Post-Holiday Blues

Weeks of excitement and preparation for a major holiday can lead to depression during the days immediately after.  That’s me today, the day after National Running Day

It’s time to take down the holiday tree decorated with running shoes, GU packets, race bibs, and finisher medals.  It’s time to throw out the leftover holiday pasta and refrain from having an after-dinner Gatorade on the rocks each evening.  It’s time to move on until the next holiday rolls around.

Yesterday is just a distant memory of meeting my Cruiser and MRTT friends at 7 PM for our annual holiday party on the trail.

We donned our fanciest footwear and took off for our run with about half of the “RSVP’ed yes” guests.  Storms were threatening to cancel our celebration, and the moms planning to run with their kiddos in strollers decided to err on caution and send their regrets.


We kept our celebratory run to four miles and got back to the parking lot just as confetti was released in the form of rain!  We jumped in our cars and took off, and I’m almost positive I heard one of the Cruisers shout, “Happy Running Day to all, and to all a good night!”


Here’s hoping you had a great National Running Day, and aren’t feeling too let down today!  Don’t worry about me, though!  I’ve already bounced back because today is Chipotle Thursday – a holiday in my book!

  • Questions:
  • How did you celebrate National Running Day?
  • What’s your best “caught in the rain” story?
  • Chipotle fan, yes or no?
Happy Running! ~ Deb


  1. June 5, 2014    

    I hosted a fun run for Rock n Roll we had a blast! Lots of MRTT at our event too. You will have to hook up with us sometime
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 6, 2014    

      Yes, definitely!

  2. June 5, 2014    

    In honor of my little sister, I went for my first blindfolded run since Charlotte’s Thunder Road Half Marathon in November. My guide and I ran a 5K to celebrate National Running Day. Thanks to the Cruisers for logging miles for Taylor!
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 6, 2014    

      It was our honor!

  3. June 6, 2014    

    You are so funny! I love this post! 🙂
    Thanks for making me smile ~ I needed that!! recently posted…Snippets…My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 6, 2014    

      I hoped it would come across as funny and not totally ridiculous!

  4. June 6, 2014    

    I had a long comment planned but your last question ruined that.

    Chipotle fan yes or no?

    An emphatic and resounding YES. Absolutely love it.
    The running schlub recently posted…Yikes…when was my last weekly/monthly training recap??My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 6, 2014    

      Love, love, love Chipotle! 🙂

  5. June 7, 2014    

    Mmm…Chipolte Thursday!

    Sounds like you and your group went all out. Sorry that the moms couldn’t join in but I understand that the possibility of wet kids is just too much.
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 7, 2014    

      They made a good call, because when it started raining, it rained hard. I don’t think it would have been fun for the little ones.

  6. June 9, 2014    

    I wonder about Gatorade (only drank it once many years ago)… is that free from artifical sweeteners? What alternative could you recommend?
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  7. June 9, 2014    

    This post made me laugh at loud 🙂
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 10, 2014    

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  8. June 10, 2014    

    ha ha ha!! I LOVE the image of the running holiday tree!! So funny.
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 10, 2014    

      I’ve seen pictures of Christmas trees that have race medals and bibs on them. Surprisingly, we don’t have one!

  9. June 16, 2014    

    Awww it’s just like when Christmas is over. I’m glad y’all were able to get a run in together before the storms moved in!
    Meagan recently posted…Weekly Workout Roundup – June 9 – 15My Profile

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      June 16, 2014    

      Just barely!

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5K - 22:57 (7:23 pace)
8K - 39:25 (7:55 pace)
10K - 47:05 (7:40 pace)
Ten Mile - 1:16:22 (7:38 pace)
20K - 1:45:30 (8:30 pace)
Half Marathon - 1:54:34 (8:45 pace)
Twenty Mile - 2:46:14 (8:18 pace)
Marathon - 3:29:04 (7:59 pace)
Ultramarathon - 10:50:30 (13:00 pace)

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April 29 & 30 - Ragnar Trail Richmond Ultra
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July 4 - Firecracker 5K
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September 16 & 17 - Ragnar DC
November 24 - Thanksgiving Day 5K
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1997 Marine Corps Marathon (3:44:56) - first marathon and first Boston qualifier

1997 JFK 50-Miler (10:50:30) - first and only ultra

1998 Boston Marathon (3:39:57) - first Boston

1999 Steamtown Marathon (3:29:04) - PR marathon

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