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Runner's High and Runner's Lows

Two weeks ago, I ran in my first RunDisney event, an event that I had been looking forward to for months.  When it was over, I had my runner's high for a few days.  It's the best feeling that can't be explained.  If you run, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  And then it happened-- my post race blues.  

I stared at my running shoes and found so many excuses not to put them on-- it was too hot, I was tired, I had laundry to do, I should take my dogs for a walk, I should clean...... These were things I normally avoided so I could run.  And now here I was doing these things so I didn't "have to run."  This lasted for a few days until I finally made myself put the shoes on and go for a run.  (And getting some new running gear definitely helped-- who doesn't love new gear?!)

And I ran.  It wasn't pretty.  It wasn't fast.  It wasn't far.  But still, I ran.  And then I ran again the next day and again the day after.  Finally, I found my "Run Happy" pace again.  Once again, I'm looking at my shoes and wondering when I can put them on to run.  Fortunately, my next month is full of races-- just as the post-race blues will be ready to set-in, I'll be off to another run.  But this wasn't the first time I had the post-races blues and I definitely know it won't be the last.  Until then, I'll just keep on running.

Do you get post-race blues?  What do you do to help get back into your running groove? 

Until next time, happy running!


  1. The post race blues are a very real thing! I have a feeling you will have no troubles getting back in the swing of things!


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