Thursday, April 21, 2011

PMBS Diagnosis and Treatment

I've been scouring the greatest medical resource on Earth.... WebMD.   After some intense thought and evaluation, I've self-diagnosed myself with PMBS.  Now you might be asking yourself:

"What in the holy hell is PMBS?"  Or "PMBS?  isn't that Premenstral Buttocks Syndrome?"  No, no it isn't

"How about Poly Morphic Bowel Syndrome?"     That'd be a hell no.

"So what is it then?  One of those rare, but all over the internet so you think you've got it diseases?"  Again... nope.

PMBS, or Post Marathon Blues Syndrome is basically feeling down about running after you've finished (or did not finish) a major event and the training required for it.  Since the Shamrock Marathon, I've not been too motivated to run.  I wouldn't say I'm depressed, not even slightly.  I'm still thrilled I went the distance. Rather it's just a lack of motivation.  I don't have current goal and other avenues in my life have taken focus.  

Well I've gotten in two good runs this week.  Yesterdays 1.5 miles.  And today I did 2.23 at a speedy 8:48 pace.  Straight running that is.  I'm feeling good now. Starting to think about my next goal.  I've got several repeat races from last year I'd like to do but nothing in the near future.  Time to scour the net looking for a good race.   


Annie said...

There are many other goals you could focus on: Increasing time, distance of straight running, waist measurement, weight measurement, weight lifting... Or you could just go back into running for the sake of enjoying running, as you had spoken so fondly of while training for the marathon... the grass is always greener on the other side. : )

My word verification word is "conspoty" -ha! Interesting...

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EntoAggie said...

I can relate, though certainly not in a marathon-running capacity! When I did drama in high school, I (and many others) used to get "post-show" blues after finally wrapping up semester productions we'd worked on for months.

And it's happened plenty of times since, too. The only common thread is that while the planning for The Thing would take months, and the concentration and energy required was large, the Thing itself was finite and would be over relatively quickly. Then, suddenly, it would be in the past, my performance part of my memories, and my mind (not to mention my evenings and weekends!) would be free again. I'd have gotten used to finishing nonThing-related tasks in a ridiculously short amount of time (or else just ignoring them entirely), and now I'd be faced with this veritable yawning chasm of free time and energy. And yeah, you get a feeling, not necessarily of depression so much, but just this vague ennui, this..."Huh. Oookay. So, um. What now?" Human psychology is a funny thing sometimes. :)

But anyways, these little funks tend to be useful to us in the end. You did mention some other stuff in your life taking focus, which is great--this can be a recovery period, that lets you come back into balance after focusing so intently on one aspect for so long. And it sounds like you've been keeping up your basic fitness, so you'll be ready to (heh) hit the ground running when your next Thing finds you. Relax and enjoy!

Oh, and congratulations on the marathon! My facebook participation varies, so I missed the actual happening. And good luck to you on your next endeavour!

(also, I LOVE webMD. I've diagnosed myself with everything from muscle strain to terminal cancer. It's amazing I'm still around!). :D

(also, also, you may regret mentioning your blog to me. You may have noticed, I tend to write REALLY long comments). ;)

James said...

Jen, I welcome comments. I've had lackluster participation with this blog. I'm just not witty and creative enough to hold peoples interest. Although, it's really for my own benefit to journal about it. I wish I'd been blogging about my running years ago.