Friday, November 02, 2007

Post Marathon Blues

It has been difficult to make myself get out of bed at 5:30 in the morning to run since the marathon last month. I've been living with some "post marathon blues" and trying to work my way out of this funk. Now that Taylor is back in town I had no excuse as to why I shouldn't run this morning. The cold weather at that early hour is just one more deterant, but I dug down deep inside and pulled out some of that mental toughness I've been acquiring as a result of marathon training. Every step of the way until the last one I was wishing I was at home in my cozy bed next to my warm hubby all curled up and content. But when the run was over I was glad I had made the effort. It sets me on the right track for the rest of the day. As I go through my day I never regret having run at 5:30 am. I have to remind myself of that every single morning when I'm trying to drag myself out of bed: "I won't regret this. But I will regret staying in bed." Every run ends with increased feelings of accomplishment and self-worth. No amount of extra sleep can substitute for that.

Today I made a slide show of all of the pictures I was able to collect from my running buddies who ran the St. George Marathon with me. We had dinner together tonight and watched the slide show. After all the work I put into it, circumstances beyond my control (a slow internet connection) made the presentation a lot less exciting and memorable than I had hoped. At least everyone got to see the pictures. After all the time I put into it I see it fitting to share here. So go pop yourself some popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy watching me and a dozen of my closest friends endure hours of pain, sweat and fatigue. Enjoy!


M&M said...

Hey, is this post like deja vu? Are you trying to double rub it in that I didn't run this morning? Well, it worked! See you tomorrow!(At 7, not 5:30)

Polliwog said...

Good post. I'm going to remember it next week when I am definitely going to get out of bed to run.

ang said...

Fun slideshow.

Thanks for the inspiration to get myself OUT of bed and into my running shoes in the mornings!

kristi said...

kelly, thanks for sharing this blog with me.
it is really great for the few minutes that I have scanned through it.
once i am done typing i will get my ipod and garmin out of the chargers, get warmer clothes on my two kids and big blankets for the double jogger - they may freeze today and off to find some gloves for my little fingers.
what a fun bunch of gals!
and have you seen that new nike ad that says.
"someone busier than you is out there running - so what are you waiting for - get out there and hit the pavement!"
Have some great runs this week!

Chelle said...

Oh, I can so relate to the post-marathon blues. Mine lasted about two years. ha ha. I've run halfs since then, but it hasn't been 'til now that I have the "bug" again. I'm ready to go for another marathon. Isn't it strange how it comes and goes? At least that's how it works for me. And a marathon just isn't something you do until you feel it in your guts and bones! Too much of a commitment unless you feel like you actually WANT it badly.

loved the slide show AND the great running cartoons. so funny.

Team Hanni said...

That is the absolute truth about after a run - you never regret it. Even after my race Saturday, and I'm crawling up and down the stairs once again, it is so worth it.

I love the comics and the slide show. I want to do St. George so bad. Thanks for sharing your awesome race pictures.