This happens after each marathon I’ve run- some version of the post marathon blues. Sounds silly, right? It’s a real thing.
I’ve actually enjoyed a more lax workout schedule and no real pressure to have to run when I do exercise. I’ve enjoyed practicing some more yoga lately and even hopped on the elliptical a couple days ago for the first time in months. What bugs me is no set plan for what comes next. Aside from the Sprint Triathlon series this summer and hopefully an Olympic Triathlon in the fall, I have nothing on the calendar. While this probably makes Bryan happy, its driving me a little nuts. Races give me schedules to follow, goals to set and things to blog about at least once a week, even if they are boring.
I can’t decide if I really want to keep recording “training” when I’m not really training for anything. I like the idea but it seems kind of silly. Since the jury is still out I guess I’ll just keep going.
Sunday – rest day. Sore.
Monday – rest day. Still sore.
Tuesday – rest day. Almost not sore.
Wednesday – Vinyasa flow yoga. Though I was no longer sore, I could definitely still feel some fatigue in my quads during the lunge poses. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
Thursday – interval yoga
Friday – rest day
Saturday – 20 mile ride. It’s my longest ride yet on the new bike so I think that counts for something. But the headwind on the way back SUUUUUUUUUCKED.
My motivation to run, perhaps not surprisingly, was lacking the week after the race (to say the least). I did fend off a little of the “blues” by researching a couple 5ks over the next couple months. I promised myself (and my chiropractor) that I’d focus more on swimming and biking once this marathon was over, but lets be honest: I’m still going to be a runner.
Maybe a 5k PR can be next…….
February 25, 2015 at 10:18 pm
Oh my god! The funniest thing ever happened. I thought you were referring to Netflix marathons at first – like tv show marathons. Then I promptly realized you’re clearly not lazy like I am. Oh man.. so bad.
February 25, 2015 at 10:22 pm
Haha! The funny thing is hubby and I are currently running through a House of Cards marathon on Netflix 🙂 We did the same with Breaking Bad after the twins were born.
February 25, 2015 at 10:26 pm
Oh house of cards is so good!!! The new season comes out this weekend – eep!!
February 25, 2015 at 10:30 pm
I know it is so hard to stop watching at night and sleep! On season 2 episode 3
February 25, 2015 at 11:01 pm
Nothing wrong with netflix marathons. For some of us, those are our only marathons… ;).
I’m sure you’ll find a new goal soon. A lot of the local races, like the 5Ks, are really good. It amazes me how many local runners don’t do them and opt to travel! Not that races aren’t an awesome excuse to travel and run other places, especially a half or full marathon, but we have some good 5Ks coming up like Catch the Leprechaun and Race the Landing series this summer. Of course I am also doing the Peyton Moore Wild and Wacky 5K and a few others. They’re fun and cheap :).
Definitely take it easy. You trained for and ran a marathon and that’s a pretty big deal. Training stresses your body physically but also mentally and it’s not a bad idea to take some time off and just enjoy working out without any real goals with it 🙂
February 25, 2015 at 11:14 pm
I run the day after the marathon! #Thetrainer
February 25, 2015 at 11:17 pm
You are brave! I hurt too much!
February 26, 2015 at 9:01 am
Oh yes, post marathon blues are very real. I feel so lost without a plan or goal. Signing up for another race helps 🙂 but really focusing on yoga and time with family is great also. Try keeping a life goal training plan??
February 26, 2015 at 9:05 am
Not a bad idea. The weird thing is I am bothered by the the lack of plan but also still don’t have motivation to run very much. I’ve only logged 8 miles total since the race. lol perhaps I need to focus on being ok with not having a plan because I really am enjoying the flexibility of other forms of exercise for the time being.
February 26, 2015 at 2:45 pm
Maybe you’re missing those endorphins!