This past week we became of family of five again for a few days, this made running barely possible and blogging impossible. Four women in the house and the noise level and constant chatter makes thinking tricky! Middle Madam is off to Australia for a year, so was down for a farewell visit and Big Madam joined us for a few days.
We had a great few days, reminiscing and catching up before sending both on their way.
I joined the club on Sunday morning (before anyone else got up) and managed 10 miles. It was nice to run a long run with company for a change.
Monday night I snuck away for the club run, but should have stayed in as we got drenched. At one point the rain eased, but then a car went through a puddle soaking us all again, that was not even close to being funny! Madam was at home with her sisters which was just as well, she would have been mortified that I stripped down to my sports bra in the car park to put something warm and dry on before getting in to the car. She would have been even more horrified that I could not get my hoody on my wet body and had to sidle in the car, turn the light off and wrestle in to the warmness! So glad to be home that night.
That is it I am afraid, for this week except of course for todays parkun which saw us pitch up at Exeter for a change, but the least said about my performance the better!
So that’s you all caught up.
I have been trying to catch up on a pile of running magazines and came across a really good article in Runner’s World, an article written for me. It is about bouncing back after a poor race performance, oh and I need to bounce back big time. Here is what I have learned
- ‘A bad race is an opportunity to gather information, learn and improve’ mmmm there must be easier ways of doing this rather than run a bad 26.2 miles
- It’s normal to feel disappointment (thank god) and healthy to express them BUT (and this is the worrying part) the grieving stage must not linger, as this lowers confidence. (Makes sense)
- I need to regain my emotional balance (?) to do this I need to evaluate what happened and why I am upset. Am I embarrassed by how others view my performance, did I take shortcuts in the training (NO), upset at Mother nature (oh yes)
- Dissect the race. Separate what I could control (pace) with what I could not (soul-destroying route) Write about my experience (check!)
- Move forward (trying) Sign up for the next race but make it independent from the bad one, have a break from racing for a bit until you miss it.
So that is me trying to go through the list, get back to running and find my speed. Bouncing back slowly. T I double G ER!