My Hardest Long Run Yet


6 miles @ 8:35 pace on treadmill

I know I said I was going to take today off, but I felt good this morning and wanted to run. My glute felt OK, but I’m not sure if it actually was OK or if the soreness from doing too many lunges in Body Pump masked the feeling. Lets go with the former.


Ya, you read that title right. I had my hardest long run in a while on Sunday. Was a crazy tempo or pace run? Nope. Was is a super long 22 miler? Nope. It was an “easy” 10 miler. I swear I have never felt crappier than after that run. Seriously. I had a LOT of things working against me though. Let’s take a look…

1) I’ll start with the obvious. The weather. It was already 79 degrees with 90% humidity by 6AM. Nothing too new here, but of course it plays a huge role in the ease of a run. The air was so thik and by the time the sun came out it was blazing! I did try and run in the shade as much as possible and take in water at every cooler.

2) I didn’t get out as early as I wanted. I BSed around too long before starting my pre-run routine of stick rolling, leg swings and other dynamic stretches. This of course meant I spent more time in the hot sun. No bueno.

run sun

Unless I’m running in it for too long, haha.

3) This was also my first run outside since my running hiatus because of my glute. This directly correlates with the horrible weather. While I have been walking Riley regularly, that’s about the only thing I’ve been doing outside. So my previous acclimation to the heat and humidity have pretty much disappeared.

4) I needed more fuel. When you take 3 weeks off of running, you can’t still eat like you are running 60 miles a week. This is ALWAYS the hardest thing for me to do when taking a break. I am used to eating so much throughout the day, that when I have to scale it back, it’s hard. So while I ate more carbs Saturday than I have been, I don’t think it was enough and I need to readjust my eating again. and boy does that make me happy 🙂

Yes, Please!!!

This run was another reminder of how crucial proper nutrition is when running. It really is amazing how much better your body responds to the stresses of running when you give it the right fuel to work with. This deserves a post of its own, but I wanted to use this crappy run as an example of how important it really is.

5) My glute was in the back of my mind the whole time. Not only was it on my mind, it was making itself known the entire run. It didn’t hurt, but I could feel it.

Adding all those factors together made for one horrible run. I was hot, “hurt” (I use that term loosely), and not properly fueled. The presence of my glute brought on negative thoughts about being able to PR in Space Coast, which is December 1st. The last thing you need during an already bad run is a negative mentality. I swear at 8 miles if I was closer to my car, or my parents house for that matter (they live super close to the trail) I would have stopped. That says a lot, because I NEVER quit. And if course I didn’t, and I know I’m better for it. I can look back at that run while I’m racing and know I can push through it. Now I just can’t wait to have a hard run that is ACTUALLY hard, for the reasons I stated in the beginning. I love running hard!

Have you had a bad run lately?

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

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  1. Oh so sorry to hear that! It’s runs like that that make you think why we do this crazy sport haha but it’s behind you and there are better runs to come!! I think I am going to try an easy run tomorrow. My Achilles has been feeling fine and I am just dying sitting around all day!

    • Glad to hear your achilles is better! You should use your running time to do core work or upper body weights instead 🙂 Hope you get back to running soon 🙂

  2. I had a pretty bad run myself yesterday on my 14 miler. It’s my second 14 miler so i thought i would be okay. I broke at 11-i kept going but barely. I think i hit a wall! Definitely time to pay more attention to the diet.

  3. I am amazed by the nutrition aspect of my running. The smallest changes or lack of something is SO crucial! I haven’t had any really off runs in a while, but I also haven’t run anything over 8miles. Once I get back into the 10milers I pray they go well! HA!

  4. Today finally feels like fall and it is amazing! I can’t believe you did 6 on the TM. I usually get board after 2 : ) I have not had many strong runs lately and am already nervous for this weekend’s long run. I forgot how stressful marathon training can be.

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