The Fun Hangover

I haven’t written a post in a week. That’s right – a week. This is probably the longest I have ever gone without writing anything. And I don’t have anything interesting to say. I have a total Fun Hangover. The Fun Hangover is the unfortunate result of having too much fun, followed by a period of boredom or routine. Perhaps you have suffered this unfortunate effect after an amazing weekend or similar series of events. The Fun Hangover, though distressing, often goes away on its own. It’s similar to, but much less severe than, Post-Vacation Depression. Like normal, alcohol-induced hangovers, Fun Hangovers affect the body and the mind. Symptoms include:

  1. Fatigue, weakness, and hunger
  2. Pain – headaches and muscle aches, particualrly upon waking or upon having to do things that are boring
  3. Mood – depression, anxiety, and irritability; boredom, and agitation; nostalgia and longing are common
  4. Sensory – sensitivity to light and sound (particularly those lights and sounds associated with work, or the source of the boredom), frequent and intrusive thoughts of the past fun time

It’s clear that this Fun Hangover is impacting my ability to blog. I just overdid it. I had too much fun. I had a great bike tour, then a PR at an amazing half marathon, and Hood to Coast. I think it was the Hood to Coast that did it. Too much fun. And then it was back to school time. Routine, getting up early, meetings, dressing in something other than running clothes (and wearing makeup – gasp!), and dealing with the stress of the more structured part of my life. It was a difficult transition. Now I’m hungover and I can’t seem to shake it. Sigh.

Perhaps a little hair of the dog is just what I need – I’m running the Fred Brown Lake Winnipesauke Relay next weekend. Maybe that will help me shake this Fun Hangover for good.

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