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JodyMarie, you're getting some good advice here; I find this topic interesting. Especially the comments from those who agree it takes them quite some time to get their "runner's high". I typically get mine much sooner, 1/2 to 1 mile in but if I'm tired or stressed, it takes longer.

Seems the general consensus is that you're not eating enough & I agree. Note it's likely you need approx 800 calories just to wake, walk, breathe & support general life functions. If you're only taking in another 400 (or less), doesn't leave much to fuel activity. A calorie is a unit of energy & if you don't have the right amount, you'll have no energy.

Re: your comments about your breathing. I'll also note that the cardiovascular & musculoskeletal systems are two different systems & both need training. Took me a while to "get" that, having had years of aerobic training; thought I should be able to run for miles, sore muscles & injuries early on taught me better!

I also recommend you check out books your local library has on Sports Nutrition. A wealth of information is available & the balance of nutrients you need to support your running & offer optimal health is much better offered by nutrition professionals :) Nancy Clark is a good author on that subject and you can do searches on sites such as RunnersWorld.com or at Amazon, using the search term (sports nutrition) to read reviews & recommendations for trusted resources.

I'm one who believes "you have to eat to lose", but of course, you have to eat the right foods in the right portions.

I want everyone to enjoy this sport as much as I do! Wish ya the best!! :)

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I eat about 2500 cal per day
I burn from 500 to 1000 cal per run depending if its my long run I cant imagine eating less

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I agree with what everyone has posted about nutrition. Eat too much and you gain weight, but eat too little (which it sounds like you're doing) and you won't loose either, especially if you're running (you burn about 100 calories/ mile). Looking at your sig, I saw that you're ultimate goal is 120lbs... Is that realistic for you? I'm 5'5" and I have a hard time getting that low. My weight seems to hang right around 125 (non- pregnant of course =)). Maybe set your Spark goals for 135 first and see how that feels and see if it ups the calories for you as well.

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I apologize if someone's already covered this...there were tons of replies already but my take is A) You aren't eating enough pre-run and then B) you may not be refueling enough. You also may not be eating enough in general.
I did the first thing run for a long time (though unfortunately for me that meant 4am) and I never had a problem with the empty stomach running...but some people do. I would recommend eating a banana or piece of toast before...something small that won't bog you down but something that will get your blood flowing and give you a little energy. Heavy legs does definitely seem to be a sign of not enough energy...yesterday I had pleanty to eat and ran fine...today I made the mistake of putting off eating too long and felt like crap the entire run with legs like stone.
You need to refuel post-run...its important too (in my opinion at least). I would recommend making sure you eat within a half hour of ending your run and do a little research on what might be best for you to eat for refueling.
Lastly...if you are only eating your minimum and never going to your max occasionally you may just not be eating enough for your distance...some days you just need more...it won't hurt your efforts and may actually help...it will definitely help your running I believe.

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Yes running gets easier (well, in general! Some runs get a lot harder!)

HOWEVER, I agree that with that feeling you are going too fast! The leg heavy feeling is classic. You need to work and recover. How you are eating could play a part too-- if I don't eat enough, runs that normally are easy for me end up with that heavy leg and light head feeling.

Also, try varying your distances and paces. Part of what makes running easier is doing more of it... If 3.1 miles is always "it," it will always feel hard.

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Totally agree... I often need at least a 9 mile warm up. I'm not kidding about that either! So most days, my runs are totally awful.

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MRS_LOOMIS you make a great point -- we're all different and some of us might do best at a 5K distance while others are more likely to excel at a marathon. I don't think either makes you any more or less of a runner as long as you're out there consistently logging miles and always striving to do better in your next race than the one before.

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I think everyone has a different experience. Like others, I take a LONG time to warm up. The first couple of miles are TORTURE. About mile 4 I start to get a nice rhythm going and then I can complete 10-15. But I have to get through the first bit without getting frustrated.

Try doing a run/walk interval for 5 miles and see whether that helps. You may be built for endurance (which is actually pretty cool.)

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And, I'll reinforce what someone else said... I often have a hard time running until I've been running 20 or 30 minutes. It's often at 45 minutes or an hour when I feel like I could go on forever! (Hey... this is a good reminder to me, too! I've been only doing shorter runs the past 2 weeks and feeling like I've 'lost' something. I'll try at least an hour run this weekend and see if I 'rediscover' it!)

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I agree, 1200 cals is really the bare minimum.

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But that 1200 is supposed to be your bare minimum, not your upper range. It is my minimum as well. I typically eating around 1600-1800 on a running day, and try for 1250-1400 on a non running day.
I weigh 140 and am working on getting back to 125. Hope that helps.

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Just adding my two cents...
Even when I was up to running five miles consistently, I always had a rough time on the first uphill around the corner from where I started. It wasn't even the toughest hill on my course but it felt like it! After a while, I stopped worrying about how hard that part was, got through it and enjoyed the run in general.
I hope you enjoy your runs too!

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You're getting really good advice... just wanted to add one little piece. I am a morning runner and do not tolerate much eating before running, so I eat a large dinner (I know, contrary to what you might think is good) and I am usually fine for my run in the AM.

As for eating more on running days, I don't. I just eat basically the same amount and am over on rest days and under on long run days, but it evens out in the end.

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THANK YOU! :) Means so much to me to have you all respond like this.

So how do I find out what I should "up" my calories to on running days? Does anyone else eat more on running days?

Edit: I changed how much I thought I burned in SP and it didnt change my calories @ all. Still says 1200. SO?

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Got that right Kashmir! Fuel and nutrition are key.

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One other thing to keep in mind, if you are not getting enough nutrition to fuel your workouts, you are setting youself up for injuries.

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I run in the mornings and I used to be able to go running without eating anything. But I've found that now I am MUCH better off having something - a couple of crackers, a slice of whole grain bread, etc. As others have written, everyone is different so you need to see what works best for you.

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Jodymarie - You have a lot of great advice here. Sounds like the problem you're experiencing is from not eating anything before your run, after a night of sleep. You need to eat at least a little something before you head out. Even if it is a banana, a half of a bagel, or something similar, it will make a big difference. An alternative if that just won't work for you, would be to run at a different time of day, if that is possible.

Good luck with your running and keep experimenting. Yes, those worn-out, leaden leg feelings do get better!

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I am not a fan of eating much before I run, but I always drink a whey protein smoothie made with half a banana. It gives me the fuel I need without feeling heavy in my stomach.

I struggled with nutrition early on too because I want to lose weight. I have found that I have to eat more to fuel my body (I actually felt like I was starving all the time), but it balances out in the calorie deficit.

I am fairly new to running, been at it about 10 months. Usually for the first mile of every run, I hate life. But, after that, I get warmed up and settle in and have found that once I make it past 2 - 3 miles, I actually enjoy going the distance.





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Hello Jodi - I don't think about running when I'm running. I don't wear an ipod or garmin. I just run, keep an eye on the roads/cars and think about other things. That makes running a breeze for me.

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Actually, the cereal and milk would probably be ok. The problem is more that you're not eating BEFORE your run first thing in the morning. If that is too much for your stomach can handle, try some juice or similar. The main thing is to get some carbs to sort of kick start your system after not eating all night while you sleep.



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Oatmeal is a great runner food and breakfast is a must even for people trying to lose weight, breakfast is the most important meal. Try eating oatmeal 1 hour before you run.

Make sure you ate dinner night before & get a good night sleep.

Let us know how it goes

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Thank you all for replies! I really do appreciate it. I just have no idea what types of stuff to eat. Different then the same stuff I normally eat. (Which is obviously not running type of foods).

THANK YOU!

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What's worked for me when I feel leaden is eat 1/2 a banana 30 minutes before my run and drink at least 8 oz. of water. After running, be sure to get some protein--yogurt, peanut butter, cottage cheese--along with the other 1/2 of that banana to speed recovery. When I first started running, my food intake was out of whack and I ended up fatigued on even the shortest of runs. Once I found my balance, running got a lot easier, going long distances became fun, and I welcomed the endorphins that accompanied the exercise.

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JodyMarie,

Food is fuel for your body. If you do not have enough fuel to maintain your body's normal functions than you will not have enough fuel to aid in repair and recovery which will lead to poor runs, longer recovery, and even a greater risk for injury.

As for offering specifics, following SparkPeople's plan based on your current level of fitness (this is where plugging in your calories expended is mandatory--and remember SparkPeople does not recommend any of our members to drop below 1200 calories and that is generally for those people who do not exercise) as well as allowing for a much slower loss than average (say no more than 1/2 pound per week) will ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs.

Check your local library...there are a few more books that I like that they may have if they do not have Nancy Clark's book.

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Ok so how do I eat like one?

Besides the book coach Nancy suggested. I will have to look into that book, once finances allow..

I am terrified of eating more. Always have been since I started my Spark journey in March 2007!

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I read through this thread and agree with everyone else's comments, esp. about nutrition. Don't forget to fuel your body with enough calories to sustain itself and also replenish itself after your workouts, esp. running :)

Let us know how things turn out.

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Yep. Start with consuming something about 30 minutes prior to your run and see how you feel. If you don't have time for that and don't want to get up any earlier to eat, try a snack before going to bed - something with carbs like a bowl of cereal.

If that doesn't do it, then cut back on 1 or 2 of your runs for a few weeks and then work your way back up, because you might be doing too much. Although you have been running for a year, it's not been consistent, plus once you stop running for 2-3 weeks you start losing your endurance. You won't lose it all, but you need to give yourself a little time to build back up.

Let us know what you do and how it works.

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Also just another note after runs I eat 3/4-1 cup of cereal like kix or cornflakes...along those lines. (That is what I eat on any given day)

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JodyMarie,

Sounds like you are not eating near enough to support a runner's training plan. Eating less than 1200 calories means your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to aid in repair and more importantly recovery from your runs. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook so that you can better educate yourself on the role nutrition plays in your running.

You do not need to eat a lot before your run...something like a small banana or a small cup of juice should suffice, since the food you eat prior to your run is just to help stabilize your blood sugar level...your runs aren't so long that glycogen depletion is an issue, but you do want to come in from your run and refuel with some carbs and protein.

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bingo...you aren't taking in enough calories to fuel your run. My suggestion, and it is ONLY a suggestion, if it were me, I'd take the 1200 minimum and add in the approx 300 calories you are burning in your run...I would consume a minimum of 1500 calories on a run day, including something prior to the run.

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No i don't listen to music or anything. Dont like the distraction.

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I DO listen to music on my runs, and I just edited my last post below about calories I consume so take a look.

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Joe- I find it hard to get going but only feel its easier when Im well into the run like after 30 min of running I feel like I can run forever
but getting out there and the first 10 min are the hardest part

Do you listen to music, on your runs?

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You need to eat SOMETHING before you head out, eeven if you don't feel like eating. I try to eat a half a banana before I run, then the other half with a protein when I get back.

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eat a little something before like oatmeal honey blueberries no protein or fat because it takes longer to digest

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I have maybe 2-3 times had a 'runners high' in my short career (3 years) of running. However I have ran quite a bit in that time, and for ME (i am not saying for others on here) running has not ever been easy.

The way she termed the question I felt a connection to what she was saying. When i started out I imagined that it would get 'easier'. Hard to explain what that means. But that was the feeling i had.

Even though my endurance is crazy high now, and my speed is much better i can tell honestly the runs aren't any easier than when i started.

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Ok I dont know if I can remember all the quesitons but here is a little jmore info.

I run first thing in morning (6am). I wake up get ready and leave. So I do not eat anything before hand.

I meant not out of breath meaning I am breathing just fine. I do not feel like you would feel if you took off super fast for a run out of nowhere and ran as fast as you could (panting and cant catch your breath) my breathing is just fine, the way it should be. Make sense? SO I am NOT breathing hard.

I have been running for lil over a year NON CONSISTENT due to injuries (not running related). I have just started being consistent again few weeks now. With one time of a 2 week break (the past 2 weeks BEFORE Jan 1)

I have done the C25K 5 times already. Start to finish.

All I am running is 5K. So which usually takes me 35-40 mins.

I do not walk ever, and dont get 8 hours of sleep a night.

OH AND I never go over my minimum of 1200 calories a day. Usually not meeting it (usually @ 1100)

Ok am I missing anything? I thank you all for the replies!

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Joe- come on you never had easy runs ? emoticon

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If you have the same mental blocks that i have then it is a simple answer:

NO

It never gets easier. You just got to suck it up and keep pounding the pavement. For my first 18 months i chased this fantasy until I realized that for me running will always be difficult.

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I think Carolyn made a good point aside from needing more info to go on before giving advice. What we eat can play a big role in energy, ( what makes running easier) If I havnt been eating right or not enough sleep, its much harder to run.

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I'll chime in with the 'slow down', too. I started running in June and now LOVE running! However, I'd say 90% of my runs (so far) have been 'easy'... well, at least after I finished C25K. I probably run TOO slowly! But, I wake up eager to run, I haven't had any injuries, and I was able to do a half marathon just 5 1/2 months after starting C25K.

I also do a run/walk method. For my half marathon, I did a 1 min run/1 min walk and I got faster & faster as the 13 miles went by! I had plenty of reserve and felt great! So, you might try some walking, too.

Hope this helps!

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What do you mean by "in breath"? If by that you mean that you're NOT breathing hard, then you may not be running too hard, but maybe you're simply running to long.

How long have you been running? If you just started, then you're running too much. You need to ease your body into the rigors of running and should look into a Couch to 5K program (also known as C25K).

Another thing to consider is when you're running and when you last ate before your run. Sometimes heavy legs come from not having enough energy to carry you through the run. Eating the wrong things could have the same effect.

I think we need more information before we can help.

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Did you try running with 1 min walk intervals ?
It will make a big difference. Start with run 5 min walk 1min repeat until done

I run 10min & walk 1 min

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I agree with Laurie...sounds like you are running too hard. Slow down and see how it goes.

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It does get easier but I agree with Laurie that you may need to slow down until your body adapts. A lot of us get caught up with what other people are doing and think we need to do the same but we really need to listen to our own bodies.

Are you running the whole way or are you walking some of it?

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YES!! Keep running - it takes time - but gradually you'll notice that it is easier. How long have you been running?

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If all of your runs feel hard then you need to slow down. You do not want to run fullout because that does not allow your body to adapt to the rigors of running. Read your body cues as it will never lead you astray. If you do that, I promise you that running does indeed become easier. It takes time and patience.

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Yes it will get easier hang in there, keep running

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Does running ever get easier? I run 3.1 miles 3x a week and it is so hard. I mean feeling wise. I run the 3.1 miles in breath so its not like that but instead I feel so tired (especially when half way done) like my legs are so heavy and I have to drag them. So more of a mentally exhausting? I dont know. I am just wondering EVENTUALLY does your body get the hang and it seem easier??

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