Post race blues?
Thought it about time I actually posted something. Been keeping my head down after the WHW race. It’s been a strange month and I’ve had a few injury concerns, but building back up to peak training weeks.
First things first – a question!
Post race blues – is this a recognised condition?
It doesn’t seem to be talked about much. Maybe it isn’t real? Or maybe it doesn’t affect the full-time athletes as much as there is no ‘normal’ to return to after the event. Most of us anyway have to return to our normal day-to-day working lives only days after a lengthy physical event like the West Highland Way race. I was back in work a couple of days after and whilst I expected it to be ok (at least for the first few hours) I wasn’t really prepared for the slump that followed.
I know it was only a race but I did learn a lot about myself and where I want to head. As a consequence however, it has made this normal stuff all the more unbearable. Some of it all seems so pointless and it can be hard to muster the energy for it when your heart is elsewhere. Combine that with a training break, no definite race plans and some brand-new aches and pains (including a surprise guest appearance of ‘Kankles’!) I really hit a low.
Am I the only one? How do you best manage this period?
So, onward and upward now. The running is getting better again although I still wouldn’t claim to be 100%. Slowly building back up to a decent mileage last week and stayed off the WHW to feed my desire for some new routes. I decided against the 2011 Clyde Stride race. I wanted to do it but I listened to my body and did my own thing instead. Some pics below from a few recent runs. ‘Pyllon Points’ for any correct answers as to locations (from anyone who doesn’t read my tweets!):
Clues: pics cover 5 x different runs J
Next up for me is the Devil O’ the Highlands race on the 6th August. Should give me a chance to rid myself of the evil Kinlochleven navigational demons once and for all. Go straight on Paul, go straight on!!! Looking forward to it and hoping for an easier recovery.
Maybe see some of you there!?