I would be hysterical about the state of my health and well-being if I had the energy. Instead I will just have to make do with being meekly upset.
Since that terrible run a few weeks ago where Gingerbread Man and I were taking the measure of each other, things have not gotten much better. I have been running but not runs of any great quality. Tuesday I was only able to do a 6km run before I gave up – this is unheard of. I mean, I eat 6km runs for breakfast for heaven’s sake! Yesterday (Thursday) the plan was to do my 22km run and disappointingly I cut this down to 20km and of this the last 10km were pure agony.
So what is going on? My stomach is terrible; I have to go to the toilet many, many times a day and feel nauseous most of the time. It’s worst in the evening and when I wake up. I am tired, probably because I am not sleeping well; it is hard to fall asleep and to stay asleep. When I am running my legs get fatigued in a way that I have never, ever experienced before. These are legs that feel like I had been doing hill runs for 2 hours. I feel dizzy and weak.
In fact, if I still had the equipment, I would think I was pregnant.
Having done some research it could be overtraining syndrome or neuroendocrine fatigue. And this is what my husband keeps going on about. (I just think he is jealous of my superhuman ability to get out of bed early on a Saturday morning to go running) I am not too sure though in what universe running 3 times a week would count as overtraining!
So what’s the plan? Well, I am going to try and shorten my runs for a week or two and make them easier. Try to eat the right things afterwards to aid the recovery. Or see a doctor in case this is indeed some ongoing stomach bug.
In the meanwhile I will leave you to check out this link and see how many of these you “tick”.