Have you had your iron level checked?
Sounds like you might be a bit anaemic.
just chill out Malley, but take rest seriously.
9h kip a night for the most part, good sleep as well so limit screen time beforehand, as much before 12 as possible. Take RHR on waking and if it's too high just easy run or rest entirely.
A lot of people jump straight on the 'I'm anaemic' conclusion when it's more likely a bit of over-training/over-reaching. I had classic overtraining symptoms in the weeks before Edale (found myself staring at the 'overtraining' page of Noakes' Lore of Running 3 days before going 'yep I could have 90% of those') but made sure my sleep and food was as good as possible and bounced back OK.
Noakes's signs of overtraining include:
- dwindling enthusiasm for working out;
- increases in resting heart rate and resting blood pressure;
- muscle or joint soreness that won't go away;
- changes in the menstrual pattern - OK for you this won't happen
- increased incidence of colds and infection;
- a decrease in appetite and weight;
- disturbed sleep;
- increased irritability, anxiety or depression.
Also include headrushes on standing, out-of-breath when ascending flights of stairs and loss of Libido - speaking to Bayton the other day and he said he knows he's on the edge if he doesn't fancy a wank!
Started taking Iron tablets recently in case its this and going to start eating meat again so you may be right. Definitely going to try get to the Dr's next week to check.
RE Bayton - charming.
Whilst I did think it was over-training initially, I'm doubting it a bit as my 'symptoms' seem different to previous times I feel like I was over-trained. I don't feel exhausted all the time and I still have motivation to run. The main thing is weakness whenever any slight increase in effort is required. I'm thinking its maybe some sort of virus.
Cheers for the thoughts though given me some good pondering time.
Go steady on the tablets... Google - hemochromatosis... Vitamin C with meals if you don't each much meat helps.
Being a heavy tea drinker can have a negative impact - Zanthe found this as she basically swims in the stuff. There's something in Tea that can chelate iron molecules, exacerbating any already low iron levels.
And caffeine decreases uptake of pretty much everything useful. Good to avoid tea and coffee close to main meals. It's a minefield!