Post Marathon: Coming off the runners high

It has been almost a full week since the marathon and dare I say I am feeling awesome?! Don’t want to jinx anything, but I only had muscle soreness/minor hip flexor pain for a couple days.

I did however fall into an “I’m taking a few necessary rest days so OBVIOUSLY frozen yogurt with lots of chocolate should be on the menu”—it was only twice but I made both times count. Cookies N’ Cream frozen yogurt is considered Paleo, right?? Thanks Stephanie for introducing me into an evil world of chocolatey goodness.

By Tuesday I was feeling lazy and bit down, like I had come off a marathon “high”. I had big plans to run after work but then the dog was sick. And it started to rain a bit. And then the sun went down. So I skipped it. (Ahhh what are these excuses??? Katie who are you??)

Wednesday was a new day. I was determined. Plus I was starting to think “If you don’t use it, you lose it”. So even though I was feeling tired and a little unmotivated by the end of the work day (which is why I love 5am wakeup runs!) I grabbed some coffee and dragged myself down to the gym at work. Once I laced up my sneakers, I instantly felt better. It’s amazing how just putting on your workout gear can get you in the right mindset. I went and ran 2.5 miles, did a mini CrossFit WOD, then ran another 1.5 miles. It was nothing crazy, long, or speedy but it felt fantastic. So fantastic that I couldn’t wait to do it again! So Thursday on my lunch break (awesome benefit to having a gym and locker rooms w/showers at work!) I went and ran another 4 miles. Lunchtime running is the best solution for the afternoon slump. For some reason Thursday I was feeling pretty great (either leftover endorphins from Wednesday or trying to make up for a lazy Sunday-Tuesday). Since last week was marathon mode, I hadn’t been to CrossFit since last Wednesday so I was itching to be back. So Thursday after work I ran to CrossFit(1.25mi), did a really fun WOD, and ran home (1.25mi). Yesterday was awesome. So awesome that I was back there again at 6am this morning (are you noticing a pattern here?)

10.18.12 WOD

10.19.12 WOD

 

Moral of the story: It feels good to be back into my routine.

What do you do to motivate yourself out the door? Do you ever fall into a funk when you break routine? Does it cause you to eat your body weight in chocolate? Happy Friday Everyone!

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2 thoughts on “Post Marathon: Coming off the runners high

  1. I really like how you still make it happen. I like your drive and determination! Reading your post just sounded strong.

    Im a just do it person myself….if i feel like it, i just do it…i want someone like u! 🙂

  2. next friday i plan to jog 4o miles….i dont know how my body will like me afterwards, but ill find out soon enough……..

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