My intent was to run three miles on the treadmill; strong, swift and without my shoes.
I stopped at 1.2 miles however and turned the machine off. I just didn’t have it in me. The run felt way too forced, and I felt weak and clumsy (which could lead to disaster if running on a treadmill).
We’ve heard that there is no such thing as a bad run. We know that the miles logged teach countless life lessons…But we must also appreciate the fact that all runs are not created equal.
I cut my run short but didn’t feel bad about it. I didn’t feel guilty. Or upset. Or off-track. I wasn’t going to beat myself up, call the run a failure or go sulk in a corner.
It is what it is.
Someone once told me that “second chances are fabulous.” And I believe that.
So I ran again that night and kicked out more miles on the treadmill; strong, swift and without my shoes.
When you are less than pleased with a run – whether it be on the treadmill or road; short or long distance – how do you deal with it? What do you tell yourself? How do you attack your next run?