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Hi CrazyCaz! Well the last few months have been trial and error with both pre and post-run food. I originally started off with cereal, and felt too heavy then now just eat a slice of toast and a banana, and go out after 30 minutes or so. Post-run I have a glass of milk and 2 boiled eggs for protein. Any other suggestions what I should be eating?
In addition I've been able to check my HR, and it goes up as high as 170+ on easy runs, but when I stop drops to 120 quite quickly. Is that normal?? I'm really frustrated as I don't know if I'm actually progressing or not?
I meant are you eating enough calories in a day. It doesn't matter what you eat before or after a run if it is still too little over all. Just speaking from experience and it might not be a problem for you at all. I was trying to run half marathons on about 1000 calories a day. In hindsight it was obvious why I was struggling, but at the time I felt that I was eating loads.
Can't comment on the HR. I've never measured mine so have no idea what is normal.
Hi rrevin, thanks for your response. Please excuse my stupidity, but I haven't been on RW for a while. From what I read on here, is 'base' meant as running at a pace within the recommended HR? If so, that is NOT what I've been doing, which has concerned me lately, and the fact that my diet needs a complete overhaul. During an easy run my MHR should be about 130bpm, and it gets as high as 160-170bpm within a few minutes? Also, from the minute I start running I include that as my daily mileage, which includes the warm up and cool down period. Should this be separate? As for muscle tone I feel as if it's not as good as it was a while back. I'm trying hard not to let it get me down, but these last few weeks have been a real strugge, and push myself out there even when I'm knackered. After my run on Tuesday, it all just got too much and I went into complete meltdown, hence giving both my mind and body a break from it all for a few days.
Thanks so much for the advice!
Did an easy 7.5km run on the treadmill today. Felt much better and relaxed compared to my last run on Tuesday. My HR reading on the tready and Garmin varied at times, and made it a point to check at different intervals........weird!! But overall my average HR was at 140bpm.
Will try not to stress so much about the HR, but will continue to fuel and pace myself better!
I had a 3 day break last week, and that did me a world of good, as I was feeling really worn out, due to not eating properly, and the majority of my runs the previous week were done at 85+% MHR. Saturday's 5 mile run was very relaxed, and yesterdays 10K was meant to be an easy run, but the wind just blew me all over the place!! LOL!! I never run 2 days in a row, but realise I will need to in order to build mileage, and pick up my pace.
I'm just finding it infuriating, as last year I was able to do steady 10K's at a comfortable pace, including a few sprints here and there, within an hour, and feel totally fine after, but now struggle with it, unless I'm going really slow.......any slower and I'd be walking!! I'd like to think I could do a 10K sub-40, or at least sub-45 but feel that's a long way off!!
How long have you been running for?
Today did 3 miles in 32 minutes......was hoping to go further but again felt tired? A few weeks and months ago, I felt so energised to do 10k and longer runs, even 9 milers felt good and manageable. But even todays 3 miler was a struggle. What is wrong with me lately?! LOL!!
Experienced runners please give me some hope!!
Today was an easy 6.11miles in 1hr 12 mins with my HR at 131bpm. Felt good even though it was lashing down. But, need to do a run tomorrow and Sunday to meet my 5 X runs and 25+mpw.
Just wanted advice again from the experienced runners. Even though my easy runs are stlll quite slow, should I be stepping up the speed a bit more in my normal runs, and how should I incorporate it? I have done a few strides here and there, but it's not been consistent. I really want to be picking up my pace now, as I feel running 25+miles p/w at a slow pace won't benefit me as much. I know I can do it, as I've done speedwork before, and have the determination to see it through.
Any advice is much appreciated.
Thanks Bru for your kind response. All the advice I've been given on here has been great, I just expect alot more out of myself! For some reason I actually enjoy getting out in this weather, and found myself running twice last week in the pouring rain.....needs must!! I find the easiest way to combat the horrid weather, is to put my running gear on, and just head out the door. You'l feel a million times better once you've finished.
How often/much do you run every week? I've been advised in order to pick up my pace, I should try adding in more mileage a week ie; 1 more run a week, and some hills. Well, Holland is as flat as a pancake, but I did some hillwork at the gym today.......40 mins on 1% incline. Depending on what your goals are RW have got some great schedules, that include speedwork, tempo runs, etc.....but to start, maybe sprinkle in a few strides as part of your daily run, take it from there.
I'm thinking of following a 10K 8 week schedule at sub-40, a tad bit optimistic, but that might be a good starting point to incorporating speedwork. I'm hoping someone will say its achievable!!!
Let us know how you get on with your progress.
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