Trogs - I do try and do a 8-10k run before my first night, but don't always feel like it!! I have been persevering with HR training but have not seen any significant improvement, I guess I'll keep at it and hope my times improve!
T.mouse - I get about 5-6 hours sleep after my second night shift, and I tend to just get up and go for a run, and always try to go offroad through woods/country park. I generally don't feel too bad on this run, its the days afterwards when I just can't drag myself out, should I aim to run every other day on my 6 days off? I must add that I also play football once a week if I'm not working, and cycling to work on some days. I feel that maybe I need to structure it better on my days off and commit to it.
Hi there, this is my first post on here and I am after a bit of advice. I have only been running for a couple of years and only up to about 12k. I was doing 25-26 min 5k and 50-55 10k about 18months ago but have gradually been getting slower to the point where I struggle to get below 30mins for 5k. I've pit this down to a combination of putting on weight and struggling to get regular runs in. I work shifts, 2 days then 2 nights and then get 6 days off. I do 12 hour shifts and with 2 hours travelling per day makes training on the four days that I'm working a write off. Then on the six days off if I do a long run(only 10k!) on the first day I pay for it for the next few days. I must also add that I got a hrm at Christmas which I've been using most times I train, and it slowed me right down and never seem to find the pace that I had. I want to lose weight and get my times back down but seem to be stuck in a rut at the moment and not sure how to get out if it, any advice would be greatly received. Thanks, Ben