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??