Reflections on a Bad Run

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Now that I’ve had a few hours to decompress from my bad run, I realize that it’s really part of a larger issue:  I’ve hit the Week 6 Slump.


Since July 26, I’ve run 175.09 miles, 67.04 of which were in the last month and 26.1 were in the last week.  I’m entering Week 6 of my Marathon Training, and I think it’s natural to hit an emotional wall around this time.


The race seems so far away (it’s in January), and there’ still so many weeks left in training.   It’s normal for me to experience some peaks and valleys during training.  I don’t need to freak out over one slow, crappy run.  I just need to breathe.


I’m going to choose to focus next week on a short-term goal:  the Miracle Miles 15K, which is on Saturday!


I ran Miracle Miles in 2007 and 2008.  Last year, I finished the course in 1:27:15, and although my new 15K PR is 1:23:30, I’m looking to (in the very least) set a new course record for Miracle Miles.


Miracle Miles is also the first race I ran with Meghann!


To help me get over the Week 6 Slump, I’m going to try to stop thinking about "Marathoning" and just focus on this race.  I love Miracle Miles and know it will be a blast!


Dinner was a platter of fruits, veggies, hummus, and chips:


I was pretty full from lunch, but this was just what I was craving.


Have a WONDERFUL night!



  • arunningstart September 20, 2009, 5:46 pm

    This was the first week I calculated my miles run in a week (17) and it really helped me see what I've accomplished. Your mileage since June is fantastic!! What a motivation. I'm going to keep tracking these miles so that a few months from now I can have that kind of information to look back on. That's got to feel great – what an accomplishment. Yeah Caitlin! 🙂

  • arunningstart September 20, 2009, 5:46 pm

    Correction – since July! Wow that's even more amazing 🙂

  • Kate September 20, 2009, 5:48 pm

    Great idea! The marathon is such a big undertaking it is great to find ways to keep motivated!

  • Food Makes Fun Fuel September 20, 2009, 5:58 pm

    You've run so much, amazing job! Don't hit the wall, break through it.

  • Mica September 20, 2009, 6:01 pm

    I bet January will sneak up on you in no time. I was just telling Harrison the other day that each week, the miles seem to pile on so quickly, but in the end, you'll spend four months of your year training for this marathon-thang. It's intense!

  • Bec September 20, 2009, 6:05 pm

    Glad you are focusing on getting excited for 15 miles 🙂 I can't wait to read your race cap next saturday

  • Liz September 20, 2009, 6:10 pm

    That's smart of you to look towards the short term goal of the 15k instead of the big picture of the marathon. Keep positive!

  • Jenna September 20, 2009, 6:12 pm

    Focusing on smaller goals makes things always seem much more attainable. That is a great idea and reminder for all of us, thanks Caitlin. 🙂

  • Samantha September 20, 2009, 6:15 pm

    My old marathon coach used to try and keep his runners' programs at 13 weeks or less to help prevent burnout.

    Good luck and have fun this weekend!

  • Meghann September 20, 2009, 6:15 pm

    I <3 you!

  • inmytummy September 20, 2009, 6:24 pm

    I know how much it sucks when you have a bad run, but sometimes it just happens and then the next run is great.

    Marathon training can be emotionally draining as well as physically. You seem to have a good attitude about it though so I think you will do well.

  • Ashley Lauren September 20, 2009, 6:33 pm

    Great perspective! 🙂

    I just started, and finished Twilight today. I'm a little late, but officially obsessed. Stopping to get book two after work tomorrow!!

  • Lizzy September 20, 2009, 6:45 pm

    sometimes a bad run is just a way to get back to the grind. your doing awesome, and just take one day at a time!

  • Jenna September 20, 2009, 7:02 pm

    love the dinner platter caitlin!
    just forget about the race this morning and move on 🙂

  • Meg September 20, 2009, 7:07 pm

    You should be proud of how many miles you've run. Today and every day before that. It's impressive.

    I can barely run one. Trust me, 13in any amount of time is amazing. A lot of people wouldn't even attempt it.

  • Rosey Rebecca September 20, 2009, 7:21 pm

    Glad you're feeling better! You're going to have an awesome time at the race!

  • greensandjeans September 20, 2009, 8:10 pm

    Training is hard! Every coach I've ever had in any sport has made the point that training for anything is at least 90% mental. In the immortal word's of Tom Hanks in "A League of Their Own," "It's the hard that makes it great."

  • Nicci@NiftyEats September 20, 2009, 8:18 pm

    I think you will have a great race,hope you come out of that slump fast. Enjoy the rest of Sunday.

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie September 20, 2009, 9:03 pm

    I told my (runner/ triathlete/ marathoner) husband how much you have ran lately, and what you are running now, even though your race is not until Jan. and he said "Wow". I think it is pretty "wow" too 🙂

  • Taylor September 21, 2009, 12:05 am

    You have such a great attitude. Sometimes we hit slumps and wonder why we're running this distance and where it's getting us. Keep you goals in sight, and focus on the short term. You have the right idea!!

  • audgepodge September 21, 2009, 4:20 am

    Oh, wow, just noticed that you are training for Disney – I'll be there, too! I ran the Disney marathon in 2008 and in 2010 I'll be doing the Goofy challenge (yikes!)

    Maybe we should have a blogger meet up! 🙂

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal September 21, 2009, 4:51 am

    I think it's a great idea to focus on the 15K instead. If you focus on that until it gets here, you'll be out of week 6! And you're right, January is a long time away, and it can seem daunting to have a goal that far out.

  • seesaraheat September 21, 2009, 6:13 am

    What a great idea! When I was training for my first half, the task did seem daunting. But we have a thing here called the "triple crown" which is a 5k, 10k and 10-miler, all two weeks apart and leading up to the half marathon. Focusing on each individual race kept me from getting too stressed about the half. So I'm sure that will work for you as well! Have fun 🙂

  • Stacey September 21, 2009, 6:19 am

    I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of training for my first marathon. I chose an 18-week training plan and am starting Week 16 today…and it's finally a bit much. I'm ready to do it; completed the 20-miler on Friday and am ready for the real deal.

    Keep up the good work, you'll get there!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels) September 21, 2009, 6:28 am

    Caitlin – you are so positive. You never let yourself wallow for too long, you just have a bad day, let yourself have your bad day, and then move on. I wish I could be like that all the time, I tend to let things nag on me even weeks later 🙁

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance September 21, 2009, 12:36 pm

    Can't wait for Miracle Miles!!! Me & a fellow co-worker/friend will be running the 5K as we just did not feel we were ready for the 15K but we will be next year! Hope to see you there and GOOD LUCK! You will do great, I know it! =) Laura

  • Stephanie September 21, 2009, 12:39 pm

    I know how it is to have a bad run and let it get you down but when I have those runs I try to remind myself that I am so lucky to be able to run because I have been on the other end of it too many times where I cannot run because of an injury and I will take a bad run anyday over not being able to run. And I know you have been there too. Try to remind yourself that next time you feel less than stellar on a run. This is your dream. Enjoy it. (advice I also need to take!)

  • Katy Hill September 21, 2009, 5:47 pm

    I am running the 5k!! 🙂 It's my first 5k..I am friends with Lindsay(Mrs.LC) she told me she knew some people running it. I am guessing it will be crazy but maybe I will see you at the post-run festivities! 🙂

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