Wednesday, November 19, 2008

In a Bit of a Funk

I wanted to give everyone a huge thank you for all your sweet comments wishing me well after the migraine! You are all too kind. I'm feeling much better now, and the lingering ache in my head seems to be gone now.

You didn't know this, but your comments were encouraging for other reasons, too. I've been in a bit of a funk the past week or so. Nothing's wrong - don't worry. :) I think it's been a combination of things.

Running a marathon - even if it was a training run, I've been hard on my body the past month or so and now that I'm finally cutting it some slack I think I'm realizing how worn out I've been. Plus, there's always a bit of an emotional dip after running a marathon. Even though it wasn't my main event I'm training for, I can't avoid the bit of post-marathon blues that sometimes comes by for a few days when recovering from such a run. It's hard to explain it, but I think fellow runners will know what I'm talking about.

The migraine - that and losing my weekend certainly didn't help me feel especially chipper.

The time and weather changes - it's SO cold now, and it just always takes me a week or two to adjust to the earlier nightfall and cold weather every year. I don't know why this puts me in a funk for a week or two, but it never fails to do so.

Throw all of that together with some convenient timing from all females favorite monthly visitor and you can see why I've felt a little less than my best lately. The crazy thing is that I didn't even realize I was in a funk until just the past day or so when I realized I wasn't really being myself with a few things and couldn't figure out why. I started thinking and realized all of this stuff and it all made a little more sense. Unfortunately, me being a bit more unusually sensitive the past week or so led to me being a little insensitive about some other things.

I think I'm on the upswing now, though. I got to get a quick run in yesterday and found that while my ankle still felt a little tender, it felt a lot better. I'm thinking that as long as I don't overdue it, I shouldn't have a problem in Memphis. I'm also finally adapting to the time change and to the cold (although I don't like it any better!). I'm gearing up for my final 2 weeks before the Memphis race. I'm looking forward to the holidays.

I think the transitions in my life the past couple of weeks just kind of took a toll on me, but today I woke up feeling a lot better. It's as if all of that is suddenly behind me now. I mean, not that I was walking around all down in the dumps or anything. I just felt a little off the past week or two. I felt a little more emotional than usual. It happens sometimes. I think most of my female readers will know what I mean.

So, I'm feeling better... and even though your comments were specifically about my migraine from the weekend, I found them to be encouraging as I snapped back to my normal self this week. Thanks!

PS - Don't judge me, but I put up my Christmas tree. I have reasons. I knew that doing something so cheerful would help me get back to feeling like my normal self again. I also knew that I'll be busy next weekend with Thanksgiving and putting up the tree with my sister at my parent's house and seeing the boy while he's home and doing some Christmas shopping. If I didn't go on and get the tree up, it could be well into December before it went up... and then I wouldn't have as much time to enjoy it.

So up it went. This is the first time I've put up my own tree. I've already spent a LOT of time trying to keep Tucker out of it, but he's so fast. He runs to it and is halfway up it before I can even get across the room. Fortunately, I think he's already losing interest. Hopefully I won't come home and find it on its side one day.


Amy said...

Glad to hear that you're feeling better!

I've definitely fell victim to the post marathon blues before... and it sounds like you've had a lot of little things going on at the same time that add up.

Glad things are on the upswing though! And now you can enjoy the holidays and the taper! :)

Eric said...

That great that you are feeling much better .... but post a pic of the Christmas tree so we can enjoy

J said...

I am think I am a few days behind you in my funk so hopefully by the weekend or at least friday I will be feeling better.

I sometimes have those moments too where I look back and wonder what I was thinking, why i said some things, or acted a certain way. I really don't like it but it still happens and of course when it is happening I don't realize it so its hard to stop it.

Love to Run said...

Melanie, I am very happy to hear that you are out of your funk. Those can be some miserable times even if you don't realize how miserable you are at the time.

I did want to say to you that you have inspired me. I came across your blog somehow (not exactly sure how) and have been reading ever since (and some of your past blogs as well.) I am very impressed with your blogs and your love for running and you have inspired me to begin my own blog (although it is still on spam review). I can tell you have fun with your blog and I have as well, going on 1/2 a week now.

I would love to become a blog friend of yours, if you still have room.

Thanks for the inspiration and I am happy you are back to normal.

Danica said...

Glad your feeling better, Everyone is in a funk lately, Glad to know your on the upswing.. I hope to join you there soon!

*aron* said...

seems like there are funks going around lately.

glad you are feeling better! we are all allowed these funks every now and then. christmas trees always make me feel better too. i am SO anxious to get mine up. next weekend :)

Chris said...

Um, I totally get The Crazy. It sucks!