Monday, November 5, 2012

Goal Achieved....NOW WHAT!?

So today, this post is less about my own thoughts, and more of a question for each of you who have had experience running a half or full marathon.  I would love some input from you all! 

As many of our readers know, I ran my first half marathon almost 2 weeks ago! It was a wonderful experience I loved training for it! I enjoyed so much the love for running that I gained, and the sense of accomplishment that I felt over myself after I achieved this goal. It was great! 

Then I guiltlessly planned to take Monday & Tuesday of that week off to recover.  I did a lot of stretching on those days, and if I didn't have to work so much I would have attended a yoga class on Monday. 

Then Wednesday rolled around and I did nothing, then Thursday, nothing, it wasn't until the following Sunday, a week later that I finally did something with myself.  I asked my husband to come on a short 2 mile run with me.  Just because I needed some motivation to actually do it.  

It was such a weird place to be because I had just run 13.1 miles, and yet didn't know what to do after that. It wasn't necessarily that I didn't want  to workout, but that I didn't know what to do. 

So my question for you readers, is how do you pick back up and continue working out after such a long run. 

 This definitely is not just a one time goal for me, I always work out, and already have my next half planned 16 weeks from now.  It was just a new thing to achieve such a big goal and then continue moving forward.  I am just interested to see what kind of runs/workouts you continue doing the week after a half.  And, do any of you struggle with this MENTAL SLUMP as I call it?? 


  1. Please don't beat yourself up for taking a week to rest! You've got to take care of yourself and listen to your body/mood. I've run a few half, but I don't really have any great advice for you - other than just do it! It's great you have your next race already scheduled. I think that will really help with the mental slump.

    I just ran a half this past Saturday. In order to aid in my recovery, I took a short walk later that afternoon. I planned to run a mile before work this morning, but I decided to finish writing my recap instead. lol.

    Sorry for rambling. I really just go for a walk and do light running to ease myself back into it.

    1. thanks so much for the encouragement and feedback! his helps a lot! I think a lot of the not doing anything had to do with how busy my work schedule was that week, even after the 8am-5pm hours!

  2. That's a good question. I remember after I ran my first 5k, it was a HUGE accomplishment for me and I also took a week off to recover and soak in the excitement. I agree with Clarinda. Don't beat yourself up! Be proud of your accomplishment, recover and get back at it!! My first half is scheduled for 12/9. I'm SUPER excited!!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement! And yay for your first half! It is such an amazing feeling to accomplish that!!! Good Luck!

      *Also, we sale lots of 13.1 stuff through our facebook page---headbands (bondi bands), mugs/tumblers/water bottles, decals for your car. Stop by and look when you are ready to flaunt your 13.1 accomplishments :-)

  3. I ran my 1st Half on September 30th. I took a week off, then started back training for my 2nd half that I am running this Sunday. I understand what you are saying. I kinda miss that initial training excitement. It's not the same. But such is life. I plan to just keep running. After this half, I am taking a couple weeks to just do some shorter runs and sleep in. Then I will get back to adding in longer runs. I have quite a few half marathons in my future! I also need to add back in my Power lift class. I think the variety will do me some good.

    Good luck with your future races and the mental slump!

    1. Awesome good luck this week! and yes I have 16 weeks until my next half so I'm taking it easy with fun short/medium runs and lots of weight training for the next few weeks until I kick it back into gear to start training up again!

      Hey if you need 13.1 stuff to flaunt your accomplishments we have tons of fun things on our facebook page!