"I've never experienced anything like it," 35-year-old Atlanta native Steve Deuce explained. "The thought of going back to work, of returning to a normal life where people don't give a shit about who I am or what I do. It's tough."
Post marathon existential despair is common according to experts at the Brookline School of Psychoanalysis like Marten Mowad PhD, who says that there is a huge influx of marathon participants seeking help in the weeks after the event. "It isn't hard to imagine the internal struggle caused by a brief moment of exhilaration coupled with a fleeting sense that they are part of something bigger than themselves, that they matter. Most of these people will be forgotten by everyone other than perhaps a few close family members."
But is this even meaningful? Many find little comfort in the transient memories of loved ones locked in biodegradable lumps of grey and white matter. These family members who will eventually die, leaving nothing but perhaps a name to mark their grave. Even their gravestone will yield to the onslaught of rain and wind over time, and the last attachment of their decomposing shell to the Earth upon which it made no impact will likely be dug up to make room for yet another insignificant corpse.
2014 Boston Marathon Winners
- Women’s: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya, 2:18:57. Her time is a course record.
- Men’s: Meb Keflezighi of United States, 2:08:37. First American man to win since 1983.
- Women’s Wheelchair: Tatyana McFadden of United States, 1:35:06.
- Men’s Wheelchair: Ernst F. Van Dyk of South Africa, 1:20:36.