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Leg Strength - Are Tired Legs Normal?

by Michael

I have been running for the past two months. I started at 1.5 miles and have increased up to 3 miles 4-5 times a week. Just recently my legs have become tired almost instantly in my run.

I can run through it fine, but my legs are a little sore in the morning.

Is this normal? If not, is there anything I can do to fix this?

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Answer by Dominique:

Hi Michael,
Thanks for your question about your running and your leg strength.

I don't think there is too much to be worried about.

A little muscle pain the morning after workouts is pretty normal.

It even has a name, i.e. DOMS = Delayed On-set Muscle Soreness.

It can last 24-48 hours. Muscle soreness is your muscles adjusting, recovering and growing after a workout.

Because you go running quite frequently you probably still feel some soreness from the previous workout when you start your runs.

As your legs warm up the soreness goes and your run is fine.

As long as this is just a little bit soreness and little tenderness, all is fine.

Kind regards,

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Aug 24, 2011
Be careful
by: Chantal

I was also suffering with tired legs and couldn't understand why I wasn't feeling any fitter as my distances increased. Then gradually my achilles started aching and the top of my feet. Shortly after my pelvis and hips. It turns out that something has been niggling away and instead of all my muscles and joints working well they've been jarring and subsequently I pulled all my muscles in my lower back and have been in agony for two weeks. I also have collapsed arches and although was wearing trainers for over pronation they were not giving sufficient support. The message - just be careful! Get checked out with a chiropractor, mine has been a godsend! Good luck

Aug 24, 2011
Try something new?
by: Taz

Hi Michael.
I'm no expert or anything, but I have done some research on running sites, found as many as I could, about advice on training & faster recovery.

Eat some carbs 1-2hrs before your run.

Do you stretch or warm up before your run? Do you use deep heat on you muscles before you run? Sometimes I do, depending on both the distance & the weather, more so if it's cold than warm weather, or a medium - longer distance (10km+)

Eating carbs like 30min or less after a run, especially a long or tough run - as this aids in faster muscle recovery by giving nutrients by replacing what has been lost. The sooner after the better. I've noticed this works for me, when I'm done in but not totally sick afterwards.

Having as coffee 1-2hrs before a run is also good (for me it depends on distance, a short distance I might only have 1/2 a cup or less, over 10km, I may have a full cup, & I have instant, usually not to strong, but each to their own), it stops something or other from depleting so quickly, so you can run longer with less tired legs.

Not to brand drop or anything either, but I've also used the Body Shop Leg Reviving Gel, when my legs have been aching like crazy & found it hard to walk, after a longer jog than I was ready for. & and any jogs that give me to much pain or stiffness. It helped ease the pain and stiffness, so I can walk more comfortably & get my legs back a few days sooner than I thought. Sometimes I use it both before & after the run on both my feet & legs - as peppermint is very refreshing & reviving.

Do you do all the runs at a hard & fast pace? & the same route every time? If so, why not change that a little by alternating your runs as such - 1st run - easy run, 2nd run - fast run, 3rd run - easy run & 4th run - fast run. & mix up the the locations / directions of the runs a little, maybe even the distances, so you legs can try something new, and not be the same sort of repetitive all the time. So you don't get rsi or something like that.

Have you thought of some cross training

If your are seriously concerned, do see a doctor, as you just never know, & it's better to be safe than sorry. Hopefully the dr will say u r just over-doing it a little or need to change the routine a bit & x-rays will agree.

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