Almost every time I start running, it sucks. Why am I so winded!? Why are my legs so heavy!? But normally, a few miles in, after I’ve warmed up, it all melts into a nice rhythm and I feel fine. But what if you feel bad and you never recover, or you start feeling worse? You’ve got a bad run on your hands, folks.
Last night was a prime example of a bad run. I started out with eight miles in mind, and the first mile sucked (normal), the next two were slightly better, and then the next two got progressively worse. I had to bag it after five miles.
I think the key indicator that it’s a bad run is the fact that you feel worse, not better. And this is also the key to injuries. If the pain doesn’t go away, stop.
I didn’t dwell on it, or even worry about it like I used to. Instead, I chose to listen to my body. These don’t happen often, but when they do, I think it’s best to surrender to the bad run. You’ll win next time. — Amie