Overcoming Post Marathon Blues!

Training.  Taper.  Marathon.  Recover.

Then what?

Being on this mountaintop of accomplishment is making me want to keep pushing towards greater heights.

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Breaks Interstate Park

The problem is hiking down this mountain and deciding which peak I would like to climb next.  I see a world of opportunity.  I would love to maintain my fitness level and physique.  I have a fear of gaining weight and losing endurance.

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VA Natural Bridge Lace Waterfalls

The reason I got into running as an adult was for weight management.  At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease.  My case was published in UofM medical journals due to my age.  A specialist prescribed radioactive iodine.  I will take hormone replacement for the rest of my life. 

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Griffith Observatory- LA

My weight can get out of control if I’m not careful.  At 5’7.5″, I have maintained a weight of 145 over the last year or two.  Spinning made me melt 2-3 dress sizes.  Two days before MCM, I weighed 134.  A week after, I went down two more pounds.  The 4-5lb carb load weight gain did not hold true for me. 

I wouldn’t mind getting back to 145 and I probably will.  I plan to add strength training to my schedule along with yoga.  I know they will improve my overall fitness. 

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Willis Tower- Chicago


Furthermore, when I train for a fall 2014 marathon I can continue with the weights.  The Hal Higdon plan does not recommend strength training if a runner has not already been doing so.  That’s why I didn’t add it this last training cycle.  My focus was distance.

In the meanwhile, I will keep climbing these mountains and hop a few bunny hills. 

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San Gervasio Ruins- Cozumel

I am not afraid to reach new heights.  If the MCM ends up being the greatest of them all, I will always be able to look up and see that peak and hold the joy of what it took to get there.

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Camp Horizons- Harrisonburg, VA

Kelsie Lou♥

About KelsieLou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.
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10 Responses to Overcoming Post Marathon Blues!

  1. mom says:

    Love this post. It shows maturity and growth. Continue ,like so many other Black girls, to rock.

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  2. elihawkins6 says:

    Just keep locking into goals, that’s the only answer there is. I’m one of those idiots who signs up for the next marathon barely a week out of the last one – because I need to keep my focus on something big and “up and coming”. My family has a history of Graves and Hashimoto’s diseases too… I’m bound for blood testing at every physical to make sure that if I do have something, we catch it soon enough. You are an inspiration. Just so you know. Keep up the training! and always keep it strong.

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  3. You are so amazing and always have a smile on your face. Keep doing what makes you happy and keep on reaching!! ❤ You inspire me!

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