I felt on a real high for a couple of days after the race - telling anyone and everyone who was interested, and showing them photos (well, they seemed interested...), barely noticing my tired quads (a bit wobbly walking downstairs...), and feeling elated with my accomplishment (I ran all the way!). I was really happy with my time and know I can improve from here.
|My Runner's World pace band that I got at the expo - they weren't too far off with my time!|
I wore it but covered it up until the final kilometres, then it was so stuck to my skin I couldn't read it!
On day three I got the blues. Nothing serious - I was just tired, unmotivated, housework didn't get done, getting out of bed was hard, and working all day (not to mention teaching evening classes 2 nights per week) seemed a chore when it usually isn't. Is this high/low feeling a common thing after a goal race?
On Saturday morning I found my running shoes still lying in the corner of the lounge where I had taken them off on race day. On Sunday I finally put them on. And I went out for an easy 5km.
I thought about my race, I thought about my local run-blogging friends who also raced (you awesome girls!), I thought about all the inspiration and encouragement I had from the running blog community around the world (thanks my friends!). I even got a little emotional...
And I thought about how every run I had been on since my injury was geared towards this half marathon, and suddenly I understood the emptiness.
So I thought about some new goals. I thought about the future trail races I wanted to do, and a little thrill ran through my body just thinking about the adventures to come. I found myself leaving the pavement and racing off down a gravelly root-laden track towards Western Springs. At the bottom I did a U-turn and ran back up the track, then flew down again for the sheer joy.
I missed you running, even if it was only for a week.
How do you feel after a goal race - do you get highs and lows?
Do you need another race to focus on?
Is post-race depression a thing?