My topic for today is: Tips for Getting Over a Bad Race
I just returned from Florida where I ran a half marathon (and no, it wasn’t really a “bad” race.)
We have all had races that didn’t go as planned, what should we do?
- Analyze what happened BEFORE the race.
Was it your training? Were you injured or sick? Did you walk too much the day before the race? Was it what you ate?
If you can figure what went wrong before, you can avoid some of these mistakes during the next race. (Though I think I have repeated my mistakes LOL)
2. Analyze what went on DURING the race.
Was it your shoes or your outfit (over or under dressed)? Was it the weather? Was it the course? Did you go out too fast? Did you not hydrate or eat enough?
Some of things cannot be fixed. But if you can’t control these variables, such as the weather or the course, you should feel better about your race results.
3. Focus on what was GOOD about the race.
Did you meet some new runners? Did you race with friends? Was the medal awesome? Was there amazing post race refreshments? Was the course scenic?
4. Sign up for Another Race.
The quickest way to forget about a bad race is to train for another.
5. Vent to your Running Friends.
Face to face and virtually. They can relate. Your spouse or non-running friends will not understand your disappointment. But your running friends have all been there and will say the “right” thing.
Happy Running! Any other tips for recovering (mentally) from a bad race? Please Share.