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I Need Running Tips!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Today was just not my day to run. I am proud to say that I have been running pretty consistently, which is important. This week I have run on Sunday, Monday, and this evening, except that on Sunday and Monday I ran with my husband around our development, which at the time, I thought was difficult! I was more than happy to go back to the American Tobacco Trail after work and decided to run 4 miles (since we ran 4 miles on Sunday and 3 on Monday). Wow though, it was HARD. I'm not sure if it was because of the temperature (it was 89 degrees after it being in the 70's this week), or that I didn't eat (the past two days I have eaten something before the run, although today I had tons of water), or that my body was just tired. I'm not sure, but yeah, today wasn't an easy run. It doesn't help that my breathing isn't the best according to my husband (he says that I sound like I am in labor and would probably stop less if I breathed correctly), and the fact that I didn't eat any food beforehand, although over the past couple of days I have had some crazy GI issues immediately after running hence me not eating today.

I would LOVE some suggestions on what I should/could be doing better!
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    As far as the breathing goes, I have found that after a few minutes of running, I need to take a deep breath and then take a short inhale before exhaling to get my breathing more regular and not so "labored". I was sounding like I was dying and I couldn't get my breath.

    The heat zaps my energy as well. I have my first 5K this weekend and I'm actually hoping for rain so I can stay cool!
    2170 days ago
  • K8CAL917
    Hey Amanda, I totally agree with the previous post - I think the difficulty you had was the direct result of running 3 days in a row. Most would recommend every other day. I do go two days in a row pretty regularly just because I need to get miles in and I'm used to it now, but try to work in gym workouts, cycling, swimming, or workout tapes to mix it up. If I go 3 days in a row or try to do two big runs in a row I feel like I'm dragging through it and it's no fun!

    As for eating beforehand, I never do (unless I'm doing a bigger run or a race) but that's because that's what works for me and everyone is different. My husband feels slow and unmotivated if he doesn't eat, even if we're just doing a 2-3 miler.

    Your breathing probably sounds the way it does because you're working closer to your VO2max. Try to focus on taking bigger, deeper breaths (you're probably taking quick shallow breaths now?). Although it seems like you need the quick breaths b/c your heart rate is high, the deeper breaths will actually help you get the O2 you need.

    Great job!
    Hope this helps!
    2171 days ago
  • BILL60
    Listen to your body. If it's run down, take a break or just walk it off.
    2171 days ago
    Since you want suggestions: Do not run two days in a row! You're setting yourself up for injury. Cross-train instead. Much better for your body.
    2172 days ago
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