- HEALTH TRACKER
I am somewhat relatively new to the jogging scene, and I seem to be having a “reoccurring” issue.
I run about 3 – 4 times a week (one day on, one day off). I don’t run at an extremely face pace, and I try to average 12.0 pace.
Last year I was able to get up to doing 9 miles. Then I hit “a wall” and couldn’t get past the 9 miles. While I know THIS is somewhat common, what occurred next may not be. From being able to do 9 miles I went down to 7 miles; then 5 miles; then 4 miles, then I got “depressed” and stopped all together.
After about 3 months I got back “on track” (no pun intended). And would progress slowly.
Recently I’ve been doing a “steady” 6 1/2 miles (3 times a week). This week I tried for 7 miles, and I petered out between 3.5 and 4 miles. I figured I was probably running faster (I AM trying to quicken my pace), and since I was off for 4 days I thought that contributed to it too.
Yesterday, after 1 day of rest, I tried for 7 miles again, and again I failed. I did anywhere between 4.5 and 6 miles (2 devices gave 2 separate completely unrelated readings, and using a mapping website it looks as if I did 5 miles).
Now I am getting worried. Can I be falling ‘backwards’ again?
So my questions are
(1) Is this common
(2) If so, how does one break this pattern
(3) If not, any ideas what I am doing “wrong”
(4) Any suggestions that may prevent me from slipping back further?
GREAT question …
NORMALLY I do nothing in regards to eating/drinking before/during jogging. I have found I can just get out of bed and go 6+ miles with no issues. If it’s late in the day, then once I get home I start off. Maybe I’ll have a glass of water before I leave, but nothing more then that.
The day I petered I had some (steel oats) oatmeal, with 1/8 cup of raisins about 90 minutes before I went jogging. Yesterday I had a protein drink (made with skim milk) about an hour before I left. Yesterday was a hot day (around 85) but not humid. Two days prior it was a “beautiful” day – around 70 with no humidity.
As for my diet, it’s normal: I am trying to get in 80 to 100 grams of protein per day (more on the jogging day)
I may have had a few extra potholes along the way, but the journey has been good!