Monday, October 29, 2012

Post-marathon "funk" (or is it simply malaise?)



It’s a “funk” when I haven’t blogged in over 2 weeks…….nor have I really been commenting on anyone else’s blogs……probably because I haven’t even felt like reading about all the fun they’re having when I'm not joining in......

I think it’s an official “funk”, seeing as I’ve only run twice in the 2 weeks since the marathon.

I had planned to take a week off after the marathon to allow myself to recover from the effort.  When I started running again at the beginning of last week, I felt pretty good, but I found my overall energy level lacking.  It was about all I could do to get through my teaching days and then collapse when I got home.

Not exactly the kind of recovery I had planned....

So now what?  I think it’s time to take it back to the start again……just lace ‘em up and go.  No plans…..no expectations…….no goals.   That’s going to be hard for me to do, but I think it’s the only way I can get back at it again.  The time for planning will come again, as soon as I start to decide on the next series of races, but for now I just need to get my ass moving again.

Maybe I’ll buy myself some new shoes as a reward/motivator?

The bottom line?  The pity party is over…….it’s time to get running again!

Rock on, my friends……see you all out there down the road!

15 comments:

  1. I think you are still on a PR high from your marathon. Sometimes a little break can be a good thing so you can come back fresh and renewed!

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    1. Thanks, Sandy....that's what I'm hoping for!

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  2. That is what I love about running! It's never boring. I have the same few weeks here and there and I'm trying to stay motivated right now. I'm tossing the pity party with you! Buh Bye.

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  3. Set s new & different goal. Ease back into it. :-)

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    1. As soon as I pick out my next marathon, I'll have a new plan to make...:>)

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  4. I was SO pumped and "OMG I LOVE RUNNING" after MDI that i was actually shocked when the post marathon exhaustion/demotivation set in. I'm just easing into it- and plan for November to be a "Lazy" month (we'll see about that..) before I gear up for my next big adventure.
    Good luck to you getting back into the swing of things, we've all been there (or, currently ARE there!)

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  5. I usually take a full week off and then do minimal running the second week. I find that I need a mental rest as well as a physical rest. So normal for sure! You'll be back at it in no time.

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  6. I think this is totally normal. No worries :) Rest, relax, be lazy it's ok...then get over it and get moving again!

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  7. You'll find your mojo soon enough - hang in there and take it slow!

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  8. I do know what you mean Bill...especially after setting a big PR in something as daunting as the marathon. Be gentle with yourself and your body, realizing that your mind needs to recover and rejuvenate as well. Ease back slowly, and just try to get back to a "normal" level of running for you, when you don't have a big goal ahead. Forget about pace, and keep it easy and light. The fire will come back all on its own. :-)

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  9. I've been in the same slump! Keep your chin up!

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  10. i think it is perfectly normal to take a little break after a big race! you will get back to normal soon, I'm sure of it!! :)

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  11. Hey Bill....Not sure how I missed this post. To be honest, it wasn't this post I was referring to in my blog. It was a similar post you posted after you did Boston.

    It's good to know that I'm not the only one. Hang in there brother. Enjoy your goal free runs. You deserve them!

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  12. Spring Marathon Campaign! Hang in there and just do what you feel is feel, now get out there and RUN like Hell!

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