We’ve all had one. The hangover from some epic/awesome experience in our lives. Be it a wild night of partying, an amazing weekend or vacation, or the high comin’ off a glorious marathon.
Symptoms include: headache, dehydration, nostalgia, lack of motivation, and weight gain.
Most ‘hangovers’ hit hard right away and wane in a matter of days. But oh no, not this one.
It’s been 2 months since The Boston Marathon (time: where have you gone so quickly?!) and I’m still hungover.
Truth be told, I’ve been dabbling in running 2-3 times a week (opposed to the 6-8 times/60+ weekly miles I had been before). Mostly short stuff. Though I’m registered for two pretty rad events this summer (Aug 10: Georgetown to Idaho Springs 13.1 & Aug 24: Iron Girl Sprint Tri), my motivation to train could use some inspiration. I know I’ll get there though, because I’ve got one major post-marathon-hangover-symptom lingering in a bad way:
Fellow marathoners, you know what I’m talkin’ about. The post-marathon weight gain that chews at your insecurities and body image. Let’s be real: it’s not awesome.
I stepped on the scale for the first time in two months today and saw a number 8 pounds higher than where I was before Boston. Yikes. It doesn’t matter what you weigh; you can feel 8 additional pounds. That’s just how it is.
I’m not one to stress about the number on a scale but 8lbs is enough to face the music. Usually, as long as I feel good on the inside, I feel good about my body. But these past two months? I’ve been turning a blind eye. Feeling less awesome on the inside. And that’s just the motivation I needed to get goin’ again.
I’m ready to get back to 5ish runs a week. I love running and I’ve been takin’ it easy long enough. I’m ready for hill climbs on the trails I love and getting lost on new ones.
The point of this blog post was to fess up (acceptance is the first step, right?), announce my game plan (keeping myself accountable), and rally the troops. Bloggers are a great community of motivators and I love reading about all your running adventures. So keep ’em coming, ok? Your active lifestyles inspire me!
So cheers to a fresh start! (we’re cheers’ing with water, though, obvi.)
Hangover be gone!