So, last night’s run was THE WORST EVER.
It actually started out fine – I chatted with a friend on the treadmill next to me for the first mile or so, and was totally impressed with myself for being able to (somewhat) carry on a conversation while running. And then I started to feel like shit. It was like I had never run before in my life – my legs felt like lead, it hurt to breathe, I was huffing and puffing even though I slowed to a pace nearly 30 seconds slower than I normally run. I quit after three miles, and was so mad at myself as I walked out to my car that I almost started crying. Then I called my mom and had this conversation, which explains where I get my dramatic flair:
Me: Have you ever had a terrible run for no reason? I just did and I’m about to cry.
Her: Don’t feel bad. One time I actually sat down right on the dirty trail and told your dad I was never running again.
Me: We are lame.
I know every runner has bad days, but this was the first time I have literally felt like I could not run another step without collapsing. I’m still not sure if quitting was the right move … I know I can move my long run to Saturday and still get all my mileage in this week, but I feel like maybe I should have pushed myself through it. Has anyone else struggled with this? I’d love to hear what you do when you have a terrible run/workout.