I’ve heard about having the post-race blues, particularly after a marathon, and I could see why this would happen. After training for months and months with a specific goal in mind it all culminates in the span of a few hours. And then you’re done. I’d equate it to wedding planning but we all know I have no experience with that. So…now what? Post-Marathon Depression (or PMD as I’d like to call it – not to be confused with PMS that often presents with similar symptoms) has hit me a little bit. I find myself struggling with the need to keep going and to build off the momentum that I’ve worked on for so many months. At the same time I’m also struggling with being tired and wanting to carb load even though my next race isn’t until April 7th (Rabbit Ramble 4-miler). Bring on the bagels and Girl Scout cookies, please!
This is all somewhat strange for me since I am very goal driven and I thrive when I have something to work towards. While I know that I will definitely be registering on April 1st for the Philly Marathon, the race itself isn’t until November. And, there’s that whole "I need to see if I can stay upright for a marathon" deal that’s been coursing itself through my brain. I obviously can’t wait until November so what’s a runner to do? Register for a May marathon – obviously! I’ve mentioned it on Twitter already but I’m going to run the Shires of Vermont marathon on May 20th. Here are some details from the race’s website:
Sold. I can definitely do this. It’s close to home, scenic, and the elevation doesn’t seem that treacherous. Running this marathon will help me build on the great base I already have and will keep me motivated and focused so I don’t continue acting like a caged animal who eats their carbtastic young. I’m PRETTY SURE I can stay on two feet but hey, never say never. Oh, and there are some pretty sweet outlets in Manchester which will make running TO this cute little town even better. PMD diagnosed and cured!