How to Bounce Back from a Bad Race Podcast #82

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Running and Eating Questions:

Monica,
I just saw your post about having had so many people tell you that they had great races this weekend. Well, I did not.
I showed up to the Wisconsin marathon (half) thinking that I’d trained strong through the winter and that this could be it, that elusive half-marathon PR I’ve been chasing for months! Well, not so much.
It ended up being 86 degrees and sunny. Our Chicago spring weather has been hovering in the 40s and 50s, so I haven’t had the chance to run in he heat since last summer. I fell apart, and it wasn’t pretty. I’m so disappointed.
My question for you is this:
How do you bounce back from a terrible race? Physically, emotionally…. How do you shake it off and move past the disappointment to get back to training for whatever is next?
Thanks, love you show,
Rita – @triruntype1

 

How to Get Past a Bad Race (800x800)

How to Bounce Back from a Bad Race:

1. Kind curiosity.

2. Just the facts.

Review the race with gentle curiosity.  Think about it like you are studying the habits of this runner (you). Don’t judge yourself. Collect whatever information is helpful… weather, fuel, elevation, health, etc.

Race Review Form – Podcast 23

3. Identify 3 things you did well and 3 things you did not do well.

Plan how you can work on the things that negatively impacted your race. Incorporate this into your next training cycle. Be specific and realistic.

4. Give yourself a pep talk!

This isn’t easy. Even the pros have bad races – it’s actually common for a pro to have a DNF. They don’t tax their body if it’s going to hurt more than help. So give yourself credit for what you did – training, showing up, trying, doing something scary, knowing when your body needed a break, etc.

5. Let it go.

Let it go.

Let it go.

Do something that will help you move on. That can be whatever works for you. Or if you’re good at letting stuff go – it can be nothing.

Here are some things that might help you let go and move forward:

Talk it out. Identify how the bad race made you feel. Say it out loud to yourself if it helps. It’s okay to be upset.

Write it down. Maybe even write down the list of things you need to work on and burn it (carefully!!!).

Imagine yourself writing it on a wall and blasting it clean with a fire hose.

Every time you start to beat yourself up or doubt your abilities tell yourself ‘Let it go’.

5. Go!

 

Best Tips for Runners Feet (800x800)

Question on how to take care of your feet via voicemail:

Hey Monica, this is Marie… I’m from the @TheLazyW in Oklahoma, and you helped me so much over the years.

My question is almost vanity question, but actually it’s functional too. I feel like I’ve learned so much about my physiology and nutrition to make me run better and make running more fun. But I feel like the more that I run the worse condition my feet are in not only that they’re not that pretty but there are many days when I feel like I could do more – like the rest of me feels strong and energetic but my feet hurt. It’s the actual skin and soft tissue that hurt. So I would love tips and  ideas of how runners to do this long term. How do runners care for their feet? 

Thank you. Hope you’re having an awesome day. Bye.

feets in macaroni

Tips on How to Care For Your Feet for Runners

Make sure you have the right shoes and socks for running.
Wear quality shoes when you’re not running. This means quality supportive shoes that don’t cause any unnecessary strain on your feet .
Put your feet up after a run. If you can’t do this use compression gear.
Soak your feet in Epsom salts. There are also special lotions that have pain relief properties.
Keep your toenails short.
Get a pedicure.
Run on soft surfaces.
Get a foot massage.
Use a trigger point or massage tool for your feet. There are also toe spacers that help stretch your feet and feel good.
Give yourself time in between running and other activities that you’re going to be on your feet a lot.

feet nail polish
little mermaid feet

My Favorite Feet Care Items for Runners:

Compression Socks – I love ProCompression socks … I don’t use the sleeves.

Sandals on a Yoga Mat – Sanuk Sandals are magic. They are basically walking on a yoga mat. Love. I love these Gladiator Style Sandals and if I wear flip-flops they’re Sanuk Flip Flops.

Hyland’s Leg Cramp Relief Lotion – Hyland’s has great Leg Cramp lotion and a few can be used on your feet too.

Hyland’s Arnica spray or tablets – Arnica is another homeopathic option for pain relief.

Tea Tree Oil Foot Soak

Foot mat with trigger point therapy – I love this but it could be painful, especially if you have sensitive feet. I like the tingly feeling but use carefully.

Get a pedicure or do a Home Pedicure with a Foot Spa like this.

Yoga Toe spacers

 

podcast question info (800x800)

Got a question?

Email me at RunEatRepeat@gmail.com with ‘Podcast Question’ in the subject line OR leave a VM on 562 888 1644

And don’t forget to share what you’re doing while you listen and tag @RunEatRepeat on Instagram!

Like @Kaysee_dubya who was doing a trail run while listening!

 

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