My name is Lisa and I have skipped two races this year. The latest being yesterday–a 10K Race.
Wow. Feels better to get that off of my chest.
Why did I skip you ask? Well, a number of reasons. The first race I skipped was a 5K trail run a few days before I did that horrid Minnesota Half Marathon. My hip was so sore that I figured running on uneven trails wasn’t a good idea. I felt comfortable with that because I was sacrificing a relatively low key race for the glory of what I hoped at the time would be a PR half…oh how wrong I was. lol.
Yesterday’s skip….that was a bit more straightforward. Much like Nicole , running and I are not getting along. I’ve already mentioned the burn out and well, even though it’s getting better, I’m still dealing with it. For whatever reason, knowing I had to run a 10K felt like I was embarking on an full marathon with no training and my weird hip/groin injury. Oh the fun tricks burnout plays on your head. I woke up at 3:30am the morning of the race, with a massive migraine, which made me physically ill. Combine that with a rather chilly, downpour when I woke to actually go to the race on a day that was already going to be a bit frazzling, and I just, well, I re-set my alarm and simply went back to sleep for a few hours. I woke up feeling pain free and ready to take on the day.
Though I don’t want to make a habit out of signing up for races and not showing up, I’ve come to learn that sometimes, you need to listen to your mind and body. If they are all saying no…and it’s one of those desperate, I don’t want to do this sort of nos, then don’t do it. If’ it’s one of those, I’m just being lazy…then get your butt off the couch.
I’m trying to embrace this little rough spot in my relationship with running. I had gone more than a whole year without one (aside from my Achilles injury) and ran really strongly…despite the fact that my races haven’t turned out so well this year. Every relationship has it’s rough spots…so of course running will have one, too. Plus, these rough times, make you appreciate the really good times. I think back to how amazing and strong I felt during my Dumbo Double Dare training and the race itself…and I cannot wait to get that strength back, to feel those glorious runner highs.
In the past, these runner ruts have gotten me down, but I’m gaining more perspective and experience with each one. I’m looking at this as a key lesson my body needed a break, to avoid breaking down and I know I will come back stronger, fitter and faster….I always do.
So…if you are going through a running rut, a bad case of burnout, skipped a race or simply had a bad run, give yourself a break…it might be what you need to keep running well.