I am a bit annoyed tonight as I went out for my first run of the week and although the mind was willing, my little legs just would not carry me - it felt awful, not to mention it's rubbish
I have been running since about April this year and at the moment, I do 15-20 miles a week. Over the past couple of weeks, I had some great runs, last week I even did 5 miles Tue-Thur ... and they were those great ones where you feel like you could go on and on. I do 5ks when I am short on time or doing hill work/fartlek but I usually do 7k + four times a week.
I was going for a 5 miler today but could barely do 5k! I haven't run since last Thursday (Christmas things have got in the way!) so it's not like I am not rested. I do eat well - healthy and little and often - so it's not that I am not 'fuelled'. Oh and sorry if this is too much information for the gents out there but I am currently having my 'monthly visitor', in fact the pill I am on at the moment makes this happen every couple of weeks at the moment, rather than monthly. I am aware this can cause iron problems so I am taking my multivits everyday. I do work full time - but it's office work so I am on my arse for most it it, it's not like I have worn myself out today on the daily grind!
Has anyone else encountered this problem, and if so, how did you deal with it? I am planning to run tomorrow after work but I don't think I will look forward to it as much as I usually do after tonight's epic fail!
I have bought some thicker running tights and a Brooks Nightlife Infiniti long sleeve top - which, mathschick, has a hood with a hole at the back to stick your ponytail/bun through. I tried it on last night - even though I slightly resemble ET sitting in the front basket of Elliot's bike, I can tell it's practical and not too thick and bulky. I have some Nike gloves too - as I said, I haev been stocking up! But I still get quite hot out at the moment in a thin running jacket so hopefully it will be a while until I try these out. The ice will be a problem if it snows near me - the last couple of years, the snow compacted into ice and the pavements were trecherous. I was thinking about investing in some Yaktrax Pro ice grips ... they will even help me out walking to the train station for work in the morning.
Anyway, sorry, don't want to turn this thread into a winter running one, back to the subject! Nice to meet all you early runners!
Wow, I am relieved it's not just me who goes out to run very early in the morning! Three times a week (I run four though - I do speed and hill work on the treadmill at the moment), I am up at 4am, have a coffee and a slice of Warburton's raisin bread with a smidge of honey, get my gear on, do my stretches and I'm out of the door at 4.45am. My friends (non-runners) think I am mad but it's just what works best for me.
I live in the suburban outskirts of London and run on the pavements. There are parks and woods near me but I would not feel safe in those at that early time in the morning, however I like the fact that there is literally no-one around (apart from the odd fox, early bus or milkfloat chugging along). I have been for a few evening runs after work but trying to cross the roads etc. with all that traffic drives me mental. Plus I am definitely more energised and motivated in the morning.
Also, a early run allows me to have a free evening so I often head to gym for a spin class - and recently I have been cross training/using kettlebells at home to try to improve my runs.
I have only been seriously running since April but I am addicted. I have already stocked up on some (hi-vis) winter running gear for when it gets really cold as I don't really know what running through that season is going to be like. Any hints?