Post-1/2 Marathon Blues

Anytime we prepare for or anticipate an event in life, there are typically post-event blues that follow. That’s normal. But coming up with a strategy to combat that can be difficult.

For all the pain and misery that was my third 1/2 marathon, you’d think I would be likely to chill out, relax and consider never running again. Wrong!

I am addicted to challenges and commitments. I love working for something or towards something, whether it’s personally, athletically or professionally. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked in interviews,

What’s your biggest strength?

To which I reply,

I am extremely goal-oriented.

It’s cliche, and some people who say it should never be saying it. I mean it – wholeheartedly.

As I find myself without the stringent up-at-4:30am to train with my 1/2 marathon schedule, I’m left with major blues. Sure, mornings like today I’m still up at 5am, ready to tackle the morning. But I don’t have a workout “plan.” There is no end “goal.”

Without goals, we merely “do” to get by; to pass time. I don’t want to pass time. I adore time. I want to ensure each and every moment of my time is well spent….working towards an end goal.

I’m not writing this to say that I have the answer to my post-1/2 marathon blues. I don’t. I have ideas for goals, but nothing is set in stone. The only thing currently set in stone is that the rest of December will be spent recovering from all RR injuries (those are running-related injuries, in case you weren’t sure!). I am a hurtin’ unit, and I need to practice my preaching – listening to the body! While I had my goal of the Vegas Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 in mind, I neglected the listening. December will be random cardio, light strength and a lot of stretching and icing daily. I need to work on my weakness; my back side – everything is tight, sore and off and major work needs to be done.

In the meantime, I’ll be planning.

Goals are achieved when put properly in place. Putting things properly in place takes time. December is that time – time to figure out what my next big goal will be.

Question: Do you have any goals you are working towards before the end of the year? How about goals in general? Do you struggle with post-event blues?

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  1. says

    I ran a 1/2 marathon a couple years ago, and the moment I crossed the finish line i was already feeling the “post-event blues.” The next year I started training for a marathon, but I got really sick and was in bed 20 hours of the day for a good few weeks, which really put a stop to my running schedule. Ever since then, I’ve been more of a “casual” runner but I still have a dream to finish a full marathon. I think I’m going to take 2012 to really prepare for it, and then in early 2013 finally cross that finish line.

    • says

      Very cool, Adam! Good luck to you! I have NO desire to run a full marathon. I like the half distance. It’s my favorite…even more than the 5K!