Hey SDJ, good to hear from you. What you are describing is totally normal and I hear it alot as you probably have by now too. My big crash and burn was when I finished my marathon. it took about 2 months to really start getting after it. Mentally I was fizzled and I had been amped up for so long mentally that when it was over its like my inner man pulled the plug.
I have tried setting goals past the point of the big event etc... and it doesnt work. It can hit like a tidal wave and all I could do is simply tie myself to the mast and ride out the wave. It happens to lots of people Bro.
OMG John - this is me. Since October. Seriously. I gave myself permission to "take it easy" after the marathon and then just never started again. Thanksgiving and Christmas kicked my butt and then I got SUPER busy and so now I'm just doing what feels good - which has NOTHING to do with eating well and exercise and everything to do with binging, drinking and eating crap.
I was just thinking this week - I got used to pushing myself SO hard to train for the marathon. 18 mile runs became the normal, and honestly after that, how do you just go back to running 2-3 miles and thinking you've done anything? It's so hard to break that mindset of "If I haven't pushed myself to the max, then it isn't worth it." And now it's just breaking me down.
I. FEEL. YOU. BROTHER.! Seriously.
"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not" ~Anonymous
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." ~George Elliot
I spent nearly a year preparing for my Ragnar Relay and the movie, From Fat To Finish Line. And I had the most amazing experience in Florida running with the team. But since then, I've struggled with everything. After the relay, I have done nothing. Literally. The only other time I worked out at all was to run the Carlsbad Marathon. (Crazy, right? Work out once in a month and its a full marathon?)
Anyway, my teammate has described it as Post Goal Attainment Syndrome. I think he may be on to something, I chased something so long and wanted it so badly, and then I got it. And afterwards, I'm struggling to find something else that can motivate me.
I know there's a way back. And part of finding it is reaching back out to my Spark community. So here I am.
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