The fallout. Aka: The post marathon slump….depression….whatever you want to call it. You have all written about it and I chose not to believe it. But alas, here we are. And I can’t sleep, so here we are writing in the middle of the night when I have to get up early and teach bootcamp.
It’s been pretty much exactly two months since my marathon. I’ve been staying active. I was working out in school and running a little bit here and there. It helped that I met “the boy” and he runs with me! (I know, right!? A boy that runs with me! It’s brilliant).
About three weeks after my marathon, I did Tough Mudder, which I probably shouldn’t have done, and a couple weeks after that I did the Half on the 4th in Colorado Springs which turned out to be my worst run ever.
During most of this, I have been battling heel pain of unknown origin. It wasn’t immediately after the marathon, but around the time of Tought Mudder. At first I thought it was plantar fascitis. Thinking that the big tendon that runs under the arch of the foot was acting up, pulling at it’s attachment site: the heel. So, I rolled my foot on a lacrosse ball like all the advice out there says. In all fairness, I had already been doing this, but I started doing it more diligently.
The pain still was there. And to be straight, it’s not that bad of a pain. Just irritating. Honestly, I don’t even feel it that much when I run. It’s the before and after. It’s a dull pain; annoying really.
Not seeing any improvement, I started thinking it was achilles tendonitis. So, I started really focussing on foam rolling and stretching my calf muscles. Again, I was already doing this, I just started doing it even more.
Well, the pain is still there. I kinda took a break after the Half on the 4th, but you know us runners, we can’t stay off our feet. I’m also one of those people that just feels like I don’t get exercise unless I am running. I know and realize this is NOT true, especially considering I just graduated from personal training school, BUT that’s just how I have always been.
So, while I’ve been running here and there, battling this weird injury and wanting OH SO BAD to do more races, I have been taking my runs to the trails instead of pounding away on concrete and pavement, in addition to icing it daily, in the effort to help heal my heel. But it’s not just my heel that has left me in the post-marathon slump.I NEED another race to train for, but alas, I have not decided on one for a few reasons.
1. I have not money. 2. I have no idea what is going to be happening in a few months (let alone tomorrow) to be able to plan a race, EVEN a local race.
It sounds silly, but I just want to travel all around and run. Maybe silly is not the right word. It’s UNREALISTIC. I realize this dream is improbable, or at least improbable for the current time and life status.
Anyway, that’s my random Post-Marathon Fallout thoughts. If you couldn’t tell, my relationship with running right now is all over the place. I want to run, but I don’t. I want to run, but I can’t. OR I want to run, but it hurts.
For now, I am working on finding a personal trainer job. I still need to get the actual certification. There’s been a little bit of a mix up with that. My school offered a cheaper cost for taking the NASM CPT test (National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified, Personal Trainer). Well, the contact that my school had for them screwed up my account and I haven’t been able to even register for the test yet! Super frustrating.
Once that is done though, I should have no problem getting in the door somewhere. I am still coaching the women’s bootcamp and loving that still.
For you all, I am currently working on a series of posts for the races I did AFTER my marathon and BEFORE! I believe I missed a few recaps here and there. So expect to see my Tough Mudder Recap (not a great go at it this time around), the Half on the 4th (worst race for me yet!), The Sugarloaf 15k (remember, I did a race in Maine as well) The Dino Half (I broke my PR by a landslide AND placed in my age group thanks to an amazing pacer!), and I don’t think I ever got around to posting about the Erin Go Braugh 7.77K (waaaaaaayyyyyy back in March, geez!).
I’d also like to share with you my travels in Maine/Vermont and in the next week, I want to show you all the work out I have been doing since I haven’t been running that much; It’s a Man of Steel workout put out by the Superman movie that was playing not that long ago. It’s a super hard workout! So expect to see that as well!
13 thoughts on “The Fallout.”
I hope your heel pain improves. I’ve been having the same type of pain and assumed it is PF. I can’t stay off my foot either! When I do, it improves then after walking/running it flares up again! Frustration! And don’t give up on your dream – not silly at all! 😊
Lol, I wont give up on it! I just have a feeling that a life just traveling and running might require something like…well, money! hahaha. I hope your heel pain subsides too. I just don’t know what it is!
I’ve received my official diagnosis of plantar fasciitis last Friday from a podiatrist. I type this as my foot rests on a bag of corn. Sucks.
OH NO! Yeah, every night before bed I put my heel in an ice pack. How severe is your plantar fasciitis???
Good days (a little nagging heel pain) to bad days (can’t bear weight). Running is out of the question because I am a cripple the next day. 😦
the post-marathon slump can be mentally challenging & physically dangerous. i’ve gone out running too far and racing immediately after a marathon, injuring myself both times i tried. i think now i’ve learned to take at least a month “off” of light running post-race. your body needs it! 🙂
For sure! I was just so excited and motivated to do Tough Mudder! haha
I hurt my achilles the week after my marathon in April running a half marathon – dumb! It take a long time to fully heal because there isn’t much blood flow in that area. I have been wearing a night brace and stretching every day and it’s slowly getting back to 100%.
Does the brace keep your foot in a flexed position?? I have a feeling I may try to invest in something like that (or rig one up my self with an ace bandage).
Listening and heading the gentle message our bodies provide is quite possibly the hardest “thing” we will ever do in life. May I suggest, you train for “you”? Not a race or an event … Just you – the perfect version of you. Rekindle your love of running, find passion and meaning in each step you take … Yup, that sounds like a bunch of guru crap – Although, I mean every word. Take care friend and be well!
Thanks! I think that’s a good idea. I think I’m doing to do just that!
Oh boy, sorry you feel that way. Yes, we’ve been all there. After 2 of my 3 marathons I was injured and sidelined after the race. I hated it, but I think it was a sign from my body to get some needed rest (physically and mentally). MAybe you can do other sports like spinning or swimming, which have less impact on your heel, but you still get your workout in. Your heel issues sound like an early stage of PF, you need to be very careful!