I agree that it's a very common feeling and I've experienced it too. Especially when you train with a group and you're together for so long, then all of that stops. I've found that signing up for another race (wouldn't have to be a marathon) to have something to look forward to helps.
I've completed 16 marathons and 4 ultramarathons. I don't know if that qualifies me as an expert or not, but I'll mention that post-race depression is common. I think that is especially true after a race as exciting as the WDW Marathon. I encourage you to focus your time and attention on a good recovery activity (something you enjoy--how about swimming?) for a week or two and then start preparing for your next race.
Congratulations on completing your first marathon. That is a major accomplishment
keep sigining up for races even if it's a 5K that way you have something to look forward too.
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I always, always have races on the horizon, so even after 5 marathons, I've never experienced post-race depression.
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I finished my first marathon and while I'm super happy about it, I'm also kind of depressed now. I started training for it in September or so and basically every week I had a long run scheduled and a lot of my time was spent thinking about my runs, planning my routes, wondering when I'd have time to get them in. Weekends were planned around my runs...
And up until the race - my time was measured by pre-Marathon and post-Marathon.
Now I do have another half schedule in March and at this point, I'm not sure if/when I'll do another full. I'm hoping to do better on my next half and hope to do a couple more as the year goes on, but nothing like what I had to go through for the full.
It's kind of this big build up and once it's done - I don't know what to do. Just wondering if it's all just post-race high and I'm still just coming down from it. I definitely did not feel this way after running my first half.
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