How to survive the bad times

Recently, I haven’t been writing much. The last weeks are difficult for me, and for some time, I couldn’t even get myself to do any serious running. But I am still running and I find it important to keep myself running. I think most runners will encounter a period when it’s difficult to run, due to external or internal reasons.

Therefore, I compiled a list of tips and tricks that have helped me to survive so far.


How to run when you don’t feel like it

  1. Be prepared.
    Make sure you have clean running clothes, and that you know exactly what distance and what sort of run you want to do (or your training plan asks for). This helps me keep running more or less on schedule.
  2. Ditch expectations.
    Even though you or your training plan expects a 7km progressive run, you might end up doing a slow 10k or a fast 5k instead. And that’s OK. It is more important to run than it is to run exactly what’s in the plan. Even a bad run is better than no run at all.
  3. Entertain yourself.
    Run your usual route the opposite direction. Find a new one. Try to take in the surroundings and look for changes. Count all the people walking their dogs. Check out a new playlist, maybe a new music style. If you run by distance, try to run by time, or vice versa. Try running completely without any tracking device whatsoever. Try a type of run you didn’t before, like a fartlek or a hill run.
    For me, even the simplest changes can make the difference to actually enjoy my run even when initially I didn’t feel it at all.
  4. Keep your eyes on the goal.
    While some runners are lucky enough to just run without the need for training plans or goals, most of us have some sort of expectations from our running. It might be an upcoming race, weight loss, or experiencing the runner’s high on a sucky day. I find it easier to get my feet out of the door when I think about the big picture.
  5. Treat running as a hobby.
    Let’s face it, very few of us here can consider themselves professional athletes. Of course it’s fun and games to get faster, better, set PRs, etc. However, in the end, whether you finish as the runner #90 or #99 in a race really only matters to you and maybe the few of your close ones.
    There will be another chance, another race. Maybe your weight will drop slower than you expected. But don’t worry: you’ll get there, eventually. If you need some slack, give it to yourself. I know that runners spend majority of their time either running or thinking about running (I’m guilty as charged!), but it is still just a hobby of ours. We take it very seriously and that’s OK, but it’s also fine to let the priorities go somewhere else when necessary.

JustRunWhat are your tricks to keep yourself in the game even when you totally don’t feel like it?



  1. Britt · August 9, 2015

    I agree that everyone has those times. Hope you come through yours soon!

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    • aliceruns · August 9, 2015

      Thank you! I am just trying to keep myself focused on the important things, and sometimes the important things are, sadly, not running. But it will pass.


  2. Britsrundisney · August 9, 2015

    Those are some great tips for those times when we all feel a little less enthusiastic about running! Great post!

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  3. So... · August 10, 2015

    It’s all part of the training. And you’ve found out the most important thing – balance, finding the space for running within your everyday life.
    I like your handy tips. It’s a good reminder.

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    • aliceruns · August 10, 2015

      Thank you! I think the balance is very fragile and requires a lot of effort from me at the moment.


  4. BabetaRuns · August 10, 2015

    I know how you feel!

    Two weeks ago I went for a run only once… on Sunday. I was a bit ill but also really did not feel like it.. It happens… so is life :)

    Liked by 1 person

    • aliceruns · August 10, 2015

      Yes that’s true. My only worry is if I will be to run the half in October…


      • BabetaRuns · August 11, 2015

        I’m sure you will.
        And… I keep questioning if I’ll be able to run the marathon which is now in a month time :)
        I think we need to prepare our “head” so our head is ready and then the legs follow… :)

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      • aliceruns · August 12, 2015

        You ran two half-marathons back to back on two consecutive days, OF COURSE you can run a marathon! Which one/when is it? I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!


      • BabetaRuns · August 12, 2015

        Hihi :)
        I’m doing Medoc in the beginning of September and then Berlin at the end of September.

        And then another one in Porto in November :)))

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      • chris · August 11, 2015

        Of course you will be able to! ;)

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  5. RunTroyRun · August 10, 2015

    As Nike says…just do it!

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  6. runsonsyrup · August 10, 2015

    Great tips!!

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    • aliceruns · August 10, 2015

      Would be better never to need them, but life is what it is.


  7. runsaltrun · August 13, 2015

    I’m so sorry to hear that things haven’t been going so well. This post is fantastic though and I really needed to read something like this. I’ve been having some days where it’s been impossible to drag myself outside. This really helps. :) Thank you!


  8. Vali · August 14, 2015

    I especially like no.2. You told that before and when I have a crappy run, I pull that one out too. \o/ But it’s really cool that you share the downs too, hope it gets to Nirvana again soon!


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