Well that could have been worse


Kate is from Sydney, Australia, and fell in love with running in 2012 when she decided, for no particular reason that she can remember, to run a marathon. That one goal turned into a love affair with running that keeps her sane during the day, and fuels the blog at night.

  • http://jillconyers.com Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness

    I commented on Lea’s blog that I’m the self proclaimed morning workout queen. My favorite time is 5:00 a.m. It’s when I feel the best.

    Bad race? We’ve all been there and it seems that nothing except time helps. When my running feels sluggish I do an extra day or 2 of speed work at the track. My favorite run of the week!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      I have to agree that speed work is pretty excellent! And 5am. Wow. I thought my 6am starts were hard-core ;-)

  • http://www.runwiki.org Lisa @ RunWiki

    So sorry you were feeling off and did not get that PB. I have had many bad races too. It could have been weather, nutrition, sleep, so many different possibilities. Sometimes, you just have an off day and there is no reason, doesn’t mean a thing though, you have that PB in you, you just need to go right back to your training, you will get there, this I know for sure and when you do we will all be cheering at our computers for you!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      You know, I feel a bit silly looking back. In the end, it wasn’t bad at all. I’ll update on it tomorrow, but after the 2 sub 45-ers, I came 3rd in my division. Crazy.

      Thanks so much Lisa!

  • http://fightingforwellness.wordpress.com Caroline

    Bad races are definitely disappointing. I ran a very disappointing 5k two weeks ago, and for the next week I beat myself up about it. I lost enjoyment of training. Then, on a run last weekend, I gave myself a lecture. I realized I was overgeneralizing, feeling like this one race was going to become a pattern for the rest of my races this year. The thing is, if I think like that, I’m likely to fulfill that belief. Challenge the distorted thoughts about your running, and know that you will have great races again!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      I’m so sorry about your not so great 5km. You’re absolutely right about it being mental. Thank you so much, and thanks for the comment!

  • http://mom2marathon.com/blog/ Lisa (Mom to Marathon)

    I think I am the queen of bad races. For some reason, I think I build them up and the anxiety ends up getting to me. My last bad race was a marathon and I knew it was bad half way in. I probably should have taken the cutoff for the half marathon, but I never would have forgiven myself.

    What I have learned is the shake it off and move forward. Dwelling on my bad races has never helped me. The good news is when you get there, the feeling will be that much better…I promise. Good luck!
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  • http://Mommiesrun.blogspot.com Cecilia @MommuesRun

    I am a firm believer in the fact that sometimes you have to have a bad run in order to have a good run. Just learn from it and move on! I loved Running for Dummies post. I need to take her advice to heart!

    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      I like that philosophy! The good ones feel great because the bad ones happened. Thanks Cecilia!

  • http://www.runningfordummies.net Lea@RunningforDummies

    Sorry you had a bad race! It can be so disappointing, but I’m sure you will keep chasing your PR and will achieve it soon! Every race can’t be a great one! (p.s. thanks for the shout out – REALLY appreciate it)
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  • http://www.lisathevegetarian.com Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian

    You certainly pushed through a lot of obstacles and still finished! I consider that a huge victory. I really love to get my workouts out of the way first thing in the morning, but I HATE waking up early. I have to decide on a day by day basis which side of that battle is going to win out!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks so much Lisa. I know what you mean – I want to get them out of the way but waking up and getting going is excruciating!

  • http://www.everybitcount.com robyn

    Sorry it wasn’t a great run for you although I still think your time is pretty good. It is hard when your legs feel sluggish, maybe it was just a bad day? Maybe you are doing too much running and need to cycle too – lol:) ?? A bit of yoga perhaps? I bet the next one is great though! I get up early 6 days a week….sometimes it is HARD and most times it is just part of the routine;) it helps to go to bed super early.

  • http://backatsquarezero.com Abby @ BackAtSquareZero

    I have had many bad races lately, the thing to remember is that you will have good races also!
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  • http://mommyrunfast.com Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    Ugh, sorry about the awkward afternoon yesterday… not fun at all. And I completely agree with Abby- there are good races and bad ones, hopefully the next one is better!
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    • http://www.runwithkate.com Kate

      Thanks Laura!

  • http://livefromlaquinta.com Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I really think that 10k is one of the hardest distances to race. You really have to go “balls to the wall” the whole time and it is tough. Sorry that you weren’t happy with your race. I’m sure there are better races ahead for you.

    I have been getting up early to train for so long that it is natural for me. Living where I do, you have to run early or you don’t run at all in the summer. When I was seriously training for marathons, my husband and I would get out at about 4:00 in the morning so that we could run 12 mile or so before work. I’m not quite that bad now, but I still like to get out between 5 & 6 on weekdays (and on weekends too in the summer).
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