A touch of the post marathon blues

Since the Manchester Marathon,  I have suffered from a touch of the “Post-Marathon Blues”. I had been training for so long and the 10th April 2016 was burned into every facet of my consciousness (and if my dreams are anything to go by, my subconscious as well). So it is not surprising that, after a disappointing race, I felt a little deflated.

This does not sit particularly well with me, as “deflated” is not my natural go-to emotion. Unnerved by my current funk and unsure as to how to bounce out of it, I did what any self-respecting grown-up would do; I asked my Mum.   Unfortunately, not being a runner, she came up blank, so I Googled it.

Apparently the post marathon blues (or post-race blues) are a real and documented thing, and there are loads of helpful articles on how to regain your running mojo. Knowing that I was not the only person to feel a little blue after the event, did actually make me feel better. What’s more, alongside the advice were some practical actions that I could complete to banish my blues and regain my positivity.

My plan for getting over the Post-Marathon Blues

There were many different sites that focussed on helping you to get over your post-marathon slump. These were the most common suggestions.

  • Rest

Yup, done that, although not from choice. Another reason why this week has been so shitty is because I have been in pain from Sunday. The Marathon has rendered my left foot almost unusable, due to two very painful (and now, very manky) blisters on a couple of my toes. Currently, the only way to describe my little toe is mangled. So after a week of being called “hop-along” by my every so supportive work colleagues, I have had enough rest. It sucks.

  • Sign up for another race.

For me, this one was easy. Prior to the Manchester Marathon, I had already pencilled in the Swansea Half Marathon as my next big target. It is currently 11 weeks away, so plenty of time (I hope) to gain some speed and attempt a sub 2-hour half. Swansea holds a lot of memories for me. It was my university town, it is the place I met my husband, and it was the place I first discovered the joy of running. If any race is going to snap me out of my current doldrums, this is it.

  • Carry out a race postmortem

Yeah, not so great at this. As I said, I am a “do-er” and really like the internal audit, but in this case, I know exactly where I went wrong. I went out too fast and I didn’t do enough long runs, both of which should be an easy fix for next time

  • Join a club

Done that, and loving it!

In the spirit of finding positives amongst the negatives, it is actually refreshing to be disheartened by a 4:48 marathon time. I completed my first marathon  in 5:45 and, until London 2011, my fastest marathon was a 5:30. In fact, the London PB of 5:06:23 stood for 4 years before I broke it in Chester last year.

I will be putting up a race review of Manchester in due course, but I need to get back in the swing of running before I do.

Has anyone else ever suffered from the post-race blues, and if so, how did you manage to get over them?

Happy Running

Helen xx


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