Post marathon blues. It’s a thing

Back home in Delhi (where I live) after running the Tata Mumbai Marathon, and I feel almost jet lagged.

2 days in a row, I’ve woken up at 5am, even though an early morning run isn’t/wasn’t on the cards.

I love running, but am definitely not running in the dark and in the cold and in the fog, when it’s not strictly necessary.

Here’s the weather, right now, at 6.00 as I sit and write.  See what I mean?

But it weird, this “jet-lagged” feeling.

I decided to Google it, as one does, and I’m clearly not alone in feeling a tad off-kilter, after running 42.195km.

There are any number of articles about feeling depressed and restless after a marathon.  That I don’t feel, not at all, but that’s probably because my next full is in exactly a month.

OK, OK, I exaggerate.

My next full marathon is in a month and a day.

Today is Jan 24th.

The New Delhi Marathon is Feb 25th.

So a month and a day it is!

There was an interesting analysis of why people feel depressed after completing a marathon in runnersworld.com:

Actually, rather than feeling any post-marathon blues, I’m already busy strategising for the next race, imagining how I can shave off those extra minutes, to try and improve upon last year’s timing.

Perhaps that’s why I’m waking up so early, since mentally I’m in training.  Might explain it.

If the Delhi weather behaves itself today, I’m planning on a first slow run after Bombay, to get the old bones working towards their next target.

Nothing like having a new plan.

February 25th.

Bring. It. On.

 

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