Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week you have a FREE topic! Please feel free to write about anything running related and remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post! Today I’m talking about the post-marathon blues. Although the word “marathon” is in the title, this could easily apply for any type of race – half marathon, 10K, ultra marathon, triathlon, etc.
It’s bound to happen – you train for months for a race, the race happens and then it’s all over. Without a place to put all that extra energy, it can be easy to get a little sad. I usually don’t have the post-marathon blues for that long, but it’s lingering a little longer for me this time, primarily because I wish I had a better race. Although I’m okay with the final result now, I think there will also be a voice in the back of my head that says “what if….”, but we can’t live in a world of “What Ifs”. These are some of the ways I’m getting over the post-marathon blues.
Focus on cross training
Sometimes the desire to run is pretty much non-existent after a marathon (I’m dealing with this now). Luckily there are tons of ways to still get in a workout that don’t include running. This is a perfect time to ramp up your cross training or strength training. Right now I’m really focusing on my Orangetheory Fitness classes to keep up my endurance, but spinning, boot camp, swimming, etc are all great ways to get in a sweaty workout!
Register for another race
This is probably the most common advice I have seen online when runners mention the post-marathon blues. If you’re training for another marathon, you don’t really have time to be sad, right? I don’t know if I could train for more than one marathon a year, but kudos to anyone that can!
Art & Crafts
Why not find a way to celebrate your achievement? You could make a scrapbook page with mementos from your race weekend – bib, train ticket, receipts, etc. I’ve also seen some amazing shadowbox medal displays as well. It’s a fun way to not only celebrate what you’ve done, but also display a really important achievement.
Try a new hobby
One thing that I hear all the time from runners is how they don’t have a lot of free time while training. Now that the training and the race are over, why not utilize all your new free time and take on a new hobby? I’m actually thinking about learning to knit since that’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s supposed to be super relaxing as well, so that’s a win-win in my book!
Remember all those awesome volunteers that gave you high fives and water on the course? Why not pay it forward and volunteer at a race? Or you can even take it one step further and volunteer in your community. For example, soup kitchens and food pantries are always looking for volunteers, especially around the holiday season, which is fast approaching!
Tell me: How do you deal with the post-marathon blues?
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