Heading into last weekend’s 10k, my first couple weekday runs had drained my confidence. It started with a simple 3 miler. It did not go well. I felt like I was really working hard, only to finish and see my pace was way slower than my runs were the previous week.
Then the next day at my track workout, I wanted to quit after the first 400. I didn’t, but it wasn’t pretty.
So my running confidence went from high to low. But then came the next day. I met up with my friends at Thursday Night Social Run.
After a disappointing couple of runs, I figured that maybe I needed rest. My plan was to take it easy. Just jog it out and do a mini ‘taper’ for the race. Well, that didn’t happen. I got to talking to a buddy on the run, and before I knew it we were done and I had run my goal race time in our three miler jaunt.
This performance gave me the confidence I needed for the race. Just like that, I knew I’d be ok come race day. And I was! If you read that post, you saw that I PR’d (PB’d), despite a week of mostly cruddy runs.
The moral of the story is this: You can never get down because of one run/workout/day. If you have a ‘bad’ one, chances are next time will be better. There will always be off days.
Of course, there’s a lot of factors that go into this – what you ate/drank, how much you slept, weather, etc. etc. etc. etc. But if you stay diligent and consistent, then good things will happen.
How bout you? Run confidence ever shaken then restored? What snaps you out of it?