We’ve all heard the acronym used in many ways, but have you heard PMS as Post Marathon Syndrome? It’s an actual phrase. PMS occurs after a big race is finished, during a runner’s rest and recovery. It’s marked by depression and lethargy. PMS can hit just as hard as the Wall. Sometimes it is exaggerated by the weather, changing the clocks back, or if the race occurs late in the year (for example, training all summer to run a fall marathon, then having to face a winter without any scheduled races). Am I writing from experience? Absolutely.
Last week I completed the NYC marathon. I waited four years to run it and what a challenge! I loved wearing my finisher’s medal and ING’s orange and blue ponchos (they were so warm and cuddly). Could I have trained differently? No doubt. I should have hit the gym for strength training. I should have practiced more hill work. I should have incorporated extra 20-mile runs. Everything is clearer in retrospect. We live and learn.
NYCM Running Tips:
1) If running on the lower level of the Verrazano Bridge and you feel water, beware (especially if it’s not raining out). This isn’t water: it’s pee. (And, no, I didn’t see anyone peeing on the Verrazano Bridge.)
2) Bring heat packs for the runner’s village. They feel great on the back of your neck, under your arms, in your hands – use them to stay loose and warm.
3) Waiting in the cold for your wave to begin is stressful. In some cases (like mine) it take hours. Layer yourself with extra clothes and then donate them before the starting line. It’s good for you and your soul.
4) Put your name somewhere on your clothing – I ran with my bright orange Moriches Bay Running Club shirt and heard: “Looking good big orange” and “Go Moriches!” Hey, all encouragement helps.
What’s next? During the NYCM, I thought – never again. No more marathons. I’m done. I’ve run three marathons in the span of one year and one week. Goal achieved. But here I am thinking, planning, searching for another marathon to run. For real. Wait – hold on! Maybe, for right now, I’ll just get over my PMS and hit the gym. That’s always an adventure.