I have been running for quite some time, so my runs should be getting better and better with every run, right? If so, why does my run suck today? I am sure every runner has this exact same thought in the beginning of their running regime. Do not worry because you are indeed stronger and faster with every single run. There are reasons as to why you are off form certain days. Read on to find out why.
1. You Didn’t Sleep Well Last Night
Do you run and work out most days and yet you did not sleep well the night before? In this case, you shouldn’t be asking why does my run suck today? Instead, you should be asking yourself why didn’t I rest my body enough. Everyone should know that sleep is important, especially for runners because ample sleep helps your body to recover from previous runs/workouts. Basically, without proper sleep, you will FEEL that your run today sucks because your body is simply more tired. SCIENCE.
2. Your Body Has Not Recovered
More runs means more miles means better, right? This is a common mistake by beginner runners who wants to improve in a short amount of time. That’s the beauty of running, there are no short cuts and you simply have to improve step by step and with discipline. By running almost daily, you are not giving your body a chance to recover properly. On the contrary, you will find your timings getting worse and wonder why your run sucks. In this case, it is as simple as your body not in the optimal state for each run. 3 to 4 runs each week are perfectly fine for a beginner runner, don’t burn yourself out.
3. What Did You Eat Last Night?
Had a good night’s out with your friends and had a good meal? This could explain why your run sucks today. Your body works harder to digest those heavy, oily and fatty foods as compared to lighter alternatives. In some cases, such foods can also cause stomach upsets and more gas which can only make you feel more sluggish than usual during your run. Simply stick to lighter food the night before your run.
4. Have You Warmed Up?
I have explained in my previous article ‘How To Warm Up Before A Run‘ how important it is to warm up before running. Not warming up for any run can make your run feels slow because your body just wasn’t ready for it. Warming up helps prepare your mind and body ready for a run, without it, you will definitely feel as though something is missing but you can’t explain what. Not other that, warming up can help cut down the risk of injuries significantly.
5. You Are Only Running
Do you know that professional runners do not just train with runs? They mix it in with interval runs, sprints and other cross training such as swimming, weights or even yoga. Imagine running as the only exercise you do, it is no wonder you find yourself asking why does my run suck today. This is because you are doing the same thing over and over again with no changes. Sometimes, a push on your timings can make a whole lot of difference. Also, you do not have to do 4-5 types of sports to maximise your efficiency in running, a variety of 2-3 cross training are good to keep you engaged.
Do not forget, running is a sport and you are a sports person now. Even a professional footballer loses his form every now and then. Just remember this, form is temporary, class is permanent. Every bad run will be followed by a good run!
Cheers and Start Running Today