Post Marathon Blues

Today at school I was asked to share a poem with the students via the morning announcements in celebration of poetry month and the upcoming ‘poem in your pocket’ day.  Immediately I knew which poem I would share … 

The Man Who Thinks He Can

by Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are:

You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before

You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go

To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins

Is the one who thinks he can.

After sharing that, I had it in my head all day … which gave me plenty of time to ponder it.  I must admit – these last 4 weeks (since running the Phoenix Marathon) I have really been in a funk.  I’ve had no desire to run and when I have tried, I feel miserable.  I’m feeling a little lost without my routine but don’t have the motivation to start a new one. I’ve put on weight and my clothes are getting snug … I feel like I’ve gone to this dark place and, I’m having a really hard time snapping out of it!  The first two weeks I gave myself as recovery … now I’m getting worried that I’ll lose all the fitness I worked so hard for.  I can’t let that happen! 

I think today may be a turning point as this was a reminder that it’s up to me.  And, while I may need to fight my body on this a little … my body will give in and achieve what I believe it can.  

Too often I find myself relying on others to motivate me and give me strength to push through the challenges.  Yes, other people’s belief in us can get the ball rolling – but, we’ll never truly discover our own greatness until we believe it’s there.  I started realizing that as I trained for the marathon.  Once I accomplished that goal, it was gone … as if there was nothing else to do – no where else to go – nothing else to push for.

Over the last few weeks I have seen friends win races and set new PRs … and, I actually started to believe I would never be in that place again – as if I reached my pinnacle at the marathon and can’t push my body anymore … that’s crazy!  

There’s still so much more to do – more goals to set and more work to be done because I know I am capable of A LOT more!

I know I’ll need encouragement along the way and appreciate all my friends and teammates who make me go to events with them … keep at it … I do enjoy it and I’m always glad I tag along (no matter how humbling the experience is). Be patient if my fitness isn’t where it should be – it will get there – I’ll make sure of it!

Here’s the next goal I WILL accomplish – 1:30 1/2 marathon … I admit, it scares me … but, isn’t that part of the fun?!

Time to snap out of it and get to work!

2 thoughts on “Post Marathon Blues

  • Kristina @ Blog About Running

    Yay, Mindy! You can do this! Once you get back into the swing of things you’ll be reminded of why you love running! And yes, you will absolutely, 100% reach your next 1/2 marathon goal as long as you put in the work. Just keep thinking about the poem … which is seriously awesome by the way. I had never heard it before — I love it. Thank you for sharing!

  • Kris and Mindy

    Thanks Kristina!!! Things are getting better – I’ve gone out for a couple runs without my Garmin and am finding that makes running much more enjoyable again. It’s nice not knowing my pace or distance … that way I can’t stress or get upset about it! I really appreciate the support and encouragement!!!


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