A Rough Run is Better Than None

by Stephanie on March 6, 2014 · 0 comments

in Running

I’m a poet! (And I know it :) )

The title of this post pretty much says it all.  Last night I did the Week 3 Day 1 workout of the Couch to 5k training plan.  It was ROUGH.

Everything felt off.  I was rushing to get it done.  The gym was crowded and the 3 inches of fresh snow meant I wasn’t running outside.  I didn’t have headphones or music or TV.  My legs were tired (apparently still from Monday’s run??).  My heart wasn’t in it and my mental toughness was lacking.  The run felt awful.

BUT.  I did it.  I put in the effort.  I had the mental toughness to get myself to the gym.  That counts for something.  A lot actually!  Not every workout is going to be a good one.  Every workout does count.  Showing up is half the battle.

For Lent this year, rather than giving something up, I am working on a few practices that I think are important.  One is not being so hard on myself.  I am truly my own worst enemy and hardest critic.  I expect SO much.  It can be good when it drives me, but it can be detrimental too.  Especially when I get down on myself for not being able to do what I could at some point in the past.  Starting from scratch with my running again is so frustrating!  No point in beating myself up though.

All I can do is my best each day and each workout, where I am right now.  Sometimes it will feel amazing (like Monday) and sometimes it will feel miserable (like last night).  Either way, I’ll be patting myself on the back for doing it and I’ll keep moving forward towards my goals.

How do you react to a bad workout?


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