So unsurprisingly I had a bit of a case of the post-race blues. Surely someone must have written a poem or a song about this. Haiku anyone?
It’s that feeling you have when you’ve focused all your energy for months on one week, one day, one moment, and then it’s over in a flash. Reality comes back to bite you in the butt.
Don’t get me wrong. It was an amazing day and I loved every second of it. I’ve managed clearly to already forget those moments when running my second marathon hurt and I wanted to cry. At least this time I didn’t want to fall down and die!
But the great thing is after a whole 1 mile recovery run today, I’m now bouncing off walls. So, it’s time to get over it and move on.
Races, adventures and back to the real world for me. So I’m putting a plan of action in place and it goes a little like this….
- Review lessons learned – I didn’t get the time I wanted but it’s OK. Given Parkrun felt tough on New Year’s Day, I’m realistic on this one. But what about for future runs and races? What could I achieve and what do I need to do? I need to give this one some thought.
- Signing up to new adventures – more to follow including covering a half on trails and my first ultra!
- Remembering why I run – my initial reasons for running were to lose weight, get fitter and meet some new folks. I’ve done a pretty damn good job on the last two. Now it’s about experiencing the world as a runner and to keep meeting fab folks. I run because I run – simple as that. No higher meaning. It doesn’t make me a ‘better’ or ‘improved’ version of myself. It’s just part of who I am and I love it!
- Get distracted – and I don’t mean by Netflix. I have a couple of projects I’m kicking off. Now time to focus on other things in my life.
I’d love to know if you’ve the experienced the post-race blues and how you moved on.
Suggestions for post-race blues songs also welcome! I’d love to put together a bit of a playlist!