What to do?

I just a horrific run. One of those runs where you feel like a failure and consider quitting the sport altogether.

It was a gorgeous sunny day, and I think that’s where the trouble started. It was 27 degrees of dry heat, and us Brits just aren’t prepared for that kind of weather. And then there are my muscles- they just had nothing in them today. I’ve been running a lot of unstructured miles just for the sheer hell of it, and I think that’s caught up with me.




And finally, I know I should be taking it easy, and allowing my body to fully recover after the marathon. But I have a slightly addictive personality and I just can’t help myself, especially when it’s so beautiful outside.

So yeah, I barely made it to the halfway point of our 10k run. And then, unsurprisingly, I barely made it back. A wee bit of a crisis ensued, as I honestly don’t know what I’m doing wrong. But that’s the thing- I don’t think it can be pinpointed; just as sometimes all the stars align and you have a perfect run, logic tells you that the exact opposite can happen too.



Oh well, another one bites the dust.

Any tips to help me get back out there? How do you know personally when you’re overdoing it?


Lots of love,



8 thoughts on “What to do?”

  1. Bad training runs happen. It’s typically not one thing but an accumulation of things that leads to a day when you just don’t have ‘it’. Whatever it is. Stress, fatigue, nutrition it all impacts performance and some days your head is in the way. All you can do is move forward. I usually remind myself after a bad one that slow miles under my heels are better than no miles.

    A note on weather. Seeing that 27 is really warm to you is interesting. That’s the average high temp here for May and we think that’s gorgeous and mild. By July the average high will be 34C. In July and August we will routinely see temps as high as 37-38C. Yes. That 100+ degrees F with high humidity. Early morning training runs are where it’s at in the late summer!


  2. Yeah, that’s just too much heat all of a sudden. Heat is a funny thing. Some people acclimatize better than others but we all need a week or two before we can function properly. I wouldn’t sweat it.


  3. Hi there, I’m Timea at Really sorry to hear about your run going pear-shaped, I’ve been there myself before and I know what it feels like. The worst thing you can do is to agonise over this too much – instead, reflect on what went wrong, what you could have done differently (e.g. drink more water, take more time to recover after your marathon etc.), remember the lesson and move on. You will be a better and wiser runner because of that. Maybe take it easy for the next week or so and do things you really enjoy doing when you are NOT running. Your body will thank you for that!


  4. If the question comes into your head ‘am I over doing it’ then you probably are. Taking a couple of weeks off won’t do you any harm and will do you a lot of good if you are😊


  5. When it’s hot, you gotta slow down. I know it’s not fun, and it sucks to go at your normal effort level and see slower paces. But you just can’t run as fast if it’s hot. Heat affects all of us, so we’re all slowing down out there. And remember that even if your paces are slower, the effort level is still there, so you aren’t going to lose any fitness from adjusting your paces in the heat.

    You could try what I’m doing this summer: run by time instead of distance. Doing this forces me to reel it in and listen to my body instead of my watch. Unlike distance, where you can speed up to get the run over with sooner, if I’m running 30 minutes I have to be out there the whole 30 minutes whether I’m running 7 minute miles or 10 minute miles, so I might as well slow down and make it manageable.

    Bad runs happen to all of us. Don’t overthink it, just get back out there and try again.


  6. That’s a warm run, especially if the temperature spike happened pretty suddenly. Don’t worry about… you’ll acclimate one way or another, whether that means you get used to the heat or just get used to running earlier. 🙂


  7. Do another activity for a while. Sleep more. Try running with or without music, whichever is the opposite of what you normally do. Have faith you’ll run well again, because you’re a runner and you will.


  8. De nada. You have probably already worked out why it was a bad run. Temperature played a large part no doubt. But also fatigue, mild injury maybe, a dollop of stress; there’s a long list of options. The bit about ‘any run is a good run’ can sometimes want to make you punch the nearest smug f**ker in the face – the kind that posts that inspirational message on their facebook page – but there is always a grain of truth in it. You learn something from it. Often more than anything you learn on a good run when all goes swimmingly. Don’t underestimate how long it takes for the body to recover from big events. Leave the watches at home for the next few weeks. Just run at an easy pace and enjoy it. Pre-hydrate, turn the brain off, and go.


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