This morning I started my day with a level 2 30 Day Shred workout. Next week I plan to go back up to level 3, and then will probably continue to do the level 3 workout in the future.
As I was driving during work today, I got to thinking about my weekend. I had a really enjoyable weekend and I was trying to pinpoint why that was. Barry and I enjoyed a low-key weekend at home, both of us were off work, and it was very relaxing. While those are all great things, I still didn’t feel like that was the main reason. And then I thought of Saturday’s long run.
The run went really well, I felt great, and I loved being back at an old trail. I think this definitely contributed to the enjoyable weekend. Which got me thinking. Does my long run dictate my weekend? I’m not talking about a time commitment, because we all know we’ve based our weekend plans on when we’ll get our long run done. I’m talking about the quality of my long run dictating how the rest of my weekend will go.
I haven’t paid attention to it in the past, but I’m pretty sure there have been bad weekends that started off with a tough or less-than-ideal long run. Is it possible that I allow one two hour chunk of my Saturday morning affect the rest of my weekend? Absolutely. That Saturday morning long run is kind of the kick off to my weekend, so I think this makes sense. It sets the tone.
The strange thing is I don’t think races have the same negative effect on my weekend. Sure, when I run a PR it bolsters the excitement of the weekend (especially if Barry also PR’s!). And if I’m on pace to run a PR and then the race comes up short (ahem.. 2012 Drumstick Dash 5K that was 2.88 miles. I’m still bitter…) I’m not happy and I will continue to talk about it months later.
But if I have a bad race, I just kind of move on with a “you’ll get ’em next time” attitude. I may feel down about the race, but I usually keep that to myself, and still enjoy the rest of my weekend.
|Smiling, despite having just run a PW.
Partly because I’m happy to be with friends.
I’m not sure why I don’t have the same approach when it comes to my long run, but it definitely has a strong effect on the rest of my weekend.
Does your long run dictate your mood for the weekend?
What day do you typically do your long run?
How do you handle a race that doesn’t go as planned?