When Runs go bad

Last night I decided that I would do the impossible:


Go for a run before 7am




I set my alarm, laid out my clothes and proceeded to go to bed early so that I could wake up early and go for a 10K run. Things seemed to go according to plan as I woke up 15 minutes prior to my alarm going off. I washed my face, brushed my teeth and changed into my running gear. A quick fill of the water bottle and off I went.



The plan was to go for a 10K run – about an hour or so. Because I am a bit nervous about running the path at such an early hour, I wanted to do a few loops around my neighbourhood. The temperature was perfect and there was cloud cover so no sun! I thought “this is great” for the first Km, then things went downhill.

TMI Time

So – one of the parts I do not really like about early morning running is that I don’t really feel like I have a chance to go to the washroom prior to going out (you know what I mean). All of you runners know EXACTLY what a running blogger means when they say before a race they really need to go to the portapotty and that not going to one is a big, big deal. It isn’t necessarily about number 1’s! Running seems to jump start the digestive process and that is what happened at 1.5KM into my run this morning. So I had to do my 3K loop instead and head back home. I couldn’t exactly run the entire 3K, so eventually I turned off the Garmin.

I got home, used the washroom and said to P (who was up at the time) that I would be back in 20 minutes or so. I realized that 10K was out for day and I settled on 5K instead. Well that did not happen either. About another KM into the second part of my run, I just didn’t feel good. I felt really sweaty, uneasy and just didn’t want to run. I am not an elite runner, nor am I that serious – so I decided to call it quits for the day. My Garmin showed 3.5Km on my watch, but I know I walked at least 1 KM during part I of my run. Oh well!

After the run I took a small nap on the floor of my bedroom, curled up in a blankie. Normally, despite whatever type of run I went on, I am usually well recovered and feeling good after a run. Not today!  So weird! Maybe my body doesn’t like morning runs after all!

There is something a little off about saying ‘runs’ in this whole post!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!


Do you have runs that go bad?

Did you run today?

What are you doing this weekend?


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  1. Stephanie@nowirun.com

    I have had a 6-mile run that ended in a sprint to the outhouse for some time alone, for sure!
    I need at least an hour before I’m going to run to figure out if I’m going to be able to take care of “washroom issues” before I’m really comfortable heading out for a long run. Tomorrow morning I’ll head out at 8-ish. Hopefully I’m able to wake up early enough to take care of business ahead of time!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      “for some time alone” LOL Nice way of putting it.

      I wish I could have had an hour or so to “get ready” but P really needed to work, so I had to go before Max woke up. It didn’t work at all. Here – you want to get runs out of the way before 10am as it just gets too hot!

  2. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    I had a really bad run on Thursday. I wanted to try running in the evening after I had been active and awake all day and while it was hot because I have a 10-miler race in October that is at 10 pm. Well… 2 miles into it and I couldn’t do it. It was HORRIBLE!

    I did speed work today and it was tough but totally worth it. I’m traveling tomorrow (and I just got back from Costa Rica) but other than that, nothing planned!

    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      evening runs are my fave – but a little hard to manage! I’m not a morning person at all 😀

  3. Kristi

    Check out this article:
    Apparently even top runners have the same problem (and don’t let it stop them despite being in front of a huge crowd.
    Personally, my best friend on race mornings is Immodium 🙂

  4. Nicole

    This has happened a few times to me also. On my morning runs and on race day I always have to make sure I get up early enough since I hate the portapotty dash!


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