Running when Sixteen Stone
I am a 6'3 and 16 stone ex rugby player. I took up running after dislocating my neck when I was 34. I was running well until the past few weeks when all the runs seemed to become a struggle.
I was running 35 miles a week for about 3 months. My training intensity has changed a bit in that more hills and trail running have come into it but the legs just feel heavy on every run.
Any advice would be appreciated. I am trying to train for an endurance event over 3 days that will involve lots of running lifting my own body weight and pack work.Answer by Dominique:
Thanks for your question. Although you have titled the question: "Running when Sixteen Stone", I am not sure if your weight has got a lot to do with your current struggles
If your weight had been holding you back I would have expected more difficulties during your build-up towards 35 miles per week.
It is not rare
for runners to have setbacks during training or periods where you seem to struggle a bit.
Especially when you change the intensity
as you have done, you can expect your body to protest a little bit.
I recently had a period like that as well. Just about 2-3 weeks or so where I did not seem to get a decent run out.
Seemed like I was running backwards at times, that's how slow I was going!
What I did was to keep on observing the hard/easy principle
, i.e. follow a day of hard running with a day of easy running / rest.
And when I change intensity or go into hill work etc, I always try to "ease into it"
. Start off with a short hill run, or intervals of only 1 minute length or so. Just build it up nicely and slowly.
For now, do not hesitate to reduce the intensity a little
(i.e. less hill work, less mileage) on some of your runs and try to make sure that you still do your easy runs as well, i.e. those 30-45 min easy runs without hills/speed or anything. Take one step back to take two steps forward!
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Also, if there is any muscle soreness/stiffness it may be good to get a sports massage
. When you increase intensity the risk of running injuries increases, so you will want to make sure you get some extra pampering as well.
Hope this helps.
Best of luck.