07
Jul
10

time off for good behaviour

Back To Normal? – Meh! – The Running Bug Drug

After Juneathon, I thought I’d take a few days off from running and allow my body to repair itself a little bit. I’d hoped that I would stop feeling so tired, hungry and thirsty all the time and that some of the aches and pains that I’d accumulated over the month (and that I’d gotten used to) would slip away. I was really happy having run every day for a month and was looking forward to not having to.

But a very strange thing happened. I did stop feeling hungry and thirsty all the time and some of the twinges did subside but after a day of not running I began to feel strangely disinterested.
In everything.
I seemed to have lost my energy. My get up and go had got up and gone. And I couldn’t even summon the enthusiasm to do anything about it.

By the Friday evening, I’d decided that maybe I needed to get exercising again but didn’t want to run as I felt my “running muscles” still needed to recover. Maybe a cycle would do the trick…. so a 12 mile round trip on the fixie was done. Hmmm… a little better. But still feeling a bit “flat”. So I gave it another day and then tried some weights. Hmmm… Still not great! Odd though as throughout Juneathon, I had looked forward to the time where I could mix it up a bit and trade a run for a ride on the bike or free weights.

So yesterday, with the opportunity to work from home, I took the chance to go out for a cheeky 10.8kms at lunchtime and after the initial protests from the legs (NOOOOoooooooo… not this running thing again!!!!!), it all felt very easy. Once back home and showered and fed, I felt like my mood had lifted. I was CURED!!!

I suspect that my body had become used to the exercise every day, the increased exertion and the endorphins chemical reactions that go on when you run and I’d gorged on those for 30 days and then suddenly stopped. And the sudden change of routine, the free time, the lack of having to rush to run and blog… Perhaps Highway Kind has the right idea with his 30 Days In July. Maybe relaxing the rules about blogging but continuing to do exercise every day is the way to avoid the Post Juneathon Blues and slip slowly back to normality.

Soundtrack to this post: Just Drifting – Psychic TV


3 Responses to “time off for good behaviour”


  1. July 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I wonder how Eddie Izzard felt when he reached the end of his challenge.

  2. July 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I know exactly what you mean! I was so down hearted and grumpy at the end of last week, it was a joy to get out and do the Parkrun on Saturday. So, you’re coming to the get-together? Great!

  3. 3 eatingtrees
    July 10, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Fitartist – Weird isn’t it? Seems to have levelled out now though. Looking forward to catching up on the 17th.

    Warriorwoman – Mr Izzard must be a far more robust character than me. I think even if I’d managed an enormous amount of marathons in a short space of time (unlikely!), I’d have been practically comatose with despair afterwards if Juneathon is anything to go by!!!


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