Hi all, not posted in a while. I was a competitive runner, regularly racing in 10k and half marathons until March 2012 when an injury (recurrent shin problems) put me out of action for about 15 months. In the end, the pain was put down to growing pains and a major growth spurt... I tried to return in the Summer of 2013 then got mild Achilles tendonitis, even with proper orthotics and careful training. I took up cycling- and following three Himalayan expeditions I'm now ready to take the risk of returning to the sport I love. I'm 19.
But haven't ran for 2 years, hence want to return properly. I am much fitter now, but my legs are adapted to long-distance road cycling and hiking with heavy loads instead. In the past months I've also strength trained regularly, so they should be quite robust.
Any folks been in the same position? Would I need to start with walks before jogging or can I just take it steady? What mileage would you advise? Any tips appreciated.
I know from experience the frustration and emotional despair of injuries; it is all down to personality types but I can fully understand how food becomes a coping mechanism during times of injury where you're unable to control body image through exercise.
Also could it be a lack of a protein? I'm not trying to cut protein but I calculated my intake and because I've replaced animal proteins with non-animal where possible (i.e. seeds/nuts) I'm not getting enough apparantely.
Hi all, thanks for the replies. To answer a few questions- Tota, I'm only running about 12-14 miles a week (one 4 mile run, one 10k run, one interval run) but I am doing more endurance training too like long bike rides (40 miles yesterday!).
I was trying to lose a couple of lbs of body fat but not that much. I'm not sure how long it was sicne I checked my weight but I knew I'd definitely lost a lot. My body fat has visibly decreased though.
Nessie- all fine and normal. I have a high fibre diet so rarely ever get any problems with that stuff...
Had urines done recently (3-4 months ago, and I've had this energy problem on and off since Christmas but this time it's worse) and was all clear. Like with the blood test, they were done when they were investigating the running injury (shin pain) to rule out any other problems.
Fido2dogs I've just started a food diary so I can try and identify some patterns if they emerge between diet and energy. I often find that exercise makes me feel more energetic. But at the same time, if I eat some simple sugars like honey or ice cream, or some bread, my energy increases.
Is it safe to be eating a lot of carbs (oats, beans, lentils, brown rice, fruit, sweet potato)? Is it only the bad sugars that increase diabetes risk etc?
After returning to training recently from a long-term injury I'm definitely not feeling myself. I keep going through periods of a few days/week of exhaustion, generally that gets worse through the day or sitting around for a while. I feel tired, even getting up off the sofa is a bit tiring, my strength and bounce just disappears. I've been getting the same sleep as usual but I'm waking up feeling more tired than usual. I'm working every day without much time for rest/relaxation but this is nothing new.
I'm still not training that hard, I've been building up gradually. 4 runs (12/14 miles) a week with strength work. I'm 6ft 4, 18 and with a high metabolism. When I was competing 10k last year I trained nearly every day and a lot harder than I am now but ate less and never had these energy crashes.
The only thing different is my diet, but it's a lot better than it used to be. It's higher in healthy fats (nuts, fish, seeds, less dairy and meat), more fruit and veg, more complex carbs and less refined carbs like bread, sugar, cakes, pasta. I'm eating what feels like loads and more regularly but I've lost nearly a stone in the past few weeks of training. I had my bloods tested recently and they were clear.
Any ideas of what this is?? I already feel like I'm eating a crazy amount of carbs for the little training I'm doing but I'm losing weight and can't alleviate the tiredness even with sleep, I'm thirsty too. I've been knackered and slow on my runs too despite fuelling up on carbs beforehand (although I was fine on a 40 mile bike ride this morning with a huge bowl of Porridge and fruit before, but crashed this afternoon). Help!