First things first: Welcome to my new blog!
I’ve been experiencing unreal fatigue pretty much since the St George Marathon where I ran a 6 minute PR at elevation. The first week after, I did not run at all but did a fair amount of difficult hiking. The following weeks I ran low mileage but my former coach had me doing intervals and tempo runs, which in retrospect, was likely too much too soon, especially as a 52-year-old (I may not feel 52, but I am!). Naps were not a luxury; they were necessary if I was going to function and work.
I was hoping to race in this year’s Rothman 8K since I love the distance and PRed last year. But as race day approached, my fatigue did not abate and I was not at all feeling race ready, especially for a competitive race like the Rothman. After talking it over with the women’s team captain, I decided not to run.
Over the past month, I can’t remember ever really waking up feeling refreshed and have been having trouble hitting track workout paces that are normally not all that difficult for me. I’ve had good days and good runs – all followed by days of feeling sizzled beyond logic where it was hard to get out of bed. Plus, both my gastrocnemius muscles have been aching, and I’ve been feeling a twinge in my IS joint, which I injured after returning to running too quickly after the 2015 NYC Marathon.
I don’t want a repeat of that injury, and I don’t want a new injury. It’s possible that after all that high mileage, my ferritin levels are low.
So, I’ve finally accepted reality. Time for a rest. Time for some prehab weeks. This is especially important for master’s runners – runners who are over age 40.
For the next 2 or 3 weeks, I will run minimal mileage – around 10-20 miles per week, depending on how I feel. I’ll also work in some cross training and yoga. Last night, for example, I did the elliptical and the bike at the gym for a total of an hour of cardio. It was boring, compared to running, but I got to watch some Food Network shows and catch up with a friend.
Racing is hard on your mind as well as your body. I’m bummed that my fall racing season is over, but I’m also looking forward to some down time, both physically and mentally.
Over the next few weeks, I want to run for the pure joy of movement. I want to take classes at the gym that I normally don’t have time for – like Zumba. I want and love to run fast and do speed work, but I need to cut that way back so my body can fully repair. I am hoping to feel like my zippy old self in a few weeks. If I do, maybe I’ll squeeze in a race or two.
Until then, I am going to make the most of my down time. I’m going to cook, knit, and hang out with my boyfriend, friends and kitties. And of course, I’m going to get this blog in working form! There’s lots of work to do in terms of redirecting URLs/relinking.etc I’ll keep you posted on my workouts.
What tips do you have for getting over fatigue?