End of September was my third marathon. I knew it would be hard and that I wasn’t ready to crush it but I gave it my best and made it through. I am ok regarding my performance since I am able to rationalize it and see what went wrong. Still, I am in this slump. I’ve had it after NYC and Boston, regardless of my performance.
I’ve had a hard time putting the shoes back and getting outside. I keep a positive mindset and my body isn’t hurting, I just don’t feel like it. I ran a 5k a few days ago. All along, it felt good. I had a fairly fast pace and not so much discomfort. To be honest, the last km, my legs were heavy but I kept on going. But the energy it required for me to just get out was significant.
I have no race planned ahead as the Canadian winter is approaching. I even skipped my last MEC race of the season. I was just not feeling it. I know self diagnosis are usually bad, but the post marathon syndrome is hard on me. I really think I’ll dedicate a section on this blog to this syndrome and tips, tricks and other possible solutions. Right now, I think I’ll have to make a commitment to myself, for 3-4 weeks, to do a long run on the weekend, and 2 short ones on week days.
In my quest for motivation, I ran across the earth’s circumference. Of course over 40’000 km (24 900 miles) is way to high as a motivational objective but the other characteristics can help. I’ve made the calculations are I am almost all the way through Pluto. Next goal will be to reach the center of Mercury.
Maybe that will help get some motivation & commitment. We’ll see.