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I used to love running and now I hate it. What can I do?

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EauRouge Thu 04-Jul-13 13:24:59

I'm back from yet another shitty run where I couldn't run for more than 15 mins without stopping to walk. I finished C25K in April and in May I was running 4.5 miles no problem and was close to doing 5k in under 30 mins. And then in June, I tanked. I don't understand what happened. I'm not injured, I didn't get out as often as I would like but I was still managing twice a week at least. My fitness level just completely disappeared confused and I started hating it because I was really struggling to do what I could do easily before.

I'm meant to be doing a 5 mile race this weekend but I can't even manage 2 miles. Plus it's going to be roasting on Sunday and I hate the heat. Everyone just keeps saying I'll be fine but I really don't want to go.

But most of all I'm pissed off that something I used to look forward to has become something I dread. I used to have all these goals but now I don't see the point.

This has gone beyond missing mojo, I'm just bloody miserable now. Can anyone help?

5madthings Thu 04-Jul-13 13:33:59

Do you think its a case of mind over matter? I have had phases like these and I have to mentally make myself think it will be fine., if I start thinking I am going to have a crap run then it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

What stops you, physical tiredness or short of breath?

Have you tried running new routes?

EauRouge Thu 04-Jul-13 13:45:19

Shortness of breath, even if I go slowly, but yes I think a lot of it is psychological. You're right about the self-fulfilling prophecy. I live in a village and there aren't many routes. There are also a lot of hills which are a huge mental block for me. I know if I keep plugging away, my fitness will get better again but I can't work out what happened and why I'm not seeing any improvement yet.

5madthings Thu 04-Jul-13 13:50:17

Well the warmer weather makes it much harder.

Re shortness of breath I assume you don't have asthma? Do you get hay fever? No cold/cough recently.

Are you warming up a bit before a run? I get short of breath if I don't warm up properly.

Could you be anemic?

EauRouge Thu 04-Jul-13 13:54:42

Not asthmatic, no. I wonder if it is hayfever or the weather. I do get snuffly in the summer but it's pretty mild and most days I don't even bother with antihistamines. I do a few minutes fast walking before I start running. Maybe I should move to Reykjavik grin

I don't think it's anaemia, I feel fine when I'm not running. I have been taking spatone just in case but it's not made any difference.

Thank you for your help, I'm so bloody frustrated. DH thinks I should skip the race on Sunday and do a Parkrun on Saturday instead. I don't think I can face 5 miles in the middle of a steaming hot day.

JetJungle Thu 04-Jul-13 13:58:25

Don't rule out the physical!
I have also really been struggling to run for the last two months ..... shortness of breath, no energy etc.

After trying loads of things and tearing my hair out, I eventually discovered that its caused by my hayfever.

My hayfever has been really bad this year but I have found a way to manage it though through trail and error. I now use a corticosteroid spray every morning now and it helps a lot. I also sometimes use a decongestant spray just before I head out for my run.

Not sure if you have the same thing, but it might be worth considering?

EauRouge Thu 04-Jul-13 13:59:31

I might take some antihistamines and see if that makes any difference. You have given me hope!

louloubelle Thu 04-Jul-13 14:03:10

I go in real fits and starts with running...I much prefer to run in the Autumn term, even in the rain than in summer. I usually switch to aerobics/step/zumba classes when I get bored with jogging, then every now and again go out for a jog. I hate the headache I get running when it is warm, even when I am really hydrated.
I really wouldnt do 5 miles on Sunday unless you are psyched up and physically will boil in the heat!

5madthings Thu 04-Jul-13 14:04:34

Yep could well be hay fever, I have to dose up with antihistermines, take my inhaler and a nasal spray half an hour before I run.

Don't try and do five miles on a hot day! Do park run instead and keep going, try and be positive and you will turn a corner.

I haven't been running as much recently but am walking almost seven miles a day with the school run (toddler in buggy) as our cut through is closed due to building work.

Need to get back into it tho as I have a ten k in October...

holmessweetholmes Thu 04-Jul-13 14:18:17

I've had phases like this too. Maybe you need to mix up your types of run a bit. I used to basically do the same run every time (not the same route, but just a half hour steady run at the same pace). I never got faster and it never felt much easier until someone advised me to do some interval runs, a bit of speed work etc. It made it more interesting, less of a grind, and going faster (even for short bursts) makes your steady pace feel easier iyswim. I'm still not fast grin but I don't feel stuck in a rut.

mercury7 Thu 04-Jul-13 17:51:12

I'm not keen on outdoor running unless the weather is just right, being too hot is horrid and I think really not good for you..makes your heart rate go up way too high.

Could you use a treadmill?

holmessweetholmes Thu 04-Jul-13 21:28:34

Really, Mercury? Give me the lovely fresh air and beautiful outdoors over a sweaty gym any day! And it's not very often hot enough in this country to raise anyone's heart rate is it?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 04-Jul-13 21:31:20

I used to really struggle with hills, they can be a psychological killer!

If you can bear too go out specifically to run up hills. Its character building, and get a you over the fear of hills.

HandMini Thu 04-Jul-13 21:36:18

I think it'll be psychological rather than physical. Have you tried a new playlist / podcast for inspiration?

Beamur Thu 04-Jul-13 21:38:45

Switch to something else for a while? I know a few runners who cycle quite a lot - gentler on the knees.

Blatherskite Thu 04-Jul-13 21:43:18

I'd definitely recommend trying some antihistamines. I'm really enjoying running at the moment but I still struggle when my hayfever is at it's worst. It'll be stopping you breathing properly which might be why you're getting out of breath.

I found that joining a running club helped me too. Going out with other people inspired me to try a lot of new routes and techniques and it also means that I look forward to meeting up with my new friends even when I'm not fancying the run itself. Tonight we messed around doing some short sprints and the chat and the laughs between the runs was definitely keeping me going. It's easy to go further when you're not thinking about it.

EauRouge Sat 06-Jul-13 10:48:29

Thanks everyone. I've got some one-a-day loratidine and I went off to Parkrun this morning. It was 19C at the start, a lot of it is under the trees but I was chatting with a runner friend at the start and he said not to expect any PBs in this weather, and also that he is pulling out of the exact same 5 mile race tomorrow so I feel better about that grin

I think it went better, I felt a lot better anyway. I still had to stop and walk a couple of times but I think I managed it in under 35 mins. Everyone looked knackered by the end.

Thank you all for your help!

Earthworms Sat 06-Jul-13 10:58:24

First, try visiting doctor to rule out a physical prob.

I too hate running in hot weather, I have * no* energy if its warm.

I usually cycle if its hot, nice cool airflow over you, and easier to carry loads of water. Or train late evening?

mercury7 Sat 06-Jul-13 11:35:00

thats the thing about running, it's such a pain to carry things but I like to have a clothes I can shed as I get hotter and water to drink.
Running outdoors in a vest and shorts makes me feel too exposed, but on the treadmill it's fine.
Hence my preference for running in the gym!

thestringcheesemassacre Sat 06-Jul-13 11:43:18

Have you seen this? I watch it every now and then to remotivate myself?

Blatherskite Sat 06-Jul-13 15:24:56

I did Parkrun this morning and it was a slow one for me too. It's too hot for going fast.

Really feeling for everyone doing the half marathon tomorrow.

holmessweetholmes Sat 06-Jul-13 18:36:57

Wow stringcheese - that video clip is amazing!

HandMini Sat 06-Jul-13 22:55:12

Love that String, thank you, I will be going for a run tomorrow!

Fozzleyplum Sat 06-Jul-13 23:22:47

That video was just what I needed. I'm a "start and stop" runner, mainly because I have episodes of asthma which mean I have to stop running for a week or two whilst my lungs get back to normal.

rob99 Sat 06-Jul-13 23:37:08

Cycling......low impact i.e. doesn't damage knees, hips etc, you can travel a hell of a lot further than running in the same time frame, great for fitness, loads of cycle clubs that have intro rides for newbies...........

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