Post-Race Blues: I has them.
I think all runners get them (OMG I just legit included myself in a reference to “runners”). Maybe you did really well and PR’ed, maybe the run wasn’t so great, maybe you undertrained or maybe the training kicked your butt, but no matter how much we just want it to be over on Day Zero, the days and weeks following the race can be downright depressing.
Watching TV from the couch and not foam rolling is kind of…. boring. Not spending 1-2 hours on the road leaves too much empty time. Going back to mostly gym workouts requires thinking about what you’re doing as you do it (having to think is annoying). Also, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS GU??
The answer, of course, is to sign up for another race. In my case, 3 races. Immediately.
Back in October, I registered for the Hot Buttered Run 10k taking place this Sunday 12/16 specifically to stave off the “what the hell do I do now?” blues. Also, just for funsies, I decided this week join the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Team Challenge team for Hot Buttered Run, because I’m not too tired of fundraising yet and the $250 minimum seems like no big deal after raising $3,200 in 12 weeks. I’m sure my friends and family aren’t sick of me asking for donations yet, right? (Seriously though I’m a little nervous about the fundraising. Please consider donating HERE.) I thought that 10k would be enough, but clearly it wasn’t.
Vegas was last Sunday, December 2. By Thursday 12/6, I had registered for the Carlsbad half on Jan 27 and San Diego half on March 10. That’s three half marathons in 14 weeks. It brings my 5 month total to nine races in 5 months: 4 half marathons, a 15k, a 10k, and 3 5ks. On top of that I’m still seriously considering La Jolla in April and America’s Finest City or San Diego Rock N Roll over the summer. WHAT IS GOING ON WHO IS THIS PERSON.
To recap: I’m clearly past my post-race blues, but I might actually be crazy for registering for so many races. But whatever. Racing is more fun than training and all these races have cool medals. Bring on the bling!!