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8/20/12 1:18 P

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Sometimes you just have to listen to your body. I've gone out for runs that I expect to get through like my usual training runs and get a half mile into it and my legs just feel like lead, just not feeling the same and the run isn't happening for me. This has happened a couple of times, once I ran/walked my route and once I just wound up walking the whole thing. Couple days later, I was back into it. I'm not sure what caused it, but I would listen to your body, not your mind though - your mind will talk you out of everything!

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8/20/12 10:48 A

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Boo for feeling crappy, but yay for solidarity! I had heard sleep can affect your body for exercise, so that might end up being your solution. I've had 7-8 hours every night, though, but I haven't necessarily felt very refreshed so I might be sleep issues that I'll need taken care of. Considering that I've added a lot more running mileage last week, a lot of factors that were non-issues before might be catching up with me.

I ran again yesterday after two days off from activity, and since my legs were tired but didn't really hurt, I (possibly foolishly?) decided to push myself harder. I ended up at 11:20/mile, which I started paying for 20 minutes into it, because my lungs weren't ready for it (I hate that going any slower feels like slow motion, I have to learn I'm not racing against anyone!). But, in terms of my legs at the end of it, they were tired again for pretty much the whole day. I've noticed it's specifically my quads that are feeling the tiredness (no pain, though). Any other suggestions on how I should move forward/get to feeling better?

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8/16/12 5:13 A

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Well I don't know what caused it or how to help, but I can tell you you're not alone.
I've been going along fine (when my lungs got used to it) but yesterday was SUCH hard work because my legs felt so heavy. I put it down to tiredness as I haven't slept well all this week although I guess it could be any number of things.



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8/15/12 1:01 P

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Hey guys, I'm new here, and I'm happy to have found a place with a lot of people going through the same program.

Starting the program, I realized how terrible my cardiovascular health was. I have dropped a lot of weight since last December, and I've been exercising to Jillian Michaels videos and walking a lot, but running came as a huge shock to me (and my lungs!). Thankfully, over the last 6 weeks, I've progressed significantly, from wanting to die from a 1 minute run to being able to run a full 25 minutes (W6D3), and feeling I could run even longer than the allotted time.

During W6D3 I was able to maintain a 12:15 min/mile average (a bit less than 5mph) throughout the 25 minutes, and I felt like I could have ran faster, but I was pacing myself. However, two days after, I do W7D1, and I am practically shuffling my feet into a really slow jog, averaging 16:00min/mile and going 22:00min/mile at some points (!). It felt like my legs were made of lead, and I couldn't spring up after each step in order to run the way I normally have. I really didn't understand after having such a good run on Sunday.

Has this happened to anybody? I've read a lot of threads, but I haven't seen something quite like this mentioned by anyone. I didn't have too big of a problem with my lungs, so that was good. Could it be muscle fatigue? Nothing was particularly sore, but it was like I was dragging myself. I'll say that I've been running 4x weekly instead of the recommended 3, and doing JM 30 Day Shred and walking on the in between days (with one day of rest in the week), and that really hasn't been a problem up until now. Would doing a little less during the week possibly help this, like running 3x a week for a while?

Thanks for all your advice so far, it's been incredibly helpful!

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