More than 40,000 runners competed the hottest London Marathon on record last Sunday. Whether you’ve earned yourself a shiny new PB, finished your first marathon or just completed the course, it’s a tremendous achievement.
Find out how you can move on and build on your marathon experience - whether your race went to plan or not. Blitz those post-marathon blues and get inspired to take on a new running challenge.
Expand your horizons
If you’ve caught the marathon bug, then you’ve come to the right place. Check out our events finder for UK races listed on our site – offroad adventures, speedy road races or coastal tours – you'll find your next marathon here.
Alternatively, if you'd rather sit back and wait till next spring, here's how to sign up to London Marathon 2019, plus other popular spring marathons.
If you're not quite ready to sign up to another 26.2 (we don't blame you), take a look at the following for inspiration:
Beat the blues
“You might have a real sense of anti-climax. You can overcome this by choosing a completely new challenge. Try a duathlon, an adventure race or take up a new activity like tennis or yoga to help both your body and mind recover from the rigours of a marathon,” says running coach Bud Baldaro.
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.
And if the race didn't go to plan...
1. Find the positives
“It's all part of the rich tapestry of running. It may have been a lack of hydration, incorrect training, excessive performance anxiety, hot temperatures, poor race strategy etc. It's easy to be downcast as a novice when these sorts of thing happen, but it's important experience to get under your belt, and will make you appreciate the good days even more… In time you'll come to look back at it as a useful experience and you might even treasure the memory. It's a victory of sorts to even keep on going when everything's going wrong.” Forumite Broadsword Calling Danny Boy
2. Emerge stronger and wiser
“I always think there are positive things to take from the experience, even if it hasn't quite gone to plan. After a bad race experience, I think: learn from what went wrong and move on. You'll be a stronger, wiser runner as a result.” Alison Hamlett, triathleteswold.co.uk editor.
3. Set new targets
A few weeks after the race, set yourself a new challenge or goal – and put your last event down to experience. "Your running career isn't about one race, use disappointment to fuel your next success," says sports psychologist Neal Bowes.