Drugged Out On Running

Marathon #7.

You’d think by now I’d be over getting the post marathon blues. But noooooooooo…

Here we are, post marathon, deep in the midst of depression. This is SO bizarre.

I have run 7 marathons, 6 of which have been Boston Qualifiers. I secured my 2018 Boston run with the Kansas City marathon. It was my second fastest marathon of my career despite the despicable conditions. In fact, all three of my marathons this year were run in despicable conditions, yet I ran them all well and qualified for Boston with all three.

How I REALLY feel

How I REALLY feel

Still, here I sit, deep in the pit. Granted, there is way much more going on in my life besides running marathons, and no doubt the return to reality after each one I ran this year makes the ascent out of the hole that much harder to fathom.

They say that the best thing to do is to plan your next race. But doing that isn’t all that easy. Registering for my next event is a crap shoot, as I still don’t know where Charmed Running will take us. But I realize I have to take the bull by the horns and just do the deed…and hope the rest will follow.

fargomarathon

Charmed Running’s Fargo Marathon Shoelace Charm

Therefore, I did it. I entered to run the 2017 Fargo Marathon on May 20th. There are a few pros and cons to doing this run. Of course, the pros would be running in a brand new state. I’ve never been to Fargo before, and I’ve heard great things about the city. I’ve also heard it is a flat and fast course. I like that! We’ve also got a good chance of bringing Charmed Running to the expo.

The cons? The weather is as fickle in North Dakota as it is in Minnesota. It could be snowing, or it could be 90°. But, the weather is the least of my worries. It is also decisively close to Grandma’s Marathon in June, and I would more than love to run that again. Besides, we don’t know anyone in Fargo. So, we’d have to engage in a hotel stay, which means spending more money than we have right now.

BUT, as I sat and stared at my computer screen for more than an hour yesterday morning contemplating my registration, I was shocked and excited to see that Fargo offers an insurance policy. With more than 7 days notice, I can forfeit my marathon entry without any guilt, and just lose what I paid for the insurance. It was like it was meant to be. Plus, they extended the registration date for the early entrance fee by 24 hours. I still had an in.

I grabbed it.

I guess I best start looking at hotels.

Today

A runner's sky

A runner’s sky

I woke up excited to run. This hasn’t happened since the marathon. I’ve been stiff. Not so much sore…but stiff. I know much of it has to do with my lack of self PT. It’s time to get back with the program. I can’t ever assume that I’m totally “healed” because as it stands, now that I’m in my 50s, I can’t get away with doing nothing. I need to keep up.

It was just slightly uncomfortably cool when I got started. I like it this way. I wish it had lasted a little longer through the run, but I got started a little later than I would have liked. Still, I run better this way.

Yeah, I pushed it. But the sky was breathtaking, and I thought if I got my heart rate pumping, the love of the run would return three fold.

It did. But with it came the realization that I’m not getting any younger. And I need to be smarter about my training. I promised I’d back off after this marathon, yet, I’ve neglected to do so. I think that is why I’m stiff…it’s karma. It’s a sign.

I don’t have to begin training for Fargo until February. In the meantime, it would be a good idea to stick to my intentions. Funny that I can do that with so many things, except running. Running is my weakness. It’s my obsession. It’s my drug. I’m horribly addicted.

Sure, there are worse things to be addicted to. But for now…for me…it’s critical.

I need to check myself in so that by the new year, I can check myself out.

And run like the wind…for another year.

Can you relate?

2 Responses to Drugged Out On Running

  1. Amber says:

    I’m right there with you – 2 days after having a miserable race at the Marine Corps Marathon, I signed up for a 50k lottery… I find out in a week if I got in!

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