Racing is exciting, but even though races are a lot of fun, there are times when you might experience some sadness when they're over. Here are my tips for staying happy after the race excitement is long gone.
5 Ways to Prevent Post-race Depression
- Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't achieve your race goals.
- Make plans for another race. Find a training plan like the ones in Brad Hudson's and Matt Fitzgerald's book Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon: How to Be Your Own Best Coach. The book encourages you to come up with your own plans, too. That's what I like to do.
- Do something you haven't had time to do while training for the race like trying some new recipes.
- Races can be hard on the body. Put your feet up and read some running blogs!
- Race vacations are my favorite way to get my mind off of a less than stellar race result.
Here's an article that brings up some good points about post-race depression.
Your Race Recaps Found on the Web this Week
Mommy Run Fast blogger, Laura, completed the Montclair Oktoberfest 5K (NJ) as her comeback race after having a baby. She finished in 21:58 and was the 3rd woman!
Run Mommy Run blogger, Lucie, ran the Run for the Grapes 5K (Canada) with her twin sister and they both earned PR's! She finished in 27:54 and her sister finished just behind her and I'm sure the fun sister competition made the race more fun.
Still a Runner blogger, Mary Lou, qualified for the 2015 National Senior Games, for ages 50 and up, by completing the Moving for Melanoma 5K race in 26:12 in the 65-69 age group!
Dream Big Runner blogger, Christine, completed the Howlin' Coyote 10K trail race (VA) in 1:17 and is another mother who recently had a baby. The race director spoke with each finisher at the finish line - nice touch!
Kim Runs Miles with Smiles blogger completed the Perfect 10K Race (VA) in 1:11 and earned a PR! See her recap for photos and information about her friends who were also racing.
Life to the Full blogger, Amy, completed her second half marathon at the Wild Hog Half Marathon (ND) in 1:36! She finished 6th female out of 331.
Fast Cory ran the Bear 100 Mile Race (UT) in 34:32! I don't know which part would be worse: the 22,500' elevation or the muddy trails.
Love & Zest blogger, Kristina, completed the Miracle Miles 15K (9.3 mi.) race (FL). Along with her recap, she posted a recipe for Coconut Quinoa Granola.
Congrats to all of this week's racers for crossing the finish line!