I had been training well for the Zurich marathon until about 2 weeks ago and now it has all gone pear shaped very fast and I don't know why.
I did my usual long run and was scheduled for 18 M and crashed at 12, struggled to the train station at 15M. The next day I couldn't run, same the day after -it was like I had totally run our of gas.
After a couple of days off, I did 3M slowly, then 6 and then tried another flat and vanilla long...died at 10M. I seem to be able to run, just seem to konk out and I really do die- it is hitting the wall big time.
If I talk to my GP I know that he will just say rest...you can run 10m enjoy that...that kind of guy.
The frustrating thing is that I have no idea why I cannot run, I had been happily doing 50M a week, my Yazzo's were good although I had found it hard to do a tempo run and stay at 80% for the last few weeks.
I have been eating well, hydrating well..
I am not speedy, mainly enjoy running, aiming for under 4hours in the marathon. No-one else I knows runs, so look at me as if I am from Mars when I describe my problems. I am 45, hypothyroid -got it the levels checked in case.
I had a similar thing a year ago -but was diagnosed hypothyroid and now take thyroxine, all has been great since then and I felt good and proud of getting back into things.
Now, I feel like ---- and am 6 weeks away from the marathon.
Please do not tell me to stop, slow down..fine, stop..no, will go potty. I always run outside (live in Switzerland, running heaven) and it keeps me sane.
But I have no idea what to do and the idea of cancelling Zurich is depressing.
OK- second question; I am about 4kg heavier than I want to be. Apparently to lose weight I should consume around 1250 kcal. I run 7-8 Miles on average a day-so use up at least 700...making my limit around 2000...I eat around 1400, not junk -but do not lose weight. What else should I monitor?
I am hypothyroid but take thyroxine and the dose is regularly checked.
I love reading magazines such as Runner's World, but get confused as to what bit of training is most important. I currently run 6 days a week, alternating between hard and easy. My hard include a long run, a Tempo run and interval work. However, I am endlessly told that hill work is good, to run on an empty stomach...etc and simply do not have time for all the stuff that I read about.
Howdo I gauge what to do AND enjoy reading running info?