Experiencing Running Depression After A Full Or A Half Marathon. Is It Normal? When Will I Feel Better?
After both of my marathons I fell into a horribly depressed state.
You see I’d spent 16 weeks organising my life around training. An hour wouldn’t go by without thinking about my next long run, my weekly mileage and race tactics come the day of the race itself.
Now that it was all over, my life seemed empty.
I didn’t want to run, I didn’t want to talk to people and I just wanted to be left alone to my own devices.
If you’re suffering from the post-race blues, be assured that it won’t last forever. In fact every time I get post-marathon depression, I rebound into mania a few days after and start entering any race I like the look of.
It’s something that you’ll just have to ride out. Just take things easy in the first few days. Revel in your achievement! Reward yourself to a meal out with friends! Surround yourself with those people who cheered you on in training in the first place!
Within a week or two when you’ve returned to your normal lifestyle, you’ll be back to your old self. I’d recommend waiting until you feel sane before booking more race.
After Belfast 2011 I entered around 5 half marathons all across the country. I only ended up running 2 of them and felt terrible for wasting so much money!