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A Reader Asks: What Do You Do When Your Off Day Is Marathon Day?

FitSugar reader LFS was inspired after watching The Biggest Loser this week and asked this question in our RunningSugar Community group about dealing with a bad running day that happens to fall on marathon day. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Last week's semifinal episode of The Biggest Loser was the first time I've seen the show, and like everyone says about the series, it was definitely tear-inducing. In the episode, the final four completed The Biggest Loser marathon.

The episode cut between personal stories and progress to scenes of the grueling race. I was getting tired just sitting on the couch! But not only was it (unsurprisingly) inspiring, I also related to one of the contestants' words about running.


Contestant Ada kept a good pace throughout the race and even ended up setting a new women's record for the marathon. In one of the scenes, she said that although she had struggled during the previous weeks' of training, she had a good feeling when she started running that day and knew it was going to be a good race.

Such a true statement. There are days when I feel "on" during my run and days when every step feels weighted. But I've never done a marathon — what happens when one of these "off" days is marathon day? What do you do? Do you have strategies for powering pass the wall?

Please share your tips and advice in the comments section below. Have a burning running or health-related question? Then join our RunningSugar Community group or FitSugar Q and A group and ask the community for help.

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kclulu kclulu 6 years
Sometimes you just have a crappy run and unfortunately sometimes that happens on race day. Last spring I was running my 4th marathon and although every marathon I have run in the past I steadily decreased my time, I ended up running it almost an hour slower than my previous race. All of my training leading up to that race had been fantastic and I felt great but the day of the marathon I had bad stomach cramps and also experienced pain in my foot. It sucked but it is part of racing. You can't predict these things but I think they can show you what kind of person you are. Are you going to give up and feel sorry for yourself or are you going to keep going and finish it and realize even if it is a crappy performance, you still ran 26.2 miles which is a feat in itself. As soon as I was done though I knew I was going to have to run another one because there was no way that horrible performance was going to end my marathoning career. I am about a month away from my next marathon now and I look forward to redeeming myself.
booboo1 booboo1 6 years
Wow, it's so funny that this topic came up. I ran a half-marathon today, and I was certain it was going to be a disaster: I didn't feel like I trained enough over the last few weeks, it was a hard course, the weather was cold and windy, and I wasn't sure if I had the proper gear etc, etc. But the surprise is that it turned out really well. I blogged about it here: I think that so long as you are not running injured (which is a whole other situation) that you just need to rely on your training. Even though I've just started seriously running over the last 6 months (wow), this was my fifth timed road race, and my second race with lots of hills. Plus, my previous race was a 10 miler. There is also the fact that once you get out there and start running, it's easier to finish. Sometimes when I'm feeling tired or bored on my training runs, it will occur to me that I still have to get back home or to my car. And I could walk or really slow down, but then it will just take me even longer! With a race there is the fact that I can't get warm and start snacking on the post-race goodies until I finish. There is also the motivation of passing just one more runner and looking good for the race photos! I always speed up when I see that camera up ahead!
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 6 years
This is exactly why I haven't done a full marathon. That terrifies me. What if I'm halfway through and I can't finish it? There's times when I set out for THREE miles and it feels like it takes a year. But.. I guess that's why you train beforehand, and refrain from running the days beforehand so you get the *itch* to get off the couch and run. Plus I'm sure the adrenaline helps. I'd be interested to see others' stories if they had that kind of day/run, though.
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