Two weeks ago, I was running 1:15 - 1:30 laps at the UNC-Wilmington track without as much as getting winded. This morning, I ran five laps (one at a time) in about 1:30 - 1:40, but my legs felt weak and I was gasping, almost hurting, for air.
Like yesterday, it's not worrisome, but definitely confusing.
I asked a couple of my fellow trainees about it. They all had some good insight, pointing to a few things that could be causing this:
- Training volume
- Being a wuss
I've thought about my diet, wondering if I should change it. I eat a decent amount of fast food and drink my fair share of soft drinks, but I haven't changed anything about that since I started training and like I said, two weeks ago I felt downright studly.
The general consensus was more that numbers 1 and 3 - training volume and effort - were playing the largest roles in my "blah"-ness. That really is the only way to describe it. Blah. I don't feel tired, but I don't feel as strong. We pointed back to last week, when I did two full sprint brick workouts.
On Monday, I felt great -- but then, if you recall, I did my spin class on a new bike trainer and definitely put the resistance too high. Then I tried to run two miles at the pace of people who can run a mile in six and a half minutes, and ended up gassing out with half a mile to go.
So maybe number four plays a big part in this too. I don't know. Seems to me that if I've been training four months then upping the intensity of some workouts wouldn't be that big of a deal.
Then, four months ago I wouldn't be surviving such intense workouts. And I have been pushing harder.
I'm down to two days. Two more days of training, then an off day on Saturday, then the Wilmington Athletic Club sprint on Sunday.
Looking ahead, I'm thinking about taking it real easy in the pool tomorrow then running, at most, three miles on Friday. At this point, I think my body needs more rest than anything else.
And some bananas. Wait a minute! That's it! I haven't been eating my pre-workout bananas! We ran out on Monday and .... yeah! Of course!
Alright then. That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it.