Lauren Tucker: PRS...it's a real thing
I walked into Excel Physical Therapy on Tuesday morning just buzzing with nervous energy. I approached a table where Dena Johnson was working on Boston Marathon hopeful Mark Schollett and I said â??I am freaking out.â?? Dena smiled, â??you still have 5 days,â??and Mark simply said, â??You have PRSâ??. PRS? Whatâ??s that I asked, to which he replied â??Pre-race syndrome, I suffer from it as wellâ??.
How many of you runners out there have ever experienced PRS? This is a first for me. It makes sense because this is the first race that I have ever really trained for, poured my heart and soul into.
What is PRS you ask? It is a mixture of feelings ranging from excitement to pure terror coupled with the complete inability to focus on anything non-race related; an abundance of nervous energy, and a freakish amount of planning to the tiniest detail possible. This translates into a really clean house, a race outfit that has been planned out and tried on daily, and friends, co-workers, and family members that are probably sick of hearing about every tiny detail related to this big event that is happening THIS SATURDAYâ?¦did you know that the Bayshore Marathon races are this Saturday?!?
Even with suffering from an intense case of PRS, I am excited to the max and completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from not only my teammates, friends, and family members, but the entire community. My Facebook wall, message inbox, e-mail, and text screen are all chuck full with wishes of good luck. I even attended a business function yesterday morning and was greeted with well wishes for a great experience on Saturday morning! Thank you for following, and for all of your kind words.
It will be an amazing day on Saturday. It sounds like the weather is ideal and I canâ??t wait to see all the people cheering, I get butterflies just thinking about it. This has been an incredible experience and I thank you all for sharing it with me. Wish us luck and if you see us running on Saturday, yell loudâ?¦it helps!!