I have 2 painful races. They were painful for completely different reasons.
My first painful race was my very first half marathon. It was the San Antonio Rock’n’Roll in November 2013. In September, a friend/co-worker of mine attempted suicide and I didn’t know how to deal with it and ended up dealing with it poorly. I turned to food big time and ate my emotions like there was no tomorrow. I also ran a LOT. Like, in the previous months I was running right at 100 miles a month. In September 2013, I ran just shy of 150 miles. About a week into October the lid fell off the can and I just quit. I kept eating like I was, but I just stopped running or doing any sort of working out. So, from the first week of October until the race happened over a month later, I basically didn’t run at all. I then went and ran a half marathon. It was horrible. Toward the end, I was “running” and a lady speed walking passed me.
I couldn’t walk right for over 3 days. I hurt so bad.
My second painful race was the Alamo Half this year. It was painful because I got sick the night before. I started getting sick around 8:30 the night before. Then I went to bed and couldn’t sleep more than 30-45 minutes without getting up and running to the bathroom to avoid disaster. At first, I couldn’t get the room to be cool enough. Then, at one point I know I had a fever because I got super chilled and achy like you get when you have a fever. When I woke up the morning of the race, I felt beyond miserable. I had to rush to the port-a-potty during the race twice to avoid more disaster. Since I hadn’t really slept the night before, I was super tired and the race was rapidly draining what little energy I had left in me. On my 1.5 hour drive home, I had to stop at one point and walk around because I was literally falling asleep while driving. I got home and went straight to bed and slept for 6 hours.
I’d say my track record of running for over 2.5 years and only having 2 painful/crappy races is a pretty good one. I know I will have more painful/crappy runs in the future, but I’m not worried about it at all. 98% of the time, running is awesome and fabulous. I can take that 2% of the time where it’s not and move on with my running life and not get discouraged.
What was your most painful race?