Post-marathon blues

Well it’s been a little over two weeks since the NYC Marathon. Man, I can’t believe it’s only been two weeks, it feels like an eternity. The week after the marathon is always the worst for me. After the marathon high over the next day or so, muscle soreness sets in, and then boom, the post-marathon blues are in full force. What’s worst in the first week is that you’re not ready to start running yet, mostly physically, but you’re itching to find something to do, at least that is how it is for me.

This year, I am suffering from double post-marathon blues. Even though I trained for roughly the same amount of time, I ran two marathons with two different sets of goals and a whole heck of a lot of time was dedicated to these marathons during the training season, more so than any other cycle. Josh usually calls it withdrawal when I’m cranky, but I figured there was a more scientific explanation for my mood swings over the couple of weeks after the marathon. So what do you do when you’re trying to self-diagnose, you Google it! There is a lot written about this topic but the article I found most helpful is this one from

There are so many emotions running through my mind during this period of post-marathon blues:

  • —When can I start running again?
  • —I’m jealous of everyone else out there running.
  • —But it’s so cold outside. I can’t run outside.
  • —I need another race. I need to break my PR.
  • —What do I do with myself with all this extra time?
  • —Rehashing the details of both races over and over, if I had just… I would have run a PR… or if I had done this, I would have broken my time by…
  • —Crap, I think I’m eating the same amount of food I was when I was marathon training. I’m going to get fat. And the holidays are coming. I’m really going to get fat. [Weigh myself over and over or stop weighing myself and assume I’m getting fat.]
  • —I’m going to lose my fitness. I won’t be able to run another marathon again.

So what have I been doing to conquer these blues?

  • —Spending time with friends and family.
  • —Eating and drinking whatever they want. I spend so much time during the training season worrying about what I eat and drink and for once, I want to be flexible.
Good thing my birthday was a week after the marathon!

Good thing my birthday was a week after the marathon!

  • —Getting more sleep on the weekends! 🙂
  • —Running a couple of times a week, so far no distance longer than 5.5 miles and all relatively easy runs.
running + coffee = best combination in the morning

running + coffee = best combination in the morning

  • —Barre classes at Local Barre when I feel like it, no more having to stick to a schedule around running.
  • —Trying new cross training options – I’m in love with all the spin classes at Prime Cycle. I’m hoping to get a handful of them in a week.
beyond obsessed...

beyond obsessed…

  • —Working on other personal projects. I signed up for Goodreads this weekend and am so excited to eventually add all of my books especially the wish list ones! I also signed up for Newsblur to track all of my blog reading in one place.
  • —Spending more time at work. Okay, you can look at this from a positive or negative perspective, but during the training season, I always have something after work that I need to get to. Finally, I can relax during the last meetings of the day and not rush out.
  • —Looking back on pictures from the race. Ahh, reliving the memories! 🙂
Acting a little crazy at our team post-marathon happy hour

Acting a little crazy at our team post-marathon happy hour

  • —Setting new running goals. Regardless of whether I am training for a spring marathon, I’d like to join a running club to help get me through the winter months. Also, I am planning on signing up for some shorter races (4-miler this weekend and entered the lottery for the NYC Half).
  • —Thinking about which spring marathon to sign up for. I am hoping to announce this within the next couple of weeks.
  • —Planning run-unions with my running buddies. A bunch of us are signed up for the Race to Deliver 4-miler in Central Park this Sunday and are planning to meet up for brunch afterwards.

So far I’ve been doing okay. The second week was definitely better than the first week once I got back into an exercise routine (I guess I am addicted to endorphins) but still not feeling 100%. I am looking forward though to Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday of the year) and that same weekend, we have a wedding to go to, so it will be really nice to catch up with more family and friends.

Do you suffer from post-marathon blues as well?

What do you do to conquer your post-marathon blues?

1st-time Marathoner Spotlight: Carrie

The one piece of advice I always give to first time marathoners (in training) is to appreciate your experience because any other marathon or long distance race after the first one will never be the same. You will always compare your next experiences with the first one… crowds, course, time, training, the list goes on. The NYC Marathon is a perfect first marathon (and may spoil you for the future) because no other marathon in the world will ever compare especially when you have the good fortune to train on the course and call NYC home.

I’ve known Carrie for a couple of years now before either one of us became marathoners. I thought it would be interesting to have Carrie share her experiences from the perspective of a first time marathoner who just completed the NYC Marathon (CC – me, CB – Carrie).

Congratulations Carrie on an incredible achievement and I am so proud to call you my friend and teammate!!

the amazing Carrie!

the amazing Carrie!


Athletes to End Alzheimer's team on marathon morning

Athletes to End Alzheimer’s team on marathon morning

CC: Why did you want to run a marathon?
CB: Prior to running the NYC marathon, I had run four half marathons and running a marathon was something I have always wanted to do. After seeing my sister run the NYC marathon in 2013, the race itself is so inspiring and exciting, I knew I had to sign up. I worked to complete NYRR’s 9 + 1 in 2013 and was excited to finally start training in 2014. Running a marathon gives you a sense of accomplishment, a challenge and makes you a stronger person. I enjoyed learning as much as I could about running and really embraced the entire process. I have played team sports my entire life, and knew that to prepare for the marathon, doing so in a team environment would be the most effective for me. I researched many charity teams and wanted to run with Alzheimer’s due to the smaller size of the team and wonderful cause they are supporting.

CC: What made you decide to run the NYC Marathon as your first marathon?
CB: Growing up in Larchmont, NY, 30 minutes outside of Manhattan, NYC is my home turf. I remember growing up and seeing my friend’s parents run the marathon. I am lucky to have such an amazing course in my backyard. I have lived in the city for 7 years and grew up in the suburbs of Manhattan so it just made sense. I don’t know if I realized when I signed up that NYC is such a tough, hilly course, but as the song goes, “if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere…” and I am looking forward to trying my hand at a flatter “fast” course someday soon.

Carrie and I during the training season

Carrie and I during the training season

CC: What do you think helped most during the training?
CB: Being part of an amazing team like Athletes to End Alzheimer’s. The coaches were very supportive and dedicated to the team. I really can’t imagine training alone and not having anyone to answer all of my first timer questions and concerns. Being part of a team, also exposed me to many marathon “veterans” who would share their tips and wisdom on the “dos and don’ts” of marathoning. It was comforting to be around people who had so much knowledge and experience. Lastly, being on a team causes you to push yourself harder than you would alone. I have trained for several half marathons and did not feel nearly as prepared or strong in those races.

CC: What is the one piece of advice that was most helpful?
CB: 1) Not to go out too fast – this is easier said than done but an important tip that I kept in my mind as I was running on Sunday. 2) As one of my coaches put it, “the marathon is just the icing on the cake”…knowing that the hard part of running a marathon is the countless hours you put in and the weekly commitment you make to training. Being confident in your preparation and just enjoying the race and being in the moment. I think it is important to mentally prepare yourself as much as possible and knowing that I was prepared and could do it, helped me not to freak out as I was heading into my corral.

CC: What do you wish you knew before Sunday?
CB: It’s great to have a goal or a time in mind, but completing a marathon in and of itself is an incredible accomplishment that one should celebrate. Sometimes the conditions don’t go in your favor and even with perfect conditions, you never know what could happen on the course. Remember that running a marathon alone makes you part of an elite percentage of people and take pride in that accomplishment.

Congrats Carrie!

Congrats Carrie!

CC: What advice would you give someone who will be running NYC as their first marathon?
CB: Join a team and run for charity! Not only will you be helping to raise awareness and do good in this world but you will push yourself harder than you would otherwise. Plus, the running community in NYC is second to none and meeting other “crazy” runners to hang out with is never a bad thing! 😉

CC: What other races do you want to run next?
CB: I am looking forward to getting more halves under my belt. A half is a great distance! I am thinking about the NYC half or maybe traveling to do one in a fun destination like Miami. Marathons: I would like to run NYC again – I personally don’t feel it’s a race that you can do just once. I have unfinished business with NYC and would like to try to run it without 40 mph winds…other than that, I think it would be fun, and a dramatically different experience to try to run a flat course like Chicago or the Marine Corps in Washington, DC.

Carrie and her sister with the marathon winners, Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany

Carrie and her sister with the marathon winners, Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany