|LOTS of this since the Boston Marathon|
- Feel tired and apathetic about daily activities.
- Mope around the house not knowing quite what to do with themselves.
- Feel the need to have another immediate goal to work towards even though they are perfectly aware that they should rest and enjoy the lull that comes after accomplishing something they worked hard for.
- Spend more time than they care to admit googling upcoming races where they could possibly race better than their most recent marathon and still use their recent training despite the fact that it wouldn't be good for them.
- Eat ice cream and other various treats in higher amounts than usual. Comfort foods.
- Cry for no reason other than because they feel like it.
- Irrational thinking.
- Avoiding PMF at all costs by signing up for as many races as they can so that there is no time for that floundering feeling that comes from being between goals.
Yes, I'm pretty sure I'm in a state of PMF. Gosh, what a real thing! And it comes after even our best of races. I don't think it's that we always HAVE to have something to be working towards but the mind of the marathon runner is definitely one that thrives off of having a goal of some sort. A goal or training that adds to their life in all other ways. They thrive off having some kind of challenge...a focus...something that drives them and adds to their life.
When we work at something for so many weeks and focus on one specific race, there is bound to be some sort of empty feeling when that focus is gone. Similar to that somewhat sad feeling many of us women get after having our babies. At least I experienced some sort of blues after each of my children were born. Yes, I had these perfectly sweet and healthy babies to hold close and enjoy. But there was always a process of blues that I needed to work through after birth. I'd spent 9 months preparing for their births, focusing on that one day of labor, and carrying this life in my body. And once pregnancy and birth were done, I had to shift my focus to something new. This took a little bit of time for me. And although very different things, I find that I feel similar feelings after a goal race like a marathon. No matter what my time was or whether I met my goals. Yes, I have that sense of accomplishment in finishing a 26.2 mile race. Yes, I ran a decent race. But it's done. After all these weeks of training. And even though my main focus has been on JOY and enjoying the process of this training cycle, missing my goal/what I think I was trained for is understandably disappointing. That only adds to the PMF. Even those that set a personal record in their race experience PMF. Their PMF is sometimes stronger since they are coming off an even bigger high!
So much is gained from training for something. So so much! There are innumerable lessons to learn about ourselves, life, and the limitless possibilities that are out there for us when we are ready to receive them. The marathon is a race like no other. Unpredictable. Challenging. Something that makes us stronger, wiser, and more capable and prepared for future challenges. It takes time to process and soak it up after it is all over. This is true for any marathon but Boston 2014 was most definitely not like any marathon I've run before. It was an experience that was so much more than a race. Lots of emotion being there this year. The crowds and support were amazing. The city was alive with LOVE, hope, healing, courage, pride, resilience, and gratitude! The spectators were loud, strong and alive like I've never seen them. Never before have I had so many people thanking me for running. Never before have I felt so much community and strength pulsing through the marathon course...it was electric. My only regret was not soaking it up more. Instead I think I was a little too focused on my paces and trying to stay in my zone. But that's just it, no matter what, it was impossible to not take in the life force and energy that was BOSTON STRONG! It was beautiful and I am incredibly honored to have been there running this year.
|What a joy and honor to be doing Boston with this special friend! I even got to ride the bus with her. True inspiration here. Love her!|
|THIS is so much better than a PR! A 3:28 this year. Not a PR but it's my best Boston time! I'll get that PR...I have time.|
So, here I am. Almost a week out from Boston 2014 and I'm definitely ready to shake this Funk! I'm ready to set my sights ahead and on the right now. I'm ready to fully embrace and process all that Boston was and all that I learned from my training and race experience. And yes, I'm ready to set some new goals. Maybe that will involve some future races and maybe not. But my goals will certainly involve finding focus on the next few months of my life as we gear up for some big changes and new chapters that will come with moving back to Oregon! I'm ready.
Things to help shake the PMF:
- Allowing yourself the time to just rest your body and mind.
- Being ok without a goal for a short time.
- Focusing on and enjoying the things that you didn't get as much of during training.
- Thinking of some possible new goals to get excited about. Not because we need them but because these new goals are part of what makes us us. They are part of what gives our life energy and strength. Our goals are what allow us to make ordinary extraordinary!
- Go on some happy runs that bring you back to yourself and help you remember just what a GIFT running is!!
- Be Thankful. Focus on gratitude.
- Write down all the things you did really well during this training cycle and your recent race! Then write down the lessons you learned and what you can apply to the next training cycle.
- A Runninghood follower on Facebook reminded me of just how important it is to have a group of friends...a support group...that really understand this post race funk. Sometimes, it's the support of these friends that make all the difference in the world!! I know this has been such a wonderful thing for me. Thankful for my running friends that truly "get it".
|Today's run was definitely needed. Soul food! Happy. A PMF shake out.|
Do you get the Post Marathon Funk? What do you do to shake it?