"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by jfur » Mon, 29 Mar 1999 04:00:00


Is there any reason (physiological or psychological) why some days I can
run and feel great, while others I feel like I have 10 pound weights on
my legs ??     Not only that, but some days where I think I am tired I
will surprise myself with a great run, while other days I feel great but
have a crappy run.    Does anyone have any experience like this ?
 
 
 

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by Rick Gerwi » Mon, 29 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Is there any reason (physiological or psychological) why some days I can
>run and feel great, while others I feel like I have 10 pound weights on
>my legs ??     Not only that, but some days where I think I am tired I
>will surprise myself with a great run, while other days I feel great but
>have a crappy run.    Does anyone have any experience like this ?

It's all part of the normal cycles of training stimulus and recovery.

Rick Gerwin

 
 
 

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by Sasha Pache » Mon, 29 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Is there any reason (physiological or psychological) why some days I can
> run and feel great, while others I feel like I have 10 pound weights on
> my legs ??     Not only that, but some days where I think I am tired I
> will surprise myself with a great run, while other days I feel great but
> have a crappy run.    Does anyone have any experience like this ?

A lot of times it has to do with the diet, sleep, the amount of stress
you've had that day, exposure to the heat and air polution, and other
external factors. I have tried to make sure I do not get exposed to the
negative influences that make me run not as well, and now very rarely
have bad days. When I do, it is usually because of something stupid I've
done, like getting only 4 hours of sleep for 4-5 days in a row.
--
Sasha Pachev
http://www.sashanet.com

 
 
 

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by Robert Grumbi » Tue, 30 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Is there any reason (physiological or psychological) why some days I can
>run and feel great, while others I feel like I have 10 pound weights on
>my legs ??     Not only that, but some days where I think I am tired I
>will surprise myself with a great run, while other days I feel great but
>have a crappy run.    Does anyone have any experience like this ?

  Just about all of us, I think.  I set my 5k and 4 mile PR's on days I
was just trying to finish the distances and started out feeling very sluggish.
The converse too.  This is one of the situations that I think the training
log can help.  Make note of the 'feel sluggish' and 'feel great' days
and see if there's a pattern.  (Also for whether the 'feel sluggish' ran
well anyhow.)  Any pattern is a training clue.

  The one point that occurs to me as general for 'feel sluggish, ran well'
is that when you're feeling physically not so well, you concentrate more
on your form.  Maybe more than one point.  Also you don't start out too
fast (a recurring problem of mine at races), and you _expect_ to have
to work hard to finish your normal run.  All three of these are good
things to do for a good run, but which are somehow easy to ignore when
you're feeling physically good.

--
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Sagredo (Galileo Galilei) "You present these recondite matters with too much
evidence and ease; this great facility makes them less appreciated than they
would be had they been presented in a more abstruse manner." Two New Sciences

 
 
 

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by Andrew Hei » Tue, 30 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Is there any reason (physiological or psychological) why some days I can
> run and feel great, while others I feel like I have 10 pound weights on
> my legs ??     Not only that, but some days where I think I am tired I
> will surprise myself with a great run, while other days I feel great but
> have a crappy run.    Does anyone have any experience like this ?

I think every runner experiences this. There are so many factors which
effect how we feel and how we run that particular day. From the physical to
the psychological they all add up. Best thing is to go with the flow. If you
are having a crummy run slow down and just 'get the miles' in without
suffering too much. When you are having a great run sit back and enjoy.

Andy

 
 
 

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by LT » Wed, 31 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Amen to that brother,




Is there any reason (physiological or psychological) why some days I can
run and feel great, while others I feel like I have 10 pound weights on
my legs ??     Not only that, but some days where I think I am tired I
will surprise myself with a great run, while other days I feel great but
have a crappy run.    Does anyone have any experience like this ?

 
 
 

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by Steve Isha » Thu, 01 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Let's not forget the big picture:
   Any day I can run, is a good day!

I should know, I ran as a youth & HSer, stopped in college, & started up
again some*** years later.  I now ask myself "Why did I ever quit?"

Yesterday was a good day, today will be a good day as soon as I leave the
office, throw on them shorts & lace up the Asics!

Steve

 
 
 

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by Mark Nichola » Wed, 07 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>> Is there any reason (physiological or psychological) why some days I can
>> run and feel great, while others I feel like I have 10 pound weights on
>> my legs ??     Not only that, but some days where I think I am tired I
>> will surprise myself with a great run, while other days I feel great but
>> have a crappy run.    Does anyone have any experience like this ?

I think it has a lot to do with sleeping well. If I'm lucky enough to get a
good nap in the afternoon, and a decent meal. I'll feel great when I run in
the evening.
 
 
 

"Good Days" vs "Bad Days"

Post by JJDRI » Wed, 07 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>Not only that, but some days where I think I am tired I
>>> will surprise myself with a great run, while other days I feel great but
>>> have a crappy run.    Does anyone have any experience like this ?

Andrew,
Same thing happens to me.

Jim