I find the long run to be a staple in many training plans for obvious reason. You need it to build endurance when you want to run far, you have to train far hehe just the way it is.
For me the long run has become an epic event, I plan for it for days and use it to measure how I will fuel and hydrate before my marathon. It consumes my thoughts and I look forward to it but also dread it in some ways. Then the morning comes and it always seems without fail I head out feeling over welmed but come home feeling renewed. When you conquer a new distance it feels amazing, like you won the fitness lottery. And that runner's high lasts for a good solid 24 hours or so.
Then, the hangover comes. Yep I'm calling it my long run hangover and it is where I am at right now.
The tired feeling sets in through your body. It becomes depressing for me. My body went through this amazing thing and now it feels like lugggage being dragged along. It feels like I'm moving in slow motion. I hate that feeling. And then I go for my normal Tuesday run and it sucks, everytime. And that depresses me more.
I feel like a walking zombie and my emotions are hidden. It is unavoidable for me. I get irritated easier and want to hang out alone. It's almost like I'm a total different person for these few days. I feel bad for my family because they can tell I'm just down.
Physically I feel drained and like the onset of a cold is coming. My glands get swollen and sinuses get clogged I really do not feel well. It is strange how my body reacts but I am learning and trying to help. I have started taking extra vitamin c and my usual daily multi vitamin.
I have also tried to get extra sleep. Key word being try. It is hard when you work full time, go to school part time, and have an energetic 2 year old so you can imagine how tough it can be. I did fall asleep on the couch at 9:30 last night which is a new early time for me haha
The good thing about it is it goes away after a few days. Usually by Thursday or Friday I am back to my normal chipper self. So I am just waiting out the long run hangover and trying to stay positive this week!
Do you get a hangover from an epic workout? How do you cope?