Have you ever experienced PRSD?
PRSD stands for Post-Race Sublimity Deterioration… and I just invented it.
You set a unique goal, and train for months. Your goal could be a new or uncommonly-long distance, or maybe you want to focus on setting a PR (personal record) in a familiar distance. You run the race, and proudly bask in the sublime glory of completing your goal! Way to go, you!
But how long does your outward exuberance last?
PRSD didn’t become apparent to me until RVRR superstar Mike Dixon broke the mold. Dixon finished his first 100 mile race, and promptly got in an RV to travel across the southwest with friends. (More on that race later.)
Well… let’s think about that. What are your usual options after a big race?
- Go back to work.
- Go home and hang out on PTO for a day or two.
The problem with these two options is that they’re maddeningly banal. You’ve just accomplished something extraordinary, yet you’re jumping (well, hobbling) back into ordinary life. That post-race high you’ve got is declining. Quickly.
Your TPS reports can wait! You know the office chatter will only be who won America’s Next Top Bachelor in Tiaras! (err…) And so what if there’s a sweet 10 for $10 sale on Chobani yogurt at Stop & Shop? None of it matters right now- you just achieved something exceptional! The mundane is irrelevant, yet that’s what we normally get back to after a major race. I can’t say I’d be thrilled to be cooped up in an RV, incapable of most mobility while my friends hike Yosemite, but at least I would get some incredible views and fresh mountain air!
Finances and PTO approval permitting, my plan is to follow Dixon’s lead and spend at least a day or two somewhere out of the ordinary after a marathon or other remarkable race. I’d like to avoid PRSD in any way possible, even if that means something as simple as further exploring the city I just ran through (slowly).
Fight PRSD! You earned that glory!