I'm new to running (I've been doing it on and off since March though have only ran consistently since last month) and have only recently been capable of running 5k. I do this now 3/4 times a week.
My problem is that running has seemed to decreased my appetite I am literally having to force food into my mouth to ensure I'm getting the necessary calories. In literally all the articles I've read, it says running regularly should mean you have no trouble eating a hearty amount of food. This lack of appetite I've been experiencing has literally only been since I've started running 5k, so only the past couple of weeks.
I am significantly overweight. This will hopefully change soon but could I be pushing myself too hard? I am still a slow runner. 5k in just under 50 mins is the pace I'm at now but as a fat lady, I'm hardly Paula Radcliffe. I'm losing around 2lbs a week running and eating healthily so I'm pretty sure I'm getting a good workout.
Is this normal at all? Do I need to see my doctor? I'm fed up of not enjoying my food.
I recently started running to both lose weight and strengthen my lower back muscles. I'm pleased to say I'm succeeding in both despite only starting less than a month ago.
I run on average three times a week and am currently averaging at a couple of miles a day, though not all in one shot. I power walk between running. I am trying to build myself up gradually which is NOT in my nature at all as my instinct is to do as much as possibly as quickly as possible.
The pain I was experiencing in my lower back which drove me to start running anyway has completely gone. However I am getting dull aching in my calves that gets steadily worse the further I run. I believe it is this that is stopping me from improving my distance more than my fitness level. I run both on pavement and in woodland near my home and my running shoes are of decent quality. I spoke to my doctor who said take ibuprofen before I run.
Does anyone have any tips for me, or ways I could improve or suggestions for doing thing differently...? My only goal is to keep losing weight. When I am at my target weight I still plan to keep running as to tell the truth I am already a little addicted to the endorphin rush I get!