Categories: ING New York City Marathon, Marathon Recovery, Puma
This is my brain.
This is my brain post marathon.
We all know that blood is diverted from the stomach and digestive tract and sent to working muscles during a race but how about after you’ve crossed the finished line?
The days following my Marine Corps Marathon adventure have been a blur. I’ve been much more of a scatterbrain than usual:
- I jammed the wrong top on a water bottle. I tried 3 times to get it to screw on correctly like it does every other day to no avail. Rather than realize I had the wrong top, I sent it to school with Thing 1 that way.
- I cannot zip Thing 2′s jacket to save my life. That was no issue last week either.
- I’m forgetting appointments, drop-offs, pickups. I’m pretty sure I’d leave my head in a Target shopping cart if it wasn’t attached.
After a little consultation with Dr Web MD, I learned that the brain’s anterior cingulate cortex assesses pain and it’s operation is affected by mood: everything hurts more in a depressed runner and vice versa. If that isn’t an argument for going in with a positive attitude and bright outlook, I don’t know what is.
Fine. That’s how you push thru marathon pain but on what can I blame my post-marathon mental disarray? Fatigue? BrainDOMS? Glycogen depletion–still??
Have you experienced this? Or am I extra weird?
Good luck to everyone running INGNYCM this weekend!
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