I have a bit of the post-marathon blues.
I trained hard for Grandma’s Marathon and it didn’t go the way I had hoped. I think another reason for the blues that normally when I finish a marathon, I have the next one selected and a potential trip booked to look forward to.
But this time? I’m a little lost. I don’t know what’s next on my racing schedule. I don’t have my next marathon planned.
Well, I know that I’m running a small town 5k for the 4th of July near Dustin’s family’s cabin and I have a handful of other shorter races on the horizon (the Endless Summer Trail Races, the Torchlight 5k) but I don’t know what my next marathon will be. It’s weird- I’m all out of sorts!
I took this week off entirely from running and I tried not to think about running that much. I haven’t really decided if I will do a “last-chance” marathon this fall or not. I’m leaning towards giving it a shot but I”m not certain, and if I do one, I don’t know which one.
(Here are some useful articles about post-marathon blues: Runner’s World, Complete Well-being, Running Fit.)
Here are the races that my coach suggested:
The Santa Rose Marathon:
When: August 28th
Where: Sonoma, California
I’m actually heading to Napa the weekend before this marathon for my sister’s 40th birthday, so this one doesn’t really work that well (Northern California two weekends in a row?) I have already run a marathon (two actually) in California so this does not fit into my 50 state goal either.
Last Chance BQ Grand Rapids:
When: Sept 10th
Where: Grand Rapids, Michigan
This one is close to my parents’ house, but its 6 laps of a 4 mile loop. It could be an interesting experience, but it could also suck. Really bad. I have already run a marathon in Michigan (the Grand Rapids Marathon in October, actually.)
Skagit Flats Marathon
When: Sunday, September 11th
Where: Burlington, Washington
I know nothing about this race. I have run a marathon already in Washington state (The Rock n Roll Seattle Marathon.)
The Ventura Marathon
When: Sunday, September 11th
Where: Ventura, California
I know nothing about this race. I have a run two marathons already in California.
Holland Haven Marathon
When: Saturday, September 11th
Where: Holland, Michigan
I know nothing about this race. I have run a marathon in Michigan already.
Big Cottonwood Marathon
When: Saturday, September 10th
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
This marathon has a TON of downhill, which sounds better than it is. The St. George Marathon in Utah also had a ton of downhill and without training on downhill, it will TEAR up your quads. I know this from experience, because I ran the St. George Marathon in 2011 (which was still one of my favorite marathons, even though it was tough). So, yes, I have already run a marathon in Utah so this one also doesn’t fit into my 50 state goal.
Do any of you have any advice on these races? Please share!
On to the weekly recap..Sure I’m not training for anything but it feels weird not recapping each week here!
Monday: Rest. Sadly, the Monday before Grandma’s, I had to put my cat Garth to sleep due to kidney failure. Exactly a week later, our second cat died of heart failure. Perhaps it was heartbreak.
It was a sad time in the Benson household. Poor Matilda lost all her furry friends!
Wednesday: Pure Barre. Title Nine Fit Fest preview party after work!
Thursday: [solidcore] at 5:30 am. Great class- I missed it so much!
Thursday evening, I hosted a potluck for all the girls in my running club that ran Grandma’s. It was fun celebrating all our hard training!
Friday: 45 minute “Jolt” spin class at Surge Cycling in the AM, 45 minutes of lap swim at the St. Louis Park Aquatic Center after work (in the sun!) It’s $5 after 5 for “Twilight Swim.” I was the only one in the lap lanes!
Saturday: My first run back and it was a doozy. So humid. I took it very slow and ended with 7 miles around a 9:35 pace. I wanted to get this first run back done as it always feels super clunky, as just as expected, it did. The heat and humidity did not help.
Sunday: Rest again! I thought about getting up early to run before we headed to the Pride Festival and parade, but instead I opted to sleep in.
Pride Festival! It was a beautiful day to celebrate LOVE.
Target gave away the glasses in the parade. 3M gave away the tape 🙂
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Honolulu marathon! Its fun! Start off with some fireworks by Ala Moana beach park, go through the Christmas lights, up and over diamond head…. If you’re used to marathons this will be an easy race for you! I struggled just because I had no idea what to expect for a full marathon (my very first marathon). I also heard the one in WA- not sure of the name of the race but it’s not the R&R Seattle and not the Skagit one either but another race near Seattle that’s supposed to be really fun and fast. Hope you can get… Read more »
Thank you Eri. I was just looking at the Honolulu marathon. Wow, expensive! $205 to register! Do you know why Japanese can’t register? My brother-in-law lives in Tokyo and if we did that marathon I think he’d like to join us…
Thanks for your kind words!
Yes he can!!!! They will have to register from a Japanese site. They are super Japanese friendly- I mean they have special tents and all the pampering stations just for these Japanese people! Yes….the registration fee went up 🙁 We signed up right after the New Years so it was cheaper and we got the Kamaaina rate (local rate). It’s super fun though!!! And just as an advice if you do plan this, make sure to book your hotel near the Zoo!!!!! Don’t do what we did- we got the hotel (yes we did even tho we live on this… Read more »
This is awesome and helpful information Eri! Thank you so much!
So sorry to hear about your cats. I’m sure that is compounding the post-marathon blues. Best of luck with your marathon decision!
Thanks Eric…You are definitely right. Their passing has added to the ‘out-of-sorts’ feeling lately. I know it will pass.
I’m so sad about your cats. Losing a beloved pet is the most awful thing and I’m thinking of you x
Thank you Allison. I know that has definitely added to my post-marathon blues…I miss those guys!
Whistlestop is cheap because it starts at the town where our cabin is! I’m guessing you’ve done WI already though.
Whistlestop looks like a fun one, but its a little too late for a “last chance BQ” since its October 15th. Great suggestion for the future though, CABIN PARTY 🙂
I know many people run Sioux Falls as another option for Boston. I would suggest Leading Ladies but miles 13 through 26.2 are a vicious downhill, and didn’t serve me last year. Beautiful race but for fun only!
Thanks so much Kristen. I had never heard of this Leading Ladies marathon! It actually looks pretty awesome and I haven’t run South Dakota yet (which also makes Sioux Falls an option, though its usually kind of hot, isn’t it? Clearly, I don’t do well in heat!)
Thanks so much for the info!
The post-marathon blues are real! I’m not sure it’s in time for the cutoff for BQ this year, but there is a small marathon in Columbus IN in Sept that’s supposed to be flat/fast (assuming the weather isn’t too warm, you never know in Sept). I haven’t done it yet, but a few friends have done the half, and they had a good experience. http://www.millracemarathon.com/ I’m interested to hear what your next destination race is – I vote for Hawaii so I can live (race) vicariously through you. 🙂 You mentioned Santa Rosa, I’m running the Napa to Sonoma half… Read more »
oh, so jealous about your upcoming Napa race! I bet it will be beautiful 🙂
haha, I’m so glad you like the Hamilton soundtrack! My sister just bought us tickets to see it in Chicago next January 2017- FINALLY!
Hawaii definitely looks like an awesome race…
Thanks for the info on the Mill Race!
I’m so sorry to hear about both your cats, Jessie. Big hugs <3
ROKA goggles FTW! I keep stalking the site for a darker tint in the R1s, but they're still sold out. And, tell me about that swim cap!
The post-race blues are REAL. I try not to think about what it'll be like when I don't have another IM on the calendar. Hope you're feeling better 🙂
Thanks Erin- definitely feeling better now that I have a plan!