Having a Short Term Memory with Failed Workouts

Tuesday morning I had an 8 mile wave tempo (11-12 total miles). I was pumped for the workout because I LOVE wave tempos (more on these workouts in a coming post!). But after the 2 mile warm-up and then the first 2 mile wave, I didn’t feel great and decided to pull the plug.

After a crappy workout or one where it gets cancelled, I try to spend a few minutes to determine what the root cause could be. These are the questions I ask myself:

Have I drank enough water?
Have I gotten enough sleep?
Did I fuel properly yesterday/today for this run?

95% of the time, it’s one of those three things for me. If it’s not one of those, than it could be a sign of overtraining or your body needing a day off.

But after those few minutes, I forget about the workout. I move on.

Bad workouts happen. Period.

I shared this photo on Instagram yesterday and was blown away by the positive response I got.


The reality is that I often talk about feeling tired and pushing through or not having a great workout but still finishing. And that is what happens sometimes. BUT, there are days, like yesterday, where my mind wins and my body just does not want to do the workout. I wanted to share what happened because nobody will ever nail every workout and it’s misleading to only share the good.

Two years ago, I would have obsessed over every detail of the run to try to pinpoint what happened or what I could have done differently (Note: I think it’s important to try to figure out if something is off – not enough sleep, diet, overtraining – but not go nuts with trying to analyze every aspect). And I would have spent days beating myself up for stopping. And both of those would have affected my running for days, if not weeks.

These days, I’ve learned to have a short term memory when it comes to crappy or failed workouts. Because guess what? They happen. And they happen to everyone.

In the broad scheme of a training cycle, one or two missed workouts will not make or break my goal race. It will not cause me to come up short. It will not cause me to have a bad race.

And that’s how you should view your training cycle too. The accumulation of all the hard workouts help you achieve your goal. One or two missed or failed workouts will not detract from that.

Be kind to yourself. We are all juggling loads of responsibilities and running, for most of us, is not at the top of our priority list.

Hope you had an amazing week – yay for Friday! I’m looking forward to catching up on some much needed sleep this weekend! <3


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    2 thoughts on “Having a Short Term Memory with Failed Workouts

    1. Just in from a slow, frustrating slog of a 7.5 mile run myself. Ug. Oh well, I’ll crush it next time. Thank you for showing the hard work that goes into fast pace times and being so honest about the challenges.