1) It was my first marathon and everyone I’ve seen this week has congratulated me. Let’s be real folks, the praise for this race is a big part of what makes it worth the AGONIZING PAIN of running 26.2 miles. I’m more proud that I survived the damn thing than anything else, plus I kept an average 10 min per mile pace which ain’t too shabby for a first marathon. Additionally, a bunch of my running friends have told me how inspired they are to try a marathon or half, so now I can look forward to training with friends for future races!
2) I’m super busy. When I decided to run a marathon over the summer I had a LOT more time than I’ve had the past few months. My fall schedule went from packed to INSANE when I put “train for a marathon” into the mix with full time grad student, full time job, teaching an undergrad class and searching for a permanent full time position. I haven’t felt the same empty space that many runners experience when training ends. I’ve felt relief. Enormous amounts of relief, a return to my social life, and can you say 8-9 hours of sleep every night?
3) The holidays. Thanksgiving was hectic, but it’s still great to see friends and family, and the start of the Holiday season is a great distraction from well, anything. I swapped multi hour runs for christmas music and baking. Not a bad trade eh?
4) Other forms of fitness. The last month of my marathon training I was DESPERATE to mix some new fitness routines into my running but I 1) didn’t have time to meet my necessary mileage and do other workouts and 2) wanted to avoid injury. Now that I don’t have to hit 35-40 miles a week I can roll a spin class, strength training, yoga and dance back into my life. Yay!!
Do you get post-race blues, post race highs or both?