What a Difference a Day Makes

What a Difference a Day Made is an English song with lyrics by Stanley Adams, based on the song Cuando vuelva a tu lado, written in 1934 by Mexican songwriter Maria Grever. The song has been covered numerous times by artists ranging from Dean Martin to China Moses, but the most widely recognized is probably the one by Dinah Washington who won a Grammy for What a Difference a Day Makes, as it is often known, in 1958. It’s not in my library and frankly the version I remember most is the annoying commercial adaptation sung by Ethel Merman – What a Difference a Mailgram Makes. But I was reminded of it this past Sunday after my long run. Interestingly the song is included in the soundtrack of Run Lola Run, a German film from 1998.
Saturday is typically my long run and as usual I got up around 5 to hit the pavement and hopefully get a bunch of miles in before the sun came up. Things started out pretty normally – 8 ounces of Gatorade, couple of Honey Stingers in my pockets, 23.7 oz bottle of water to carry and another frozen one to put in my mailbox for one of my fly-bys later in the morning. Walked to the end of the block to warm up and off I went.
Around 1.5 miles I started to feel that things weren’t right and soon enough I found myself in the early stages of an ocular migraine. I would normally try to run through it but by 2.5 miles I was walking. I got back to the house feeling a general weakness and malaise that lasted most of the day. Final tally – 2.47 miles, 9:45 minutes per mile. Not much of a long run, and pretty disappointing because I felt that my training was going pretty well. I ran my first 200 mile month in August and I was on track for my first 50 mile week this week.
Sunday is my off day but I was determined to give my long run another try since I didn’t want any doubt about my training to linger till next weekend. So I got up early and went through the whole routine again. It was a nice cool morning and as I took off running I made a conscious decision take it easy and to be mindful of my marathon pace – 9:30. The way my long runs have been going this summer I’ve ended up being able to exceed my pace for the first 10-13 miles but then things have declined precipitously. I am following my own training program this year and my original idea was to run as fast as I comfortably could for as long as I could, but that approach has only yielded the sort of long run results described above. Then I read somewhere – I think it might have been on someone here’s blog – the quote “bank=bonk”. I started to rethink my approach.
My first mile was my slowest at 9:42, but from then on it was smooth sailing. I never went above 9:39 or below 8:49 and I finished 18.3 miles in 2 hours 50 minutes, or 9:17 per mile. Unlike my last couple of long runs I still felt great at mile 18 (9:32) and believed I could run another 8 miles at that pace. In last year’s marathon I was feeling pretty panicked by mile 18, so Sunday’s run was a great confidence booster, just one day after I couldn’t even make it to 3. What a difference a day makes! I hope I can say the same about a year on November 5th.

2 thoughts on “What a Difference a Day Makes

  1. I also had good long run this weekend. I think the weather made all of the difference for me. I started out following a plan for the first few week, but I have been more or less doing my own. We will see in 60 days if following my own plan was a mistake.


  2. I used a structured paid plan last year and was unhappy with my race. Not sure if following my own design is a smart approach but I do have a better idea of what to expect and I have been running TONS more miles, and I think that helps


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