Life after marathon

The marathon runner recovers.

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?

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4 Responses to Life after marathon

  1. agirlrunner says:

    My marathon was in November & I’m still working my way out of the funk. I did exactly what you’re thinking about doing; just getting out and running, even if it’s just short 2-3 miles. It has really helped and now I have to stop myself from wanting to run all the time (although that would be great). CONGRATS on your marathon finish, though.

    • Run and Jump says:

      Thanks – well done on yours too. I’m really looking forward to a short run this weekend! My next marathon is Dublin at the end of October and serious training for that will start in July, so that will also help me get over the withdrawal symptoms (and start the whole cycle again, of course…)

  2. Koji Kawano says:

    Haha, love the image of Homer sitting on the couch! I know what you mean. I have not run since the race and going to bed really early. The 3-hour time difference is not helping me either. I don’t have any urge to go out there for a run. I am reading, meeting with my friends, and just taking everything easy. The way it should be, in my book!

    • Run and Jump says:

      I aspire to being like Homer! My brain is too tired for tackling the book pile this week (and even that short blog post made my head hurt), but now I have time to socialise too (and ensure that I lap up the praise and awe of my friends and colleagues…)

      I imagine that all the Boston survivors are sitting in the fridge instead of on the couch!!!

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