You know how it goes. Your long-awaited big goal race that you put every last ounce of your energy into over the past 5 – 6 months, is OVER. Your body had adjusted to the vigorous training during those months and eventually you even started to crave it, although you may or may not have realized this. One week after the race you are riding high in your post-race glory. A few more weeks go by and you’ve started easing your way back in to running. No training plan or mileage goals penciled in on your calendar because it’s still a little too soon to put your body through all that again. You have another goal race down the line but are in the interim between training sessions and realize you are feeling exhausted for no reason. Bored. Unsettled. Possibly even slightly depressed. Moody? Just feeling blah.
That’s about where I’m at these days. I haven’t even blogged in awhile because I felt like my life was too boring to have anything to write about! Then I realized that I can’t be the only one that feels this way in between races. It doesn’t help that school is out and we are all home lounging around and putting true meaning to the phrase “lazy days of summer”. No schedule to my days, no miles on the calendar….it’s all too empty and boring. My boys are teenagers and have their own agendas. I’ve been getting runs in. Even doing more 8 – 10 mile runs, but I just haven’t exhausted my body enough to reap the benefits I guess. I sleep so much better when I’m running over 35 miles per week. 40-45 used to be my mileage sweet spot when everything seemed right with the world. I wonder if my previous cycle has ramped that up a bit? Only time will tell, but I should have close to 35 miles this week and be back in the 40’s after that.
It’s times like this when I wonder how non-runners do it. I guess I need the endorphins consistently running through my body, performing their magic. The world just looks a little brighter, I have more energy, and that satisfying tiredness in my legs telling me that I did something awesome that day.
Pics From the Week
I have been hitting the gym at least! Trying to mix it up between lifting and other things. Kettle bells, medicine balls, weight plates, etc.
Late afternoon run on the AT selfie fail.
Top of Blueberry Trail in Michaux State Forest. Good climb up and awesome run down!
I think I like this one so much because it’s representative of how I feel lately. Blah and boring but still standing….knowing there is something beautiful, amazing, and challenging just beyond the horizon waiting for me.
Some deforestation that ruined part of my trail run tonight. Dead Woman Hollow Trail with so much destruction. I guess it’s fitting?
Too blurry, but apparently THIS is the halfway point of the AT this year. Right at Dead Woman Hollow Road parking lot.
A delicious dinner. I have no idea how my feet got in this pic…too funny! At least you can’t see my left foot (my pinky toenail went missing). I just found out about the benefits of black rice. It is more nutrient-rich than white and brown rice, and contains anthocyanin antioxidants like those found in blueberries and blackberries. Sounds like the perfect rice for an ultrarunner to me! The taste is more nutty than brown rice and I prefer it!
Have you ever felt the post-race slump?
Have you tried black rice?