This weekly wrap is all about starting over from square one. Any else have PMS–post-marathon (or fill in big race) syndrome? Here are the classic symptoms:
- Depressed (What’s the point of running anymore? These legs don’t even work. I look like Phoebe from Friends)
- Crying spells (That dog in the commercial needs to get that treat. ** sniff sniff**)
- Mood swings and irritability or anger (WHO ATE ALL THE COOKIES?!?!?)
- Appetite changes and food cravings (Did someone say Halloween candy?)
- Trouble falling asleep (insomnia) (I should have worn the other sleeveless shirt, better breathability … what do you think honey? ZZZZZZZZZ)
- Poor concentration (Work? What’s that?? I just ran a marathon…so…)
- Joint or muscle pain (Who made this $#$%#$ toilet so low?)
- Fatigue (If I take a little nap right now in the kid pickup line, it’s no biggie)
- Weight gain related to fluid retention (MUST.eat.all.the.foods.I.couldn’t.eat.before)
- Abdominal bloating (Why these clothes tight?!)
Feel me on this one? Tell me I’m not alone. Luckily, I have some other races planned, so the real crash probably won’t happen until January after the Houston Marathon in 9 weeks (!). 🙂 In the meantime, I’m trying to honor the recovery process and just run for fun AND run with people I don’t normally get to run with because I usually have to run longer. I have the BCS half marathon Dec. 11, so it will be a good check-in race to see how my legs are recovering. I’m not hoping for much at that race.
This week, I didn’t push the recovery because the roller coaster of emotions was hard core. I ran 4 easy miles Friday and 6.5 miles Saturday. I did lots of walking and stretching a little bit of yoga and some biking to get the littlest one off to school.