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2/2/13 9:27 P

Even professional runners have bad runs. It's called "bonking," and it happens to all of us. The best thing you can do is 1) not beat yourself up over it in the least, and 2) consider if any factors within your control could have contributed to it (for instance, I've learned that drinking any soda before a run destroys me, as does eating too many high fiber foods--but I still have crappy runs for no reason at all once in a while).

But seriously, remember that it is just one run. The more you make running a habit, the more the occasional bad run will pale in comparison into the many normal runs you'll end up having. It's great that you finished and you'll probably feel better next time.

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2/2/13 7:52 A

It happens!!! And the most important thing is you finished. My running has been sluggish and slow for the last year. I have gotten my worst times in every distance I run. Oh well. :-)

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2/1/13 6:52 P

When I was younger I had problems with this all the time but for some reason I have gotten better with age. If I really tired I will try something differnet to improvise such as SP cardio videos just going up and down stairs quickly, jump rope, use mini-trampoline or just relax and wait till a better day arrives!

Edited by: BARBANNA at: 2/1/2013 (18:58)
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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/1/13 6:44 P

It happens. Just shake it off. Could be you are fighting off illness, bad night's sleep, not enough food or carbs, overtraining. Who knows. One bad run is no reason to despair. Do you have any theories? Maybe take an extra rest day and see what happens on your next outing.

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2/1/13 6:40 P

Just be thankful that you were able to get out and jog/run. I am dealing with some health issues and I cannot run at this time. I can only walk.

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SPYDEZRA Posts: 88
2/1/13 4:11 P

I have days like that a lot.. it's so frustrating! Not sure how often you run, but sometimes my body gets worn out due to overtraining, so when I have a bad day, I usually take the next day off from exercising or do something easier, like a leisurely-paced walk. You should be proud that you made it 4.5 miles and didn't just throw in the towel when you got tired! emoticon

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2/1/13 2:43 P

nice work finishing it..........we all have those days. I have them where my mind is all ready to run and my body says no way......so my workout is not as good.

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2/1/13 2:00 P

That happened to me on Wednesday...my body was just so sluggish and it took me 26 minutes to finish 2.2 miles. I was exhausted from the night before (went to a concert) and I was slowly getting sick, so that's probably why I didn't have a great run. But don't worry about it, everyone has their good days and bad days when it comes to running!

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2/1/13 1:59 P

Ick. We all have bad days; the important thing is that you went 4.5 miles, which is fantastic! You finished the run, which is better than giving up!

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BUTTERFLIBEAUTY Posts: 113
2/1/13 1:55 P

Not really looking for advice, more just wanting to vent. I had to slow down my run to a jog today. I started out strong but my body and mind failed about half way through. I did manage to finish my 4.5 miles but it took much longer than usual. Kinda bummed about it. *sigh*

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