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1584 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 23, 2013 3:52 PM by LStanhope
SarahBlumenshine Rookie 3 posts since
Aug 17, 2013
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Sep 20, 2013 9:46 PM

Fatigue Issues

Hello All -


Hoping you will have some suggestions for me.  I am a newbie runner, recently finished the C25k, been running a total of 2.5 months.  Prior to the C25k it had been a couple of years since I had exercised regularly.  I ran my first 5k race a week ago and have been trying to keep up a routine of 8 or 9 miles a week over three runs.  The problem is, my body is SO TIRED.  I even feel it going up the stairs in my house - my quads burn.  There was a time during the buildup to 5k that I felt I could have just kept running even when my 2 or 3 miles were up.  But since about a week prior to the race, I have just been gutting my runs out and now that the race is over, I am struggling with motivation.  Should I taper off the mileage for a week or two?  Or should I try to push through it?  Any tips for how I can get to the next step would be very helpful.  Thanks!

  • shipo Legend 499 posts since
    Aug 9, 2013
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    1. Sep 21, 2013 7:39 AM (in response to SarahBlumenshine)
    Fatigue Issues

    Have you been timing your runs?  I ask because you might be running faster than you realize and too fast for your level of conditioning.

    Fat old man PRs:

    • 1-mile (point to point, gravity assist): 5:50
    • 2-mile: 13:49
    • 5K (gravity assist last mile): 21:31
    • 5-Mile: 37:24
    • 10K (first 10K of my Half Marathon): 48:16
    • 10-Mile (first 10 miles of my Half Marathon): 1:17:40
    • Half Marathon: 1:42:13
  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    2. Sep 21, 2013 7:49 AM (in response to shipo)
    Fatigue Issues

    +1 on shipo's comment.  Having gotten in "race mode" you may be pushing too hard on your regular runs.  The other things to consider are your diet, that you're eating properly and hydrating properly; and other issues in your life, work or personal, that may be having an effect.


  • LStanhope Amateur 18 posts since
    Aug 24, 2013
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    5. Sep 23, 2013 3:52 PM (in response to SarahBlumenshine)
    Fatigue Issues

    In addition to timing your runs, have you tried cross-training? Aside from the physical benefits (like strengthening my core and my knees, etc.), cross-training just lets me "spice" things up with my running. This has helped me stay motivated and it may work for you. Kudos to you for the 5K!

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