Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Blah Blah Blah

Okay, I need to confess something:  I’ve got the blahs.  The Winter Blahs, the Bah Humbug Blahs, the Work Sucks Blahs, the Can’t Stop Eating Christmas Cookies Blahs, and – worst of all – the Post-Marathon Blahs.  *whew*  It feels good to finally admit that.  I’ve been fighting it and denying there’s a problem, but it’s so obvious (to me, at least) that I’m having trouble mustering up any enthusiasm lately.  My list of things that are bugging me includes, but is not limited to:

  • I need a haircut (and a little color would be nice, too)
  • Mother Nature has rotten timing
  • I have no willpower in the face of cookies
  • I’m not quite done getting ready for Christmas
  • I’m giving myself loads of guilt about Christmas (you know the drill – “Have I done enough?”)
  • I feel fat (hey, think that could be related to all the cookies?)
  • I am woefully behind on blogs
  • The blahs are such a downward spiral – I don’t feel like doing anything because I feel blah, but doing nothing is making me feel even more blah…  UGH!  Blah, rinse, repeat.

The good news is that just talking about it out loud (ummm, writing out loud?) is already helping me put the blahs in perspective.  I’ve felt this way before after big races and/or near big holidays and I know the feeling will pass.  In the meantime, here’s my plan of attack to beat the blahs:

  • Eat a good dinner with some yummy colorful vegetables
  • Stop with the cookies, already
  • Speedwork!  I love me some speedwork and I’ve got a great workout on tap for tomorrow with 800 repeats.  I haven’t done 800s in so long (I’ve concentrated on mile repeats), I’m almost giddy with excitement!

How do you beat your post-race/mid-winter/cookie-eating blahs??

20 comments:

Laura said...

Oh boy can I relate to the work sucks, maybe I should eat another cookie instead of catching up on blogs or finishing with Christmas preparation BLAH!

Sounds like you have a good recovery plan though! I'll get around to one of those right after I finish my cookie...

Melissa said...

I have to chime in relating to this one! Especially the "can't I survive on cookies alone?" and the post-marathon blahs. Designing my routes to maximize Christmas light viewing has helped motivate on the running and we've been good to keep most junk food out of the house but then gave in and baked cookies last night...

Here's to hoping we all feel better soon!

Alma said...

I usually just eat more cookies and wash it all down with glass(es) of wine or beer :( Not so good.

Tortuga_Runner said...

It's like you were reading my mind, I am totally losing the cookie battle. My pick me up today was a basketball game. My next one is stats. I love stats and now I have finally have a watch that does pace, time and distance so that is my new motivator.

Char said...

Speedwork will get those endorphins flushing through your system and you'll feel incredibly virtuous. You know what the problem is and you know how to fix it - you'll be fine.

LMC said...

Would it make you feel better to know you have company? That would be me. I think we both need to register for a race in the near future! The speedwork will definitely help you because you'll rock it! Merry Christmas!

Caratunk Girl said...

Hey we are getting more light now, that should help!! I registered for a 10 mile road race in early Feb, that helped me some...

RockStarTri said...

I ate a cookie, rode my bike for an hour, then ate another cookie. Something seems off here too...

Johann said...

I'll have to be honest here. I've never had the blahs. Hope I didn't just jinx that!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

DRog said...

Hahaha things that are bugging me including but not limited to!
Im with you all the way around

cant believe Johann never has had the blahs?!?!?!
i battle them constantly

Amber said...

Ummm....I beat post-race blahs by eating cookies. Hey, you deserve it after all that work, right????

Christi said...

Oh I hear ya on this one. I have had the blahs as well and once they start it is hard to make them go away. Yea for cookies!

Jogging with Fiction said...

My winter blahs are because I'm only running on the treadmill, but having some quality trash tv to watch usually helps me get through it.

Colleen said...

The blahs are the worst. I get them this time every year so you aren't alone. Just get through the holiday as best you can and know that January is the start of a whole new year!

Oh... and eat the cookies without guilt... it's the holidays! :)

twentysixandthensome.com said...

Unfortunately, my cure for the blahs include cookies too. Not sure that helps! Or about 12 solid hours of sleep ;)

Aimee said...

I'm sorry you have the blahs! They are the worst! But, I have to say that instead of denying yourself cookies, just enjoy the holidays, and eat them without the guilt and the blahs will go away!

Rose said...

The only cure I've found for post-race blahs is to start back up with the exercising. If I don't, I end up putting it off for WAY too long, which only makes matters worse.

Kristin said...

I have yet to figure out how to step away from the cookies!! Maybe after Christmas Ill figure it out!! Ha ha~!

ajh said...

I have some of those blahs but now that I am on vacation everything looks better. I hope it happens for you. I must say the "feeling fat" isn't going to go away anytime soon as I have been eating eating eating and there is no stopping in sight.

Coach Joe said...

I always "sign up" for early season races before the holidays. Keeps me movin' in the right direction... away from the dessert table. :)