It happens to a lot of runners after they finish a big race——> THE POST-RACE BLUES.
Order of events:
You set a running goal and sign up for a race, you train like crazy for it, it consumes a chunk of your energy/thoughts/prayers;)/day, you run the race and then whether or not you hit your goals—> the race is OVER!!!! You feel a sense of accomplishment and take a few days off and then BOOM. You realize your key race for the year is over and it will be quite some time until your next race again. And then you get sad.
I have experienced the post-race blues a number of times (not really this time around because I think I almost died on Sunday so I am pretty content with not having a race on the agenda right now) and these are my tips to help you get through the post race blues:
-There are a million other hobbies/talents/skills that you can work on to help you to feel that ‘sense of accomplishment’ that we get from a good run/race. Try a cooking class, read more, volunteer, try different types of workouts, take piano lessons, learn a foreign language… the list goes on and on forever. Dive into a new skill to practice and before you know it you will be training again for another race but you’ll have some other new interests up your sleeves too:) I’m going to learn how to jump during this time off:
-People. People. People. You’re not running as much = you’ve got more energy and time on your hands = focus in on your relationships. When you get sad about your race being over then reach out to the peeps in your life and you’ll feel like a million bucks.
-Repeat to yourself 4,596,294 times, ‘RECOVERY IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE TRAINING.’ That will help to remind you that no, you are not being lazy by taking some time off before training and racing again… you are doing the RIGHT thing for your body. You are letting it repair itself so that you can build it back up even stronger during your next training cycle.
– ENJOY THE EXTRA SLEEP. Think about all of those mornings when your alarm clock went off and you wished SOOOO badly you could just stay in your warm and comfortable bed instead of getting up?! Well, now you get to. Take advantage of it and sleep more now that you don’t have a race to wake up extra early to train for.
-Sign up for another. Think clearly about the right amount of recovery time that your body will need post-race and then find another one to sign up for. Knowing that there IS another race will help you feel excited again.
-Be proud of yourself. It is so easy to fall into the trap of wanting more and more or to be faster and faster. Take time to feel proud of yourself for running your race without feeling like you need ‘to be doing more’ all of the time. You did it. Awesome. Be proud. Keep on dreaming but at the same time pat yourself on the back and that will help with the post-race blues.
Today I decided to go hit up the gym to visit an old friend (actually, I wouldn’t dare call this thing a friend because it is so dang hard) for 20 minutes—> the stair climber. I enjoyed some Destiny’s Child music videos while I climbed the stairs and it took me way back. After the gym I did a core workout when I got home (I’ll post the workout tomorrow morning).
PS I always wear my non-Brooks shoes for cross-training. Gotta save my golden shoes for glorious miles up ahead of me.
Always the best to run into Megan at the gym. PS did I ever tell you we grew up together? Probably. But anyways, she’s a good one.
It is Brooke’s favorite day of the week because Thursday means we get to party hard all day with her bff.
It’s never too late to start your advent calendar… well, actually it probably is a little late but we can easily make up for the 10 days we’ve missed so far.
I just have to share this picture that Niki took of our mountains. It gave me the goosebumps. I love these beauties. PS I am real real real excited to get back into running in these mountains again for some trail running.
PS this was the hill at mile 23 of the Tucson Marathon that looks like a little tiny ant hill when you are driving it but feels like Mt. Everest when you are running it.
I hope your Thursday is going really well!!
Ever had the post-race blues? After which race(s)? How do you get over it?
What is your FAVORITE day of the week?
What are your Thursday night plans?
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