After my success at Columbia City in November, I was flying high and wanted to keep running. I had major "post-race let-down" and just wanted to keep running forever!
Yeah, no such reaction this time. I was just over it, even before I ran the Flying Pig marathon. I texted my friend at 5:30 am that day and said I'm over it! It's not fun anymore. Going to bed at 8:30 pm, waking up at 4am and slathering my body with Vaseline, trying to force myself to ingest 1000 calories before sunrise - it all became a huge chore and no part of marathoning was worth it anymore.
Fast forward to Saturday. I haven't missed a weekend run since I had stress fractures in spring 2011. Last weekend, however, no desire whatsoever! I had been looking forward to staying home and watching tv and relaxing. It's exactly what I did and I loved it!
I let several more days go by and still no desire to run. It finally got to Thursday, eleven days after the last race and I realized I needed to get going again, or I was going to lose it, lose my cardio capacity, lose my muscle tone, gain back the weight, so I forced myself to run after work. It wasn't a great day to run - 85 degrees! Yikes! I wanted to do a quickie little run of about two miles. I did 2.15, which was quite good enough.
I had considered the Great Lakes Bay marathon for months. It's close enough, but now that it's here, I have no desire to go do it. The medal is nice, the shirt is nice, but neither is incentive enough to do another marathon. My body still feels beat up and exhausted and I don't need to abuse it again this soon.
I'm getting back together with my boyfriend Hal in June, but until then, I'm taking it easy with 1-2 midweek runs and a Saturday run of no more than 1 hour.
He says I can take one full day for every mile of the marathon. Since Cincy was 35.5, so I really get over a month of no running??? :D