Battling My Way Through The Post Liverpool Half Marathon Blues.
So its been 3 days since I ran the Liverpool Half Marathon and I am experiencing the dreaded post race deflation.
This seems to happen every fucking time after a major race. I spend months thinking about how great the event will be and then it will come and go and I’ll be restless and sad for a few days after.
I’m not getting down on myself for taking it easier this week though. Here’s why.
- Running is getting easier for me even though I’m running faster than before – My Liverpool Half Marathon pictures are up online and I am actually smiling in one of them. I don’t look like I’m dying in any of them. This is significant as I always look like I’m struggling when running races (mainly because I often am!).
- I’m accepting my lack of motivation as a temporary blip – The best way to end a bad spell is to just fucking end it right there and then. I’m doing that tomorrow morning at 5:30am.
- I’m only feeling run down as I gave the Liverpool half my best shot – I’d rather feel a little tired now than regret not having tried in the race. Fatigue lasts for a few days, regret can last a lifetime.
- The last time I felt this shitty was immediately after the Brighton Half –The next week brought radical improvements in pace. Who’s to say that it can’t happen again?
- This leads in nicely to my next point…… I’m damn close to breaking the two hour half marathon – I don’t have to improve much more to achieve that. It’s within reach now. If I just keep going then I have an excellent chance to break that goal at my next half marathon. If I backslide then I’ll have more ground to cover. Instead I will take advantage of the momentum I’ve generated for myself and break through the slump.
- I’m listening to my body by not running at the minute – It’s fucking tired after relentless 40 mile weeks since August. There is nothing wrong with kicking back and hitting an easy 30 once in a while. I am not gonna risk burn out for the sake of a few extra miles.
- I’ve survived worse – I’ve been in the situation before where I didn’t feel like running and I left it more than a week before my return. If I make my return early and keep eating OK then I won’t lose any fitness. The key is to strike early
- Talking about my slump doesn’t just help me – By writing about my lack of motivation I’m hopefully giving someone out there comfort if they are lacking inspiration at the minute. Sometimes progress is slow and even if things get better you won’t always feel amazing. You’ll feel downright shitty. But it passes and before you know it you’ll be on the up once more!