Well that could have been worse


Thanks so much for all your love after yesterday’s disastrous afternoon! I am as mad as a cut snake (gosh I love that expression), but whatever. It’ll be funny later.

Today, I raced. But not very well!

Early morning

An oldie – forgot my dodgy photography this morning. But this is how I must have looked!

I’ve been working on the whole 10km thing for awhile now. This year’s goal was is to get as close to a 45 minute 10km time as I can. I don’t expect to get there straight away, but with a PB of 50:20 mid last year, I was hopeful of some improvement. Especially with the brutal interval training I’ve been doing.

We runners are always trying to improve, and we expect that process to be linear, but this morning was a nice reality check for me.

Between a non-functioning Garmin, shorts in the wash, a last minute race sign-up, Friday’s 5km, yesterday’s shenanigans, and generally feeling blah over the past few weeks, I probably should have twigged that I wasn’t in top shape.

Though the knee pain, shin splints, soggy shoes and sluggish warm-up might have been a give-away.

It got stuck on 11:54pm, 16 Feb. Fail.

Today it got stuck on 11:54pm, 16 Feb. Fail.

With no watch, plan B was to find a pace that felt right, and find someone to chase. He shall now be known as visor guy. 

Visor guy beat me in the end. I had nothing left to give, and over the last 2km, he pulled away. I found him later – he ran 51:30.

These legs were not happy today. I guess that’s a sign.

I don’t know what the sign means.

Anyone else?


PS – I am getting up super early tomorrow to train. Does that ever get you guys down? Lea (Running for Dummies) wrote an awesome post on learning to train early. I’m all about it. Go check it out!


Today’s Moment

Mr The Rake and I went to see Life of Pi in 3D. Trippy.


Your Turn!

When was your last ‘bad’ race?

What do you do when your running feels sluggish?

Do you get up early to train?



  1. 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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  2. 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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    • Kate says:

      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!

  3. Caroline says:

    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!

  4. 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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  5. 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!

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. robyn says:

    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.

  9. I have had many bad races lately, the thing to remember is that you will have good races also!
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  10. 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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  11. 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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