Yes, I know the feeling - I call it post-marathon depression.
I ran my first marathon last summer and immediately after, felt happy to have finished (bad ankle pain from mile 22 on but was not going to DNF my first) but then, the feeling of "what next" started to creep in.....I had been training long and hard and then, poof! it was over.
But the worse depression set in after for me - the ankle did not heal quickly (no obvious break or ruptures but sharp pain with every step) - and I made it worse by not staying with my cane for as long as prescribed - pure vanity - didn't want to go visiting a friend on his boat as a "gimp."
So by trying to be the "tough girl" I prolonged the recovery. And prolonged the frustation of not being able to run and when I finally got back to running, I felt completely out of shape and dispirited. And then in early winter, when I had started to pick up the mileage again and getting back into stride, considering a spring marathon, I got hit with a major case of bronchitis - took me off the road again for over a month. More frustrations.....
But now I'm building base mileage again for the NYC marathon in the fall. With fingers crossed that I don't lose momentum again.
So why is it that we do all this - I think I'm a running junkie - gotta have a fix on a regular basis or it all goes bad.
Sorry, it's a longer answer than I intended but I hope your pain and blues pass quickly....
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