I think I am officially having a depression...
It has been six weeks after the marathon, but I still can't shake out the tiredness and mental fatique. I am sure that everyone dips after a marathon race, but I've dipped to an extremely low level and wondered if I can be the same runner I was.
The common rule of thumb for recovery is 1 rest day for every mile raced. It has been 40 days and I am still not running well. Nowadays I found it 'hard' to run longer than 1 hour. I got tired easily and my legs felt dead and burning. Psychologically, I also seem to lose a lot of competitive juice or the 'mojo' to train.
In the last few weeks, I probably had about 3-4 long runs that ended-up as walk-run sessions. Speed workouts also turned into disasters. On Friday, I planned to run my favourite workout of 5x5mins session but I only could finish 1 rep. SW has designed an easy program post marathon, however for some reasons I am just not the same runner I was.
Some possible reasons:
- I ran my heart out in Seoul and probably I was pressing my upper stress limit (e.g a 87min HM runner running 89/94 marathon splits). The effort predisposed me to recovery problems, both mentally and physically
- fatiqued musculosketal system, leading to heavy legs syndrome
- post-marathon depression and mood swings. It has been documented that choline, a neurotransmitter precursor, is depleted with marathon-like efforts.
- low iron levels
- hormonal imbalance
Wondering what should I do to get out of this pariah situation? People said 1-2 months after a marathon can lead to the best shape of your lives on the back of marathon fitness (e.g Ritz which broke 5k AR, 60min HM after London). Unfortunately, it didn't happen to me and wondered whether it will. The worst thing is that the recent slew of failed/aborted workouts lead to more and more heightened frustrations.
I am depressed, frustrated and slow :(