Running after a long sleep and no food
Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:53 AM
STRUGGLED. Big time. Had to really talk myself into not quitting as I plodded along. Didnt feel like I had any stamina, motivation or rhythm. It wasn't until about 45mins into it and after one particulary steep hill that I finally started to get into it. Finished much slower than I would have liked.
I know everyone has 'off' runs occasionally. Do you think todays lackluster run could be due to not having anything to eat after my sleep? I also had a few peices of fruit overnight but nothing else. Not sure whether to try and eat something small an hour or so beforehand first next time.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:09 AM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:23 PM
I'm an early morning runner like clanrunner. A good dinner the night before and I don't need anything before I run (unless I'm doing 20km or more and I'll get a muesli bar into me an hour before the run).
As you rightly point out, maybe it was just a bad run! They can happen for no reason whatsoever. The fact that you started to feel better through your run does seem to indicate that it was just a bad run, rather than a nutritional intake thing.
Being able to eat before a run is a valuable skill though! Perhaps give it a whirl if ever you wake up feeling a little flat and see if it helps you.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:59 PM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:56 PM
The small things add up. Respect though for pursuing running with shift work, I tried it for a few months and could not handle it at all.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:04 PM
Respect though for pursuing running with shift work, I tried it for a few months and could not handle it at all.
yep agreed. . tried similar last year and failed dismally . . much respect for those that can do it. Keep up the good effort Monocot.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:14 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:07 PM
I too am a shift worker, and dread the week (7 days) of night shift for the impact it has on my running. I find that i function better on eating some porridge and a cup of tea a few hours before i knock off. When I get home i go straight back out the door for my run. My run is very dependent upon how i feel, rather than what is scheduled, Ive learnt to listen to my body a bit better these days. The benefit of that is that when I'm finished and finally get to bed i get a good sleep somewhere around 9-10hours (& recovery after a run). I try to back it up in the evening with a short or longer run, again dependent on how i felt and the amount of sleep I've had.
Like you there are days when nothing i do will make the run any better. I just take it in my stride knowing that another good run is around the corner.
Good luck mate.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:36 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:11 PM
also consider your hydration, you've been on your feet all night then off to sleep, you may not have nearly enough water (one glass with coffee means you probably passed it ll before you ran anyway?).
Posted 01 May 2012 - 06:35 AM