I finished my marathon, and now what? After six or more months of training, most marathoners experience the “post-marathon blues” post-race. It’s normal to, after so much preparation and filling life with long runs and quality workouts, feel the void. When the steady running routine comes to a crashing halt, many runners slip into slight depression.
Not to worry, if you’re one such marathoner; there’s a light at the end of this tunnel. For many, that light comes more quickly with new goals. Here are some things to consider:
1. If you feel exhausted by the long distances, consider training for shorter distance races before you hop back into marathon training. An option we recommend is the PR for a 5K/10K class beginning the first week in March. You’ll build up to thirteen miles in the long run circuit and improve your speed during the week. The workouts provide a greater intensity but require less time on the road.
2. If you want a break from road races, consider the trail. Trail running enables a more intimate interaction with nature. Unlike road running, trail running requires a greater concentration on the path and an enjoyment of wilderness. Rogue offers Trail Running 101 and 201 in which runners learn the Austin routes and how to conquer the very different terrain.
3. If you’re interested in adding some flavor to your road training, consider mixing swimming and cycling into the routine. Not only does triathlon training contribute to overall fitness, but both swimming and cycling aid greatly in recovery. They are less impactful but still provide a rigorous workout. In March, Rogue kicks off all triathlon programs from Iron Chicks for beginner women, and CapTex for all levels of men and women, to Texas Tri Series training for all levels of men and women who want to start at a sprint tri and work up to a Half Ironman!
It’s hard to believe, but fall marathon training is already just around the corner. Base building begins in May! It’s time to think ahead while setting immediate, intermediary goals to keep going. To avoid starting from ground zero, keep training in some way, and remember that you have plenty more marathons to conquer and personal records to achieve!