I saw a Runner’s World post the other day about the post marathon blues and was immediately all, ‘YES. Exactly.’ I forgot that this happened after my first marathon. Maybe because I was so focused on doing physical therapy on my knee. Or because it was the Holidays and I was immediately swept up in Holiday activities that I didn’t feel it much.
I am feeling it now. The post marathon blues have been particularly rough this time around. It could in part be because I didn’t experience a runner’s high after Marine Corps. I think it is mostly because my life revolved around this one goal for almost five months. I ran four to five days a week for months and every Saturday or Sunday was dedicated to a long run. I watched what I was eating, I made sure to get lots of sleep, and I cut out most drinking. That was my routine and now I feel a little lost without all of that.
It’s been hard to get back into running this time. Not physically, because my body actually bounced back incredibly quickly after Marine Corps, but mentally. The finish of Marine Corps was hard for me mentally and emotionally and it’s taken awhile to rebound from it.
I’ve run maybe four times in about four weeks, each run between 2-4 miles. Nowhere near the frequency of what I was running, but better than nothing.
I’ve pretty much been lounging and relaxing, exactly like this:
I was away this past weekend and decided to run and take advantage of the beautiful 70 degree weather. Plus, I was at Notre Dame and couldn’t resist the chance to run around the beautiful campus.
After a new t-shirt and shorts (I wasn’t prepared at all for the warmth!), I got in a wonderful and refreshing 3 miles that passed the best places on campus. It felt like a revival to my soul. The fresh air in my lungs, the sun shining on my skin, and the crunch of leaves under my feet was exactly what I needed. It reminded me why I love running so much.
So I’m pushing forward. I ran a 5k on Thanksgiving and have another one on the radar in December. Aside from that, I saw something from Runner’s World about a running streak (#RWRunStreak) where you run one mile per day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. One mile per day (or more if I feel like it) seems totally reasonable and a great way to stay motivated to run during the winter until I start training for the Spring races I’m planning on doing.
I don’t know the best way to push through the post marathon blues, but I do know that for me, it helps to keep running. One step, one mile at a time.
Do you have any tips for getting through the post marathon blues? Leave them below in the comments!