Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Post-Race Blues

I'm sure many of you have experienced the post-race blues.  You train hard for the race, working day in and day out to be ready to perform your best.  You put in a nice performance and feel great about it after the race.  Yet, a few days later, here comes the emptiness and apathy.  Where did all my energy go ?  Why am I not focused  ? Why don't I get up with a hop in my step at 4:45 AM anymore ?  Well, I've got a full blown case of the post-race blues, and I need something to get me out of the funk.

I went back and took a look at the 3-week period after the 2007 Grand Tetons 100 Mile Race, and compared my weekly mileage to this year's same 3-week period.  Interesting - I've run slightly more mileage this year then last year, but I can sure see a drop-off in mileage then my usual 40-mile weeks.  Here's a look :

2007:
Wk 1 - 0.0 miles
Wk 2 - 10.04 miles
Wk 3 - 25.86 miles
Total  - 35.90 miles

2008:
Wk 1 - 5.0 miles
Wk 2 - 21.61 miles
Wk 3 - 13.10 miles
Total  - 39.71 miles

I suppose it is time to kick it back into gear.

17 comments:

  1. I hear ya. I had some serious post race blues, still have them a bit. I am trying to shake out of it. You will too. You just need to come down south and run some 50Ks with us :)

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  2. Perhaps adding 30 minutes to your commute is also weighing you down. Take to the hills ... no better therapy. Go visit your favorite mama pig .. she'll grunt at you and you'll smile again :)

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  3. Tony,
    First off, why are you even looking at your mileage during the three weeks after a 100. They are irrelevant. You're going to get the blues after a race of this magnitude anyway and focusing on post-race mileage isn't doing you any favors. Relax, pick up a six-pack (or two), and watch some more football next weekend. Concentrate on doing what you want to do for a couple of weeks rather than what you "should" be doing!

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  4. Right on, Tony! You may want to start drinking now with the way the Mets are playing!

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  5. I always encourage excessive beer consumption for any kind of "blues."

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  6. Jess - of course...all I have to do is spend a few minutes at your blog and I'm tipsy.

    Goat - a bit of follow up. You are right about looking at mileage. I really wasn't thinking bout it, but only looked to see a comparison to assure myself that taking it easy was what I did last year. I now have 2 cases ready to be consumed.

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  7. You've run a lot of miles this year. The 3 week chillin' period is your body looking for some recovery. It's all good. No worries bro...

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  8. You've got a solid season of training and racing behind you already. You can't discount that training. If the body says rest, then you better rest. If it says beer, give it beer! Plenty of time to turn it up before Javelina.

    -Ira

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  9. I say screw the beer and just go for the hard liquor already :P

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  10. Just relax and sit back and consume those cases of beer. You would not want them to go to waste.

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  11. Ok, so you're not in the mood for running - what's the big deal? You set a lofty goal (your words not mine)for GTTR and spent a good portion of the year focusing on training for that event. And guess what? You set a PR there in the worst conditions - Awesome stuff! Now, it sounds like you don't know what to look forward to. Take time off if you need it. Ride a bike, go for a walk, run if you feel like it ... drink that beer. You WILL get over the blahs soon enough. Then you can focus on JJ100and whatever else you have planned. Any fitness you lose from not running these past few weeks will be minor. Go do something you wanted to but didn't have time because you were running.

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  12. Tony,
    If you are worried about being ready for JJ... you could not run JJ. Remember that FOMO you suffer from?

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  13. It's a good sign that you have the blues and are eager to get back into the game. Too often people enjoy the recovery weeks, until they last for months and that's not a good sign.

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  14. Wow - you put some real pressure on yourself. All your energy will come back.

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  15. what I find interesting is that when you don't think about your mileage, it's still consistent (except for last week) --you need to just revel in your GT accomplishment and be proud of yourself and not worry -and pretty soon a goal will come up. I am grappling with whether I really am up for a 24 hour race...fall Pumpkin ale beer will also cure the blues:)))

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  16. totally normal..I hope you went to the movie and had popcorn:)

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