I didn't think that Post-Marathon Blues was actually a thing, but oh boy, I sure did get really affected by it. Having to take 3+ weeks off due to an injury after the marathon really sets you back more than you know it.
During mile 20 of the LA Marathon, I somehow injured my left foot which made it hurt EXTREMLY bad even while walking or being on my feet for a long period of time. It forced me to stay off of my feet until I fully recovered and that really threw me off my running schedule.
I've been trying to jump back into running, but I've had a hard time trying to stay consistent. I've also found it really hard to get my rhythm back while running. I feel like I can't catch my breath and that I just get tired too quickly. I haven't been able to run anything past 3-ish miles since after the marathon and it's actually been really bumming me out lately.
In a way, I feel like I'm starting over, like my whole running journey is back on a clean slate. I'm a beginner again. How though? I ran a full marathon, but now I'm struggling to even run 3 miles. It's so crazy how quickly we can fall off by taking some time off, but that stops HERE.
Although I'm not training for anything at the moment, I decided to start scheduling my runs again. Obviously, "running when I have time" isn't cutting it for me. Planning my runs is what helped me stay consistent during marathon training and there should be no reason why it wouldn't help me now.
In reality, we're all human and injuries happen. It's part of the sport of running. If it was easy, anyone would do it. I share my ups and downs in hopes to not only keep myself motivated by reading back on what I'm going through, but also for others to see that it's not always perfect. There WILL be ups and downs, you will find yourself struggling at times, but you just have to pick yourself up and stay dedicated. Do whatever it's going to take to get out there and run.
xo, DIANA KAREN