Is it me, or are things getting more difficult?

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We all know that paying the bills is a bit more difficult nowadays. We also know that it is bit harder to make ends meet and it’s more difficult to know what the future is going to hold in terms of jobs, finance, the environment and politics. I know this isn’t me – this is just things getting more difficult as we head towards the 21st century teens.

But how come, now that I am two weeks into my 16 week marathon training schedule, I am finding it harder to run that I did when I started?

I have been running first thing in the morning before work, which is pretty tough at the best of times when it is dark, cold and wet. But it isn’t that – it’s more that I feel sluggish, tired and like I weigh about 25 stone when I am out. I only did a 4 mile run this morning in the drizzly rain, but every time I lifted up my foot to run, it was like my leg had turned to lead.

Is it because I am out running immediately after I get out of bed and before breakfast? I heard on a podcast once that even if you can’t eat before you head out first thing, having a glass of Coke helps as it gives you a bit of sugar to keep you going (I have tried this but I am not sure whether it has helped).

Is it because I am carrying extra weight after the Christmas period? Every time I pick up a 5kg bag of potatoes, I always think that that is what I am having to carry with me each run, when I really shouldn’t have it on me at all.

Is it because my poor body is in shock – going from running once or twice a week up to five times?

I am not sure what the answer is, but it is making the mornings difficult. No, I am not going to get disheartened because I am only going to improve over the next 14 weeks, but I wish I knew what was going on.

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3 responses to “Is it me, or are things getting more difficult?

  1. Hi, just stumbled across your blog and thought I might chime in. What distance are you running? If you’re doing long runs 5 times a week, you’ll start to feel sluggish because you won’t be able to recover enough!
    Try having a few (2 or 3) days off and see how you feel on your first run after that. If that doesn’t do the trick, I find I run much better around mid day or early afternoon!

  2. I think every runner knows these feelings. I’m sure it’s partly seasonal. The days lengthen, but only imperceptibly, I would rather have the sharp frosts of last week than today’s grey dankness.
    I cheer myself up with thoughts of the runs that are enjoyable, those when legs never tire, when the sun shines and a light wind blows and one feels one could run forever.
    I do most of my training on my own, partly by necessity, partly through choice. But on Sunday I will run with a marathon training group. Though there are times, especially at races, when I curse my fellow runners, I’m sure that doing some training in company helps in all sorts of ways.

  3. @ladlam Thank you for your advice. I am mixing my distances – I generally only have one long run a week. I do think it is the time, but unfortunately due to my work commitments, if I don’t run first thing, I don’t run 😦 I am sure I will get used to it.

    @Tom Roper I completely agree on the weather front. I much prefer -3 and icy than 8 degrees, grey, miserable and wet. I also train alone (it is a necessity but also through choice) except on a Wednesday when I run with my running club. I do wonder whether I would find it easier if I had a running buddy, but not many people would want to be up at that time of the day!

    Onwards and upwards…

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