Appreciating the obvious

Today’s run (street): 2.5

In a recent Runner’s World’s “Daily Kick in the Butt”, there was a quote that went, “Relish the bad training runs. Without them it’s difficult to recognize, much less appreciate, the good ones.” I thought about that quote on my run this morning as I made my way along my usual route. The run felt great and I could tell that I was pacing well. It was indeed a “good one.”

The trick is to have more good runs than bad ones. I can usually tell within the first 10 yards of a run whether I’m in for a good or bad experience. Sometimes I’m fooled and a good run will turn bad. I’ve had times when I felt I could run all day but, after a few miles, I was questioning whether I’d make it back home without stopping.

On the other hand, there are times when you get a “second wind” that completely changes how you feel and what you think you can do. I recall a treadmill run a few months ago, when I was self-bargaining to keep going until I hit the 35 minute mark. I had nothing left until – suddenly – I felt boundless energy. I ended up running for over an hour that day. I only stopped because I’d run out of time.

Why are some runs better than others? Sometimes it’s circumstantial. You’re tired, feeling ill, had too big a lunch, or hadn’t properly trained for the workout. Other times the cause is not so clear. While we always look for a reason when a run goes bad, we often just appreciate the ones that go really well.

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