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Runner's World Magazine: How did you rebound from your worst race? (Read 226 times)

ClaraRW


    For an upcoming article, Runner's World is looking for stories about how you dealt with your worst race or a discouraging key workout.  What happened at the race or during the workout? How did you rebound well from a race like that? What did you learn from it?  Share your story below, and we'll contact you if we are interested in hearing more.

      For an upcoming article, Runner's World is looking for stories about how you dealt with your worst race or a discouraging key workout.  What happened at the race or during the workout? How did you rebound well from a race like that? What did you learn from it?  Share your story below, and we'll contact you if we are interested in hearing more.

       

      I just ran again the next day, and the day after, etc.

      It's easier to rebound from your worst race than from your worst meal.

         

        I just ran again the next day, and the day after, etc.

         

        ^This, after first taking a week off because I couldn't actually walk.

        Dave

          I had a horrible cross country race in high school where my legs and arms felt like lead weights and my heart rate was way to high for my pace. I had been to the doctor the week before and they said I had iron deficiency anemia and gave me an iron supplement to take which provided 2000% of the daily recommended value. The first time I took it was the day of the race and that was a huge mistake. After the race I figured that this was the cause as I had never felt that bad before and that was the only difference. I was only 115 pounds at the time and was basically overdosing on iron. After the race I gave my body some time to work the excess iron out and then got my own iron supplement with a modest 60% daily value and was able to race well the rest of the season. My lesson learned was to never experiment with your nutrition on race day!

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            RW, eh?...so, I cooked up some superfood (likely quinoa and whatever exotic fruit that’s in exactly no grocery stores), then I repeated an empowering mantra, bought hundreds of dollars worth of snazzy running gear, picked a plan, signed up for a charity race in a far off locale, drew inspiration from some imprisoned terminally ill running dogs, cross trained the heck out of the latest cross training trend, and had a hell of a race the next time out.

            Come all you no-hopers, you jokers and rogues
            We're on the road to nowhere, let's find out where it goes
            cookiemonster


            Connoisseur of Cookies

              RW, eh?...so, I cooked up some superfood (likely quinoa and whatever exotic fruit that’s in exactly no grocery stores), then I repeated an empowering mantra, bought hundreds of dollars worth of snazzy running gear, picked a plan, signed up for a charity race in a far off locale, drew inspiration from some imprisoned terminally ill running dogs, cross trained the heck out of the latest cross training trend, and had a hell of a race the next time out.

               

              Don't forget about the "Best 5K EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!" training plan.

              ***************************************************************************************

               

              "C" is for cookie.  That's good enough for me.


              Menace to Sobriety

                I ran a worse one the next weekend, thereby raising the status of my previous "worst" race to "second worst" race.

                Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go f*** himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.

                  I drank two cups of coffee, which a recent study shows makes you 50% less likely to be suicidal.


                  Needs more cowbell!

                    I stopped running marathons (though I went through that stupid hell 3x before wising-up and vowing to not endure any more of that kind of stupid).

                    I shoot pretty things! ~

                    '14 Goals:

                    • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

                    • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)

                      Worst race was a Half Marathon I did last year when it was very humid out.  I ran a PW of 2:15:00.

                       

                      I solved it by driving up to Philly, PA and running another one 2 weeks later:  PB (at the time) of 1:55:27.

                       

                      IE.   Best way to rebound from a bad race?  Assuming you trained well, just run another soon after.  :-)    Or like Craig said above, if you do even worse, it'll knock your previous 'worst' race right out of your memory.

                        You'll either do well and feel better, or you will do worse, and it will replace that previous 'worst race ever'.  It's a win-win.   Undecided Approve

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                      The Plan (big parts)→  /// April:  Hampton, VA 24 Hour Run for Cancer (PR 80 Miles) ///  Nov:  New York Marathon  ///  Dec:  Seashore State Park 50K  ///  ∞


                      Am I there yet?!?!

                        Heavy  HEAVY rationalization.  Would've had a faster time if it was cooler. (Bored the tears out of everyone in earshot with rants about the weather.)

                        Then I bored me.

                        Then back to training.  I have a marathon to run in November.

                        Madison Marathon 11/10/2013    5:05:50
                        Biggest Loser Half Marathon 2:17:49
                        Next races: Chicago Marathon 5:30:16
                                            Madison Marathon 11/9/14
                                            Madison-MiniMarathon Aug. 2015

                          Who says I've rebounded?

                          Runners run.

                            I'm surprised RW would ask this. Don't you just recycle  old stories from past issues?

                            Julia1971


                              I'm surprised RW would ask this. Don't you just recycle  old stories from past issues?

                               

                              +1.

                               

                              When I have a spectacularly bad race, I go back and re-read an article you all published back in June 1997 titled, "Bouncing Back: Ten Ways to Rebound from a Bad Race" by Mark Will-Weber.  I would love it if you all would just upload this article to your website.  I've wanted to link to it several times when people have had bad races.  My favorite advice is the first item - "Look to Steve Scott".  His rule was to give himself an hour, 2 hours tops to be upset about a race.  2 hours is too short for me so I give myself 24 hours.  Smile  The other steps were: investigate why you had a bad race (thanks to RA, I can go back through my log and make some guesses), set more realistic goals, take a break from running, try something new, do something other than marathons if that's been your focus, race in a different city if you're hung up on a rival, get a coach, do mental training, and get a handle on your nerves.

                              You're too strong not to keep on keepin' on. - The Pips
                              Yes, I am! - Gladys Knight


                              Not dead. Yet.

                                When I have a spectacularly bad race, I go back and re-read an article you all published back in June 1997 titled, "Bouncing Back: Ten Ways to Rebound from a Bad Race" by Mark Will-Weber.  

                                 

                                That is too funny, but don't tell me you actually have the paper issue from 1997!  I found the abstract, but it doesn't contain all the details you referenced...

                                How can we know our limits if we don't test them?

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