Two nights in a row now I’ve sat on my couch watching football on TV. But it didn’t feel right. (Aside from Chelsea beating Barcelona, I mean.) Shouldn’t I be running?
The 2012 Paris Marathon, that thing I trained for and thought about for four months – it’s done now. Physically, I’ve almost recovered; I can glide up and down any steps you set in front of me.
But mentally I’m in shock. My training routine shaped my days for 16 weeks. I thought about the Paris Marathon all the time. But it’s over. What do I do now?
Adding to my sense of confusion is the mental tiredness following the marathon effort. For three-and-a-half hours last Sunday morning I fixed my mind on one thing. Over the last two miles my brain was dragging my carcass towards the finish. The continual focus over the training period, then the intense focus during the race… perhaps my mind is aching now. Or maybe it’s a very real withdrawal symptom due to lack of the chemicals released in the body during exercise.
This weekend, I’ll try to sleep it off. On Saturday morning I’ll go for a very short and light run, perhaps no more than a mile. That should get the adrenaline flowing again.
If you’re still recovering from a race in the last week or so, how are you coping with life after the marathon?