How I beat the Post Race Blues {with SMOOTHIES}

To say that these past 3 weeks without running has been easy would be a complete lie.

I don't think that it is necessarily the “post race blues” because I think that is a shorter term thing, what has happened with me is a result of no running for this long.. I know it.

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Was it worth it?

I still don't know. Yes I ran 100 miles in less than 24 hours, yes I got 2nd place, yes it was fun.. but it lasted less than 24 hours and now it has been 23 days of REALLY LOW.

I like to think that I have always been a happy person, I have never been really stressed, depressed or anything (outside of my 2 year party/drinking phase in college where I was probably pretty depressed without knowing it). 

If you are wondering what I am talking about, what race, what the hell, read my previous post here.

But now, I can fully understand what short-term depression feels like.. or should I say “Doesn’t feel” like because it was a lack of feeling all together.


I found myself wanting to be happy, forcing a smile, a laugh- but no emotion to match. I woke up knowing that it was another day without running, where my friends and Gwen were going to go out and have a blast in the mountains, and I would… sit on the couch, sleep more, do some core work… it was anything but exciting.

I tried my hardest to do all the things I know I SHOULD do in those times, be grateful for everything good in my life, think positive/happy thoughts, visualize what I want, focus on only the things I CAN do not on what I cannot. I did it all, and still.. it was like static on an old TV.. I got nothing, no feedback from my brain, no happiness.. nothing… but.. sadness.. and grey dullness.

This went on for about 2 weeks, we even had friends Danielle, Petra and Jameson over for the weekend and all I wanted to do was be my happy self with them and have fun. But I couldn’t. There was nothing there.

I started to think that there must be something seriously off with my brain chemistry. This is just not possible.. and I know it has to do with not running, that is the ONLY thing that has changed in my physiology.. 

And the sad thing is I realized the other day that I am not going to be running anytime soon..

So I figured that if I am going to get out of this depression I better change something, do something to get some different chemicals flowing up there!!!

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But what can I do? 

I can only exercise without running so much, and it just doesn't do the same thing for me, so I need to find something else besides movement..

FOOD..

Can I do something through Nutrition to change my brain? This was my natural second thought after exercise since nutrition/food is a passion of mine.

So I pondered and slept on it until it came to me.. I was going to just eat differently than how I had been eating the last few months. Maybe I was not getting enough of something, maybe I needed more of something to recover from the 100 miler… 

It was time to change it up and find out.

I was doing oatmeal with apples and berries in the morning for breakfast so why not go back to my good old Recovery Smoothie where I can really pack in the antioxidants, greens, berries, beets, ginger and turmeric! 

 this is called a Golden Late, steamed soy milk with Ginger, Turmeric, cinnamon and a dash of black pepper! From my sisters Coffee Shop, Bunkhouse Coffee Bar in Jensen Beach FL.

this is called a Golden Late, steamed soy milk with Ginger, Turmeric, cinnamon and a dash of black pepper! From my sisters Coffee Shop, Bunkhouse Coffee Bar in Jensen Beach FL.

I was drinking an espresso a day, so now I am trying to give it up for a week and drink my favorite herbal coffee and ginger+turmeric tea in its place!

Other than that I really don't know what to change because I eat really really simple and varied throughout the day after breakfast and it is always changing.. 

I am now trying to eat more beans, greens, onions and such and less cereal thought the day.. 

I love cereal… maybe I can keep cereal because I do get a little bit of happiness from eating it… in fact it may be the most happy moments of my days lately!

WELL I AM 2 DAYS IN AND I FEEL COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

Seriously I could not have imagined that this would happen. Mid-Day of day one (Monday) I was feeling happy, optimistic, dreaming, chatty and kinda like my normal self!

I was feeling like I could accomplish something, heck I was feeling anything and that was better than before!

Today I woke up feeling tiered but just got to my morning ginger+turmeric tea with soy milk, some light stretching and then my recovery smoothie.. and before I knew it I felt awake, happy, positive and like myself. 

I wish I could say that the pain in my knee has gone away also, but it hasnt.. however it does feel better than it did a few days ago, so we will see how it heals over this next week!

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Tonight my knee did feel good enough for me to attempt to ride my stationary bike and HOLY COW if was a win! I rode the bike for 30 minutes with NO PAIN!

This is insane, I am so happy.. I knew I need to be careful and start easy, so 30 minutes was enough.. and now I am excited about tomorrow!

THIS IS ALL THAKS TO MY RECOVERY SMOOTHIE …

and a little nightly mental work.. (telling myself that I am no longer going to be depresses, I am happy, healed, strong and vibrant.. i repeat this over and over until I fall asleep)

So who knows if it really is the smoothie, the mental work, time or luck. but WHO CARES I AM HAPPY AGAIN!!!

I will report back to you as this process goes on, hopefully by Friday I have some exciting news!


Love you guys and thank you for reading… for caring.. for being here and being awesome!

-Katie

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