The Post Race Blues

I want to introduce a term we in the running community loath and dread: The Post Race Blues. The post race blues are a series of emotions a runner goes through the 1-4 weeks (sometimes 2 months in very severe cases) after finishing a race. Confused? Ladies and gentlemen of the world I give to you the 7 stages of the Post Race Blues:

1. Shock and Denial

2. Pain

3. Anger and Bargaining

4. Depression

5. Reflection and Loneliness

5. The Upward Turn

6. Reconstruction and Working Through

7. Acceptance and Hope

ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT THOSE WERE THE 7 STAGES OF GRIEF! SHEESH! But seriously, what's the difference?! It's a viscous cycle! You spend months and months training for 1 day, sacrificing, sweating, constantly sore and then POOF they put a medal around your neck, pat you on your head, wrap a foil blanket around you and send you on your merry way. Then once you can use your legs again you are left wondering...

I like to call the recovery period the post taper because they both SUCK. I think the reason most people run a marathon is because they run a half marathon and think hell, I'm halfway there and I can't go back to my life before running a half marathon....Why stop now? It's what I did. Go for that full marathon! Why the hell not!?! But what happens after you run that full marathon? You have to take a serious chunk of time to recover. Then you are just about ready to pluck your feathers out like a neglected bird! Here's my foolproof method to overcome the post race blues:

Step 1: REST. Probably your least favorite word but it's absolutely essential. Show your body you care by actually taking the time to let it recover. Light stretching and cross training are all you should be doing. 1 week without running is 100% necessary. (If you can go 2 weeks post marathoners even better. Nothing over 3-5 miles if you can fathom it. I went 6 days so I feel ya.)

Step 2: Sign up for your next race. Just get something on the books so you don't lose your damn mind. If you did a 5k try for a 10k! If you did a marathon, find a half or hell ever heard of an Ironman???

Step 3: Start slow. Listen to your body. If you need to take more time off from running than you anticipated then do it and don't feel guilty! Go to cycling, swimming, or to the gym. You have to listen to your body. Only you can prevent injuries.

Step 4: STAY BUSY. Go out to dinner, cook dinner, go to the movies, go to a concert, read a book, babysit people's children, hang out with friends just load your schedule! Get SUPER busy. Double book yourself and do whatever it takes to take your mind off the fact that you aren't physically active. (I mean whatever it takes legally you crazy daredevils.)

Follow those 4 steps and before you know it you'll be out on the road. No one likes the post race blues but we are all in it together.

That being said friends in Dallas what better way to emerge from you post race blues hibernation than to run the 'It's Your Time SIX:02 Inaugural 6K' with me! I'm flying out to the Lone Star State this weekend to run, laugh, and cause trouble with you all! And if you aren't running come hang out! There are all sorts of post race activities and lord knows I love a good race day sign! So come out and hang with me! For more information CLICK HERE! See you in Texas!

Until tomorrow friends, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.