Recovering from a bad run and chocolate mice

This morning I ran a 4 mile tempo run. It was supposed to be 6 miles but when that little voice inside my head said to quit, I did, and that was that. I’ve learned a lot about how to deal with a bad run over the years and here’s how I handle the disappointment and move on…

First, I cry like a bitch and throw things try to figure out what went wrong. Was I tired? Am I overtraining? Did I eat enough or drink enough water? Once I figure out what went wrong, I can prevent it from happening again.

Then I record my info on daily mile and I make notes about the run. I record the route, the way I felt and why I ended the run early.

The next step is figuring out what to do different. In my case, after my run this morning, I realized that I only got about 4 hours of sleep and I didn’t take a rest day on Monday so a shorter run might have been a better plan for me so I will get plenty of sleep tonight and give my body the rest it needs.

The last step is to plan out my next run. I don’t like to wait too long to run again after a bad run. I don’t always run the very next day but in this case, my plan is to get enough sleep tonight and do an easy 8 mile run tomorrow.

I also lay out everything I’ll need the night before and that way when I get up it’s all ready and waiting for me, easy peasy.

And since I had some extra time today, I started pulling out my Halloween decorations. I love Halloween. This year I’m going to make these chocolate mice from a recipe that a friend of mine posted.

chocolate mice

Cute, right?

And since I’m in a sharing mood, I’m going to share it with you. (Kids love this recipe)!

You’ll need :

Oreo Cookies

Maraschino Cherries with the stem

Melting Chocolate (I use ghirardelli)

Almond Slivers

Gel Frosting ( Red & Green)

Line a cookie sheet with waxed or parchment paper. Dip the maraschino cherries in melted chocolate to completely cover up to the stem. Place on lined cookie sheet. Immediately press on hersheys kiss to form a head. While the chocolate is still warm, wedge two sliced almonds between chocolate covered cherry and hershey kiss to form the ears. Set on top of an open face oreo cookie. Use tubes of gel frosting make the eyes and nose and decorate around the oreo cookie. Refrigerate to firmly set chocolate.

Do you like Halloween? What do you do to recover from a bad run?

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