Tips To Combat Post-Marathon Depression

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 22, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM UTC

Many runners suffer from the blues after their big race.

The Denver Post’s Kyle Wagner has penned a helpful article about dealing with the post-marathon blues.

Marathoners undergo an incredible amount of physical and mental stress during the race and once the runner’s high has dissipated, many find themselves depressed. Martina Young, a marathoner and coach knows these blues all too well.

“I felt the blues after two races,” she says. “You’re going along, so into what just happened, and then all of a sudden, there it is. It can be so unexpected.”

Young compares the experience to going on a vacation–something that takes a lot of planning and preparation. When it’s over, it can be quite a letdown.

One thing that can help, Young says, is to mix up your racing, so if you just ran a marathon, plan on tackling a triathlon–something that will make you excited to prepare for since it requires different training.

You should also be prepared for the possibility that suffering from post-race depression can happen to you.


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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