Post-Marathon: Recover your Running Mojo

Blitz post-marathon blues and find your next running challenge



victor thompson, asics, paris marathon, marathon
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Accept the dip

”With all the time energy effort, hope, worry and expectation that goes into our marathon campaign, once we cross the finish line and the dust has settled, we can experience a post-marathon dip.  For some this dip is for significant and others, more like post-marathon blues.

“There are many reasons why we can have this experience. One of the main ones, which is often overlooked, is that when the body is physically tired, along with this can come at dip in mood. Another reason is that the marathon is such a big goal in our lives and when it passes we can feel somewhat lost.” Dr Victor Thompson, sports psychologist and member of the ASICS PRO Team.

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Gained a new pb by 34 minutes, even though i missed out on a four hour race, i was only 17 mins away. I just need to find that miracle solution to overcome the mental barrier, hitting the wall at 23 miles, resorting to a run walk for a short period.

 Had a proper run last night, six gentle miles, legs feeling fine. Frimley 10k a sunday week.


Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:52

I have just completed my first marathon and feel fine? how long should I rest before I start to training again. 
Posted: 30/04/2012 at 13:36

Did you run manchester or London. The official line is 1 day for 1 mile recovery, but if you run on a regular basis then take a week out go for a gentle run see how the legs and body feel. And just re introduce slightly longer runs over the next two or three weeks.
Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:25

You may feel fine Fergy but the damage goes quite deep. Gently does it just light jogging and plenty of stretching, slowly building back to strong and fully healed legs. I did Paris a fortnight ago and am now Starting to feel ready for some efforts.
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