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    New York, NY

    My favorite place to run at home is Bridle Path in Central Park. and favorite destination run: One of the top would have to be in the Nepalese Himalayas, specifically around Mt. Manaslu.

    I run to explore, to escape the ordinary, to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense and I like that feeling.  That feeling of being alive and present.

    After a big race or event, I tend to struggle with a period of depression.  I've heard other runners call this the "post-race blues." No matter the label, it can be tough to return to everyday life once the high of an accomplishment wears off. You're typically resting and recovering the body during this time and most runners overlook taking care of the mind as well. It's important to be kind to yourself, both physically and mentally.  Feeling low or down is a normal response, and won't last forever.  As with most things, planning for this period is a good way to get through it.  I plan dinners or outings with friends and use the occasion to share stories about the race experience. I make time each day for a period of quiet meditation to explore my inner thoughts and focus on feelings of gratitude.

    Another helpful tip is to plan another smaller race or event to have something to look forward to. And finally, reaching out to teammates or fellow runners just to talk about how you feel is not a bad idea.  We all go through ups and downs and finding comfort in each other is not only a bonding experience, but it can help you climb out of that low a little sooner.