Before I really got into running races, I remember reading an article somewhere back in the day about post-marathon depression and I thought to myself, “Really? That sounds silly – just keep running!”
It sometimes freaks me out how addicting running is. It’s like being a healthy drug addict (not that I would know what being a drug addict is like). But it’s true. It’s something that I have to have ALL the time (my husband would attest to this). Vacations are planned around my run/race schedule, I am ALWAYS researching races and signing up for something and I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have something I was training for. I just ran my second full marathon and I already have two half-marathons coming up in March & April.
Even with the continuation of crazy running, races planned and so on, it still is possible to have post-race blues. It makes sense if you think about it. You work so hard for so long to reach a certain goal. The event comes and goes and you live off the high for a little bit, then settle back into reality and think, “now what?” My answer above to keep signing up for races is how I cope with the “post-race blues” but it still doesn’t really get the job done. I can only run so many races and try so many times to break my PR.
So what is the answer? What happens when you reach the point of no return? I guess as long as I can keep running, whatever distance I choose and it keeps me happy and healthy, it doesn’t really matter what the answer to that question is…right?