Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bad Days, Bad Runs

It is always interesting how running, like most things in life, Ryan Secrest sets all the trends is all mental.

I haven’t read blogs, posted a new blog, or responded to any personal email for 5 days. That is a long time. It has been years since it has been that long**. Unfortunately, the reason why is my own fault. Things at work got busy, very busy. I got lost in the details and took my eyes off of the end goal – I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. Even though it was only for a second (2-3 days) it had serious ramifications. Fortunately, I was called out on it - however the damage was done. Weekend work was required by myself and my team but we are now where we need to be. Problem solved, won’t happen again. P.E.R.I.O.D.

Amongst my work, I’m mostly getting my runs in……but they haven’t been good. This is due to a mix of stress, irregularity (due to stress), and lack of sleep. Saturday was a 19 miler that was a struggle. I managed a 8:15 pace, however I was targeting a 8:00 pace and the run felt like marathon pace. The issue? My mind. While I run, I very rarely think. While running I’m really good at turning my mind off and focusing on the task at hand. Much like while I am watching Cougartown, running is my own time to turn my brain off and NOT think.

When I am stressed, my mind races while I run. Does that happen to everyone else?

Fortunately, I’m in taper. I need to get in the miles, not get soft, and make sure I am well rested and fueled. The stress of life will make this difficult, but I will get it done. 6 months of training counts on it.

In closing, since this was a bit of a downer post, I leave you with this picture of my cousin (in law) working. I suppose it could always be worse, right? Although, this would free up some time during the day…..

**That’s what she said

20 comments:

Chad said...

Your 6 months of training doesn't "count on" your race performance. Instead, your 6 months of training guarantees your race performance. There's little you can do right now to affect your race. Go get that PR.

I'll be here at my desk, pooping at will.

Jamoosh said...

WhenIgetstressedmymindalwaysraces,butnotsomuchwhenIrun.

C2Iowa said...

It is our poops, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.

Peter Ustinov

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

the worst time for me is sleep, usually during a run I can try to focus on a song or just run through my list of all the things I am thankful for... unless I'm ticked off then yes I just rumminate

Teamarcia said...

Running, not running, asleep or not, my mind is pretty much always racing. Didn't you just run a marathon?

Adrienne said...

I solve the worlds problems while running so I don't know what it's like to focus on the important stuff.

Matty B. said...

To start: That's a badas$ photo of your brother in law. I hope he wasn't just posing for the picture. The problem with those seats (I imagine) is that you poo and then you're sitting on top of it. It feels like making it to the toilet is the better option...

Work SUCKS. I hope your hard work is worth it in the end.

Have a great night, Adam!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

Don't be too hard on yourself! it's called ebbs and flows of life baby...right?

and does your cousin know you have this pic of him posted here?? still chucklin'...

Alma said...

nice pic! be sure to get some rest. stress hormones will wreck havok on your body...hope that doesn't stress you out :( drink wine. that always helps me :)

Zaneta said...

haha, that picture is great! working on a portable toilet... what a concept! Hopefully things get better for you and you are no longer stressed! :)

Her Name is Rio said...

When I saw the title of your post, I immediately thought of your GI issues. Take care of yourself! Sounds like taper time couldn't come at a better time for you.

Chris K said...

Look, life happens. Don't stress if you can't read Blogs or emails. The sun will come up tomorrow. After your race, you better rest very very hard my friend. I insist.

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Wow, imagine how much work I could get done with a chair like the one your cousin is sitting on?

Dude, your goal workout pace IS my marathon pace...or at least I hope so. Will see in a few weeks. This week is my last long run before I start my taper next week.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Cool, the new SUAR office chair!

ShutUpandRun said...

I could use that chair. Can you ask your BIL if I can borrow it? Going to the crapper on crutches sucks. Sorry about your stress. And sorry it is invading your runs. Trust your training. You have put in your miles and your time. Don't let your mind get the best of you. Do it for your baby (DIFYB)!

RunningLaur said...

Chad is right, no matter what you do no (aside from, like, breaking your leg) what you do now doesn't matter. Try to roll with the stress and eat lots of ice cream - it worked for my marathon PR!

Luke said...

It took me several minutes to realize the point of the picture. Now I think I am having a bad day.

Glenn Jones said...

Looks like you cousin (in law) has the perfect World of Warcraft or Internet Poker setup....

The Sean said...

I use my running to think and not to think... I could do those things all day.

Have your plans set for helping the new mommy out as well...

kilax said...

I hope things get better and you don't have any more of these mentally tough runs!

If I am stressed I have to work really hard at making the run make me feel better. I can usually get it to work, but that's the thing - it's work!