14 miles isn’t a short run for my body.  Not at all.  Until I started training for this marathon, I had never run a training run longer than 10 miles, and only hit 13 miles when I raced.  So instead of preparing properly and making sure that my meals the day before were good fuel, I just went about life not thinking about the run the next day.  I was properly hydrated, but that’s about it.

And the run went about as well as expected.  Time wise, it was fine.  I was right on pace.  But it just felt rough.  And I think it was a good lesson.  I have to remember to prepare the day before the marathon.  That’s going to be hard since I will be at Walt Disney World.  My plan for the day is to get up early and go cheer on the half marathoners (including my parents, my sister, many friends and even my dentist!) and then go to breakfast with friends.  After that, I plan to be lazy.  Much sitting around, no park going at all.  Lots of hydrating and eating good food and getting ready for the next day.

I’m still struggling to believe that this is real.  Mentally, I’m not ready for the race.  I can’t visualize it yet.  Soon enough though.  Soon enough.

2 thoughts on “Do I Need a Bad Run?

  1. I was just thinking this the other day actually. I haven’t had a “bad” long run yet and I have the same ones left that you do. I too am worried that this weekend will be absolutely horrible or the race will be. I feel confident right now and I don’t want a bad run to knock my confidence. I’m trying not to psych myself out about it so maybe that’s part of it? I’m trying to just take it day by day, run by run.

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