Letting Go - How To Recover From A Bad Race Or Run

RB12: Letting Go – How To Recover From A Bad Race Or Run

How to recover from a bad race

Show Notes:

Every runner has experienced it before – you lace up your favorite running shoes, strap on your gps watch, and head out the door with thoughts of PR’s, long leisurely strides, or seamless hill repeats dancing gleefully in your head, only to find that your legs just won’t work like you want them too. Your breath is short, your legs feel like lead, the wind is working against you, and is it just you or did that sun get a lot hotter than the last time you were out?

Whether an absolute beginner or a seasoned marathoner, all runners have a bad race or run now and then. But it’s how you deal with it after the fact that really makes a difference. In today’s episode, I provide you with key tips on how to recover from a bad race or run.

In this episode:

  • The most likely reason(s) why you had a bad race or run.
  • How to tell if you’re being authentic with yourself –  Do you really know what caused the bad race or run?
  • My own story of my 3rd marathon and how I blamed my mishaps on everything but my own training.
  • Why bad runs should not always be blamed on poor training.
  • How you can avoid having bad runs.
  • How to move on from a bad run.
  • A hilarious blog post: “The 71 Stages of Running a Half Marathon with Little to No Training”


On a side note, last Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Galloway at the FitBloggin conference, where I presented on podcasting with co-presenter Adam Bate from the Lifestyle Accountability podcast. Here is a picture of Jeff and I just before our run around Savannah:

Jeff Galloway and Steve Carmichael at FitBloggin










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How to recover from a bad race or run

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Steve is the founder and head running coach of RunBuzz.com. Steve is host of the RunBuzz podcast and founder of PaceBuilders, a complete online training program for runners. Steve is a RRCA / USA Track and Field Certified Running Coach and resides in Lewis Center, Ohio.