The Marathon Series: When it Goes Wrong

Wednesday 31 December 2014 by

Running, Marathon, Fitness, Training

Welcome back to week eight of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about when it goes wrong.

As you might have noticed over the past couple of weeks on social media, I haven’t been well. Hit with the jackhammer joy of an intense cold and chest infection (like much of the rest of the British population, it seems), I have been unable to run at all since arriving in London. This means that unfortunately, I will not be able to run the 20-mile run I had signed up to in 8 weeks. It puts off my marathon plans massively.

But here’s the thing: it often goes wrong. You get injured, or ill, or too busy, and before you know it, it’s been several weeks since your last run and you’re out of the habit and your careful plans are all gone to hell. Here are quick three tips to fixing it when it goes wrong…

Don’t blame yourself

Whatever you do, don’t start kicking yourself that it’s gone wrong, simply accept that it has and move on. Particularly if you’re ill, don’t try to rush back to training too fast, otherwise you will end up doing more damage.

Try again

Know that you’re going to have to start, if not from scratch, but pretty near to it. Take a deep breath, and start from the beginning. If you try to rush ahead and carry on with where you had got to, you risk making it worse by getting ill or injured again.

Try something new

So you can’t run. But can you do yoga, go for a swim, or take a leisurely walk? Just try something different for a while, and before you know it, you’ll be ready to run again.

It can be hugely frustrating when it goes off the rails. And it can also be really easy to just let it slide, so half the trick is knowing when you’re ready to get back and start training again, but also to know when it’s too early. After all, you’ll make it all the worse if you try to overdo it. It will go wrong every now and then, so just know when it has and take the time to fix it.

When has it gone wrong for you? What did you do about it?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back in a few weeks when we’re talking about making the most of January.

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