Our expert says:
Don't be concerned, it's not that unusual, it's only been two months and perhaps your body is telling you that you need a bit of a break from the sport. I would imagine that it was a good year long training period building up to Comrades, (with 6 months of really hard training), and that's a long time to be single minded and dedicated to one race, if that was the case. There is certainly a case to be made for post-race 'withdrawal' and malaise.
Overcoming it is a little more complex, the one obvious thing is to find the next goal. But that sounds a lot like someone with an addiction, seeking the next 'high', so it's probably not all that sustainable. I think that clever goal setting would help you though. For example, in your build up to Comrades, you may have done a few 21 km races. Perhaps your goal over the next 3 months can be to improve on that part of your running and then your running training takes on a new meaning? Or you can focus on 10km speed. But don't look for a specific goal that is too far away, becaus it's' difficult to pick yourself up so soon after the last one. So I'd say give the 50km a skip, it's likely to fall below expectations, the risk being you're even less motivated than before, and so give it a skip, try some new things and eventually the bug will bite again!
The other two things that help a lot are to be more social in your running - join a club, find a group etc, and then run with them. That can be highly motivating. And finally, try other exercise, like cycling, or swimming perhaps. Even if you don't enjoy it, it's a break from running and will make you hungry to return to running as soon as you can!
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