Do any of you ever get a little depressed after a big event like a race, or finishing something you've been working on for a long time?
A couple of weeks ago I finished my half marathon and my MBA, all in the same weekend. The high from the race lasted for a couple of days. And then, the inevitable crash (at least for me anyway). This happened to me last year too. I'm not sure why this happens. I've always referred to it as a type of post partum. Partum in Latin means something that you have acquired or saved, and as most everyone knows post means after. Now of course this usually refers to post childbirth when a mother's hormones are completely out of whack after delivery. But, I think that happens to you after you finish something big. During the time you are preparing for your goal you "acquire" something, a sense of pride perhaps, or joy from pushing yourself. And, then, when you are finished you are not sure what to do.
This year of course I ended up in the boot for a few weeks which didn't help. Although I continued to exercise, I still went off the rails a little bit. I couldn't really even write. I curled into a ball on my couch and re-watched the whole first season of Alias in one day.
Does this ever happen to you? I know most people would advise finding that next goal, but I think there must be a better solution than that. Perhaps I should be seeking a type of satisfaction that doesn't disappear when I reach my goal.
I think this type of "low" happens because we are constantly seeking to define ourselves with something outside of ourselves instead of just "being" and surrendering to the ebb and flow of life and learning how to be satisfied with the small things in life. I'm slowly regaining my smile and pre-race glow. I found it yesterday for a few minutes. Didn't really have anything to do with exercising or not, just somehow letting go of some of the standards that I hold myself to.
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Off to generate my daily sweat with some upper body exercise and biking. Happy Saturday everyone!
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