Not all runs are good runs. Some just downright suck, as is the case with one of my runs this week. It started out as a run, but turned out to be more of a walk. It happens.
I can tell you the problem. It was way too hot and way too soon after eating.
If you have read this series before, you know I’m not afraid to run in the heat. In fact, I love it. I love the feeling of complete and utter exhaustion that only comes when you push yourself. And, yes, I love the sheer amount of sweat that comes with running in the heat and humidity. I know I am in the minority here. A lot of people hate to sweat, and even more, hate heat and humidity. I was recently told I am weird. Though it was an unrelated matter, it still applies. My dad told me that all the time growing up. I don’t deny it. I take pride in it.
Anyway, the heat didn’t cause me to walk my run. It was most definitely the eating thing. I know better than to run after eating like that. I ran so soon after eating because I wouldn’t run if I waited longer. Like a lot of everyday runners, I sometimes struggle with motivation to get out the door.
The point of this post is not to disgust you with my reasons for bad running mojo. My point is that we all have bad runs. Even if everything seems right with the world and all the planets are aligned and your feet feel like they have the magic in them, it can be a bad run.
And that is OK.
Oh, it is frustrating, absolutely. But, it is not the end of the world. You got out and moved. You did the best you could at the time. You know what? Even the best runners have bad days.
The good news is the opposite can also be true. You can feel like your running mojo is just not there. You might even head out with the idea of maybe running a mile or so and walking the rest. You may want to just stay on the couch but head out for a walk. Then, without warning, you’re running. Not only that, but you are running like you will never get tired and you run your best time.
When those runs happen, it is like your entire body is glowing with power and strength. You feel amazing, confident, and exuberant.
These runs make all the other runs worth it. They remind you why you run. They motivate you to continue running.
At least they do me. Here’s to capturing your running mojo.