Got your attention, didn’t I? Sorry, I’m a big believer that running is a fully clothed sport and cannot advocate running sans apparel.
Nope. Today’s topic is on the running blahs (you’ll understand the headline in a minute). As some of you know, I completed the ING NY Marathon in early November. I took three full days off before I resumed boot camp and running. I felt strong, lean and incredibly fit. For about two or three weeks.
Then it hit. As it always does for me after a marathon. I ‘m sure there is a technical term for it but I call it the Post-Marathon Blues, or PMB. The first symptom of PMB is the desire to do anything but run. Thinking about getting out and doing my usual 4 mile run was almost painful for me.
Knowing I still had to keep running, I cut back to two or three days a week and cut my mileage. It still didn’t help. I felt tired and lazy and just wanted to sit on the couch and eat cookies.
I knew I was in a funk. I knew I needed to get back in my normal, “happy to run” place. I needed to go for a run. Naked.
Off went the Garmin 405 and I kept my Ipod buried in my running bag. I didn’t time myself or distract myself with music. I listened to my own internal chatter during my 4 mile loop. I listened to my breathing and enjoyed the very cold temperatures.
I don’t know if I was running faster than normal or slow as a snail. I didn’t care. My sole purpose was to run. Not to train. Not to compare, compete or to clock.
I did this for about a week. Then I began to look forward to going for a run. I had the desire to lace up my sneakers and get out the door.
So if you need to recharge your running batteries, drop your gear and go for a run. It might be just what you need.
Run strong and remember to have fun.
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NOTE: If you experience feelings of sadness, hopelessness or any other feelings that are not normal for you, please contact a doctor to discuss this and perhaps seek treatment options.