The days, and weeks, after a marathon are kind of strange. At least they are for me. You’ve been working and training for a race for 4 and a half months, and suddenly it’s done. Poof. Now what? Not having to go for a run feels weird.
You may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet here on the Other Side. It’s because I’m in a serious post-marathon funk. I remember this happening after my first marathon, but it seems a little more intense this time.
Part of it is that I haven’t really been able to recover like I did last time. Following my first marathon, I met up with my training group for a recovery run a week after the race. We rehashed the race, spent some time celebrating our accomplishment, and talked about future running plans and races we want to run.
This time, I haven’t been able to run since I crossed the finish line. I’ve had a persistent pain in my right shin since the race. With immediate running the pain intensifies, and then I spend the rest of the day walking in pain. It’s been 3 weeks since the race, and I’ve not run at all. It is seriously messing with me. I am in such a funk. (Yes, I have an appointment next week to get my leg checked out.)
There really is a phenomena called post-race blues. I see it as a loss of focus and lack of a goal. One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I need to be challenged. I need a goal to work towards. Unfortunately, pain is preventing me from setting a new running goal. I can’t sign up for a race until whatever is making my leg hurt goes away. Sigh…I just want to run! (I know. I’m whining.)
Anywho…perspective. That’s a big part of what keeps me healthy in mind and spirit. So I’ve been trying to find the positive in not being able to run. It’s taken me a while, but I think I’ve found a couple of good things about taking some time off from running.
- It gives me an opportunity to volunteer at a race. Next weekend is a holiday 5K that I was hoping to run. It would have been race number 12 for 2016, a goal I had set for myself. But I’m quite sure things won’t be up to running order in a week, so I decided to take the opportunity to volunteer to help with the race instead, something I’ve wanted to do but have found it hard to do when I’m running the race! I’ll be standing at the finish line handing out medals and water. How fun to see those runners cross that finish line and be able to celebrate their achievement by handing them a medal! I feel my spirit lifting a bit.
- It gives me time to try yoga. I’ve read some about the health benefits of yoga, the core and balance work, the stretching aspect, and how helpful it can be to runners. I know I need work in the balance and flexibility department, so even before the marathon, I’d been thinking about incorporating yoga into my workout routine. The only thing stopping me now, since I’m not running hours a week, is…nothing! I just need to make it a point to go.
- It gives me time to sleep. I can’t seem to get enough sleep since the race finished. Maybe I just didn’t let myself think about how tired I was before, or maybe I’m tired because I’m just in a funk or maybe still recovering physically from the beating I gave my body, but at any rate, I’ve had time for lots of naps since afternoons aren’t taken up with running. Lots of naps. Maybe one day I’ll catch up on my sleep…
- It makes me hungry to run. After my first marathon, I kind of lost the desire to run. It seemed hard. Not running for several weeks now has made me crave a run. I seriously almost salivate when I see runners on the street. I want to be out there so badly too. But while not running has put me in a funk, not running also makes me love running more if that makes sense.
So hopefully soon this post-marathon funk will lift, and I’ll be back to myself and running in no time. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy some activities that I haven’t had time for before, and look forward with eager anticipation to my first post-marathon run!
Talk to me:
What pulls you up when you’re down in the dumps?
What’s something you’re looking forward to right now?