The days after a marathon can be painful, both physically and emotionally. The physical pain is obvious (cramps, chafing, soreness, etc.) but the emotional pain is a little less evident. You spent so much time preparing for the race, training, thinking about it, anticipating it. Now that it’s over it feels like you’ve lost a friend.
To combat this feeling I have a few tricks that help me re-live the marathon for a few days after.
Tricks to re-live your marathon experience
1. Write a recap – The best way to relive something is to write it down. When you write, you generate pictures in your mind that feel just like the actual experience.
2. Find some pictures – I like to search through Flickr.com and look at the pictures of the race. It’s nice to find pictures of me joggling (e.g. Perry Joggling chicago 2011) but it’s also cool to see all the different costumes, signs and crazy things going on that you missed.
3. Read reports – You can re-live the marathon by reading what the newspapers said about it and reviewing what some running bloggers have said.
4. Tell your story – Your friends and family will ask you about the marathon and when they do, don’t hesitate to tell them your story. Highlight some of your favorite moments but be careful not to bore people. Unless you’re asked directly about it, stop talking about your marathon after about a week.
5. Plan your next race – One way to stop the post-race blues is to find a new race or new challenge to do. I’m thinking about an early year marathon or ultra marathon. Next year I really do want to finally do the 100+ miler. My new inclusion in the Guinness World Record book for joggling has re-inspired me to try to set a new world record.
These things work for me but it still takes me a few days to get over the post-race blues. What do you do?
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