Comrades Marathon Post-Race Depression


I admit. Recovering from my 1st Comrades race is much harder than expected. After 6 weeks I feel ready to get back into some sort of training program but my body and legs feel so heavy and slow. I’ve also been low on motivation. It does not help that it is winter either :). I am probably a bit too hard on myself but I feel a bit lost after such an amazing Comrades build-up and race. Ya, definitely suffering from post-race depression!

One of the reasons I blog is that it helps me getting out of that ‘go slow’ mode. It gives me perspective. Makes me look back and see where I have come from and how much I have achieved in the last 2 and a half years…”never in million years would I have thought” kind of thing. I was telling myself that it was time to set some new goals and putting myself under a bit of pressure to get out there again. I tried and it is hard! I think I am not ready to commit to anything big right now. And that is OK… I will take it easy over the next few months and see how things go.

First time I am experiencing such a slump of a period. I guess it’s a matter of just keep going. This too is part of the Comrades experience…savour the moment though not for too long 🙂

I did tick some races on the calendar…but nothing that excites and scares me at the same time as much as training for Comrades did. Well, nothing that I would be ready for this year anyway.


About Moerieda Mackay

Late to running and absolutely loving it! I'm married to my soulmate, Adam and blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am a Business Transformation and Innovation Professional and holds a MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering. Yip, a bit of a workaholic. I became addicted to ultra running whilst searching for that elusive “work-life” balance at the age of...40! I have no sporting background and with zero athletic ability running is by far the most challenging thing I've taken on but it has put me on a path of self discovery and serious transformation both physically, mentally and spiritually...and I love it!

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