I ran & got down to my lowest weight in ~ 30 years, finished a poor marathon for a significant birthday, then promptly fell out of love with running. 13 months later, I've managed 2.5 stone increase - eating for 35 miles a week, running 0 will do that. So I think I win in the weight gain stakes
I've put myself back on a sensible, snack free diet and have run (well, run/walked) 3 times now. I'm finally wanting to run again, so that's good - the mojo's been missing for some time. Although part of me is aghast at how unfit I am - 2.5 miles didn't used to be an achievement! But I'm hoping the lost fitness will return in time. it seems worse than starting from scratch because I know I used to be able to do this...
I'm going to pop my head round the thread door & say hello Waisters.
I know I met some of you at Ashby in 2012, just before I had a rough Brighton marathon Well this week I finally got my ever increasing arse out the door and ran (well, Ok, pootled and walked some) for the first time in 13 months. So I am now a beginner all over again and even slower than before. I reckon even a penguin could waddle faster than I was covering the ground. but 2 outings is a start. And I had forgotten quite how good you feel afterwards.
I may be popping in occasionally, if only to complain about how slow, fat and generally unfit I've become.
This might not be what you want to hear, but I was in a similar position last year. Finished Brighton outside my target time and having run a very poor race (in my own opinion). Initially the freedom from the tyranny of the training plan was bliss - no more having to do 4 runs a week, I could slob on the sofa - and I did.
This week I went out for my first run. It's only taken 13 months for me to actually want to run again, rather than just feeling I should.
Some people bounce back straight away, some don't. I don't think you can force it if you don't feel like going out, but maybe that's just me. You could try entering something to give you a target (although possibly not another marathon!) or try something different for a few months - just for a change of scene.
Thought I'd pop by and say hi again. No, I'm not planning on another marathon, but I did finally manage to get out for my first run in over a year. It's only taken ~ 13 months after finishing my marathon, but I can finally say that I want to run again. It was bliddy hard work though, so I am hoping that the fitness will return after a few weeks. And, you never know, maybe the weight will also drop off - I've been fueling for 40 miles a week and running 0!
I note that Emmy still has the bug - badly by the looks of things. We ran our first marathon the same month, so I think she's been clocking up the miles for both of us - my excuse & I'm sticking to it.