Runwales - I checked my log. You are right. I probably averaged once a week football and even cut that back when marathon training. I need to make a choice I guess and cut back the footy. I dont know if it is the sprints etc that produce the tiredness, but I would consider it as hard as an 8 mile easy run in terms of knackerdness. I have tried playing in defence and can use half the effort - maybe that will help as well.
I would appreciate any advice. I am back to running after a 7 year brreak. I used to run 50+ miles pw + cycling/football. Then I got a post viral illness and was wiped out for 5 years. I am now back aged 43 and have been playing 5 a side for one hour x 3 days a week for 2 years. I really want to run quite high mileage again, however, I find the football (monday, tues, friday) very intensive;leaving me still tired the next day. Does any one have any idea how much effort this football should be using - it feels like a speed session, but i dont know if this is a legacy of my illness. Have I really got to cut back the footy to run more?