Felt spent after running a half marathon.
After, I did my first half marathon, I felt spent. It was a weird feeling, because in my mind and heart; running is what I love to do So why this feeling? I was baffled. For a while, I felt that this is it, I am done; when on the contrary, I knew that there is a long way to go. There is still a lot of running to do before I do: Race the planet or Desert Run. That’s the ultimate goal. But all of a sudden, I found myself in this sink hole. There was no motivation left to go out and run.
It has been two weeks since my half marathon and I have ran only two runs for a total of 8.7 miles. I felt empty and did not want to run. It seems that all the running that I have done till date, was to culminate into this half marathon. My brain kept telling me, ” This is not what’s suppose to happen. I should feel more motivated after being able to finish a half marathon” but I just couldn’t get out.
What followed after the first week of my half marathon was even more terrible. I felt sick. My sinuses have on and off been bothering me. I tend to wake up every morning with stuffed nose and a pinching in my throat. Something aggravated the sinus and I was down with cold and fever for couple days.
I don’t know if there is any scientific term for this condition or if this is qualifies to be any sort of “condition”. But the feeling that ruled my mind for two weeks after my first half marathon was terrible. I had to find out ways to get out of it.
What did I do to get out of the limbo?
Wait out and take a break.
I decided may be it is my body telling me to take rest, have a break, chill out. I decided not to run at all. There was no strength training, no resistance training, no conditioning at all. All I did was lay down in bed and take care of myself by enjoying this break. Being in bed was equally excruciating as running the half marathon itself. I couldn’t do it. Felt low and depressed. What felt worse, was that kept thinking about how I am not doing any of my barefoot training as well.
I had to get out of this situation. Hence, to bring back my motivation I watched sports documentaries on Netflix. This trick has always helped me and is my go to whenever I am feeling down M y favorite of all time is of-course: the movie: Desert Runners. I watched that along with: Prefontaine and Miracle on Ice. This helped in pumping my mind. After each of these movies, I would feel the urge to get into my shoes and sprint out the door. However, I contained and waited it out. Waited for the week to get over and take it easy and plan for next steps.
So what’s after a half marathon.
I thought of couple options:
- I could train and run Half Marathon again but with a better timing
- Or, I could train for a marathon.
I decided to go with option two: Training for Marathon. I am not interested in my timing at this stage but just on building enough endurance. So wish me luck.
Here’s my training plan for a Marathon: Training for a Marathon