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.


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..


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!


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!


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!


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!



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