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 great...like 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!
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 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.
That is a good thought. I have been timing my runs, mostly because I keep trying to push myself and improve my time. I am starting to wonder if that isn't the best approach; what I'm reading seems to suggest that you run at a comfortable pace, keep conditioning and challenging yourself, and over time your speed will take care of itself. I will try slowing down for now and see if that helps. Thanks for the suggestion!
Great points - thank you. Yes, I have definitely been in race mode, wanting to improve my time for my next 5k in November. I have been running with my husband, and he is much faster than I am. Sounds like I need to take it more slowly, and could probably stand to get more sleep than I currently do. Thanks, Len.
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!