The Marathon Effect

Looking good!
Looking good!

photo by Michael Dawes

So, I think the “marathon effect” has worn off.

Slowly and steadily, my mile pace times have slowly and steadily edged up to what they were before my big race. What I call the marathon effect-the euphoria channeled into your running making everything seem easy and possible after completing a marathon-has dissipated. I’m still pretty high on my ability to handle the challenges running presents, and I have several future races and events in my sights. But the speed and effortlessness which marked my first couple of post-marathon runs has evaporated. It was a nice, long runner’s high while it lasted, but it’s back to balancing out the grind of training with the simple joy of running.

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