Running and I have not been getting along lately. None of my runs have gone well for a while. Occasionally I’ll feel good for a small part of the run and I’m still getting the mental boost, but physically they have just felt awful.
Some of my issue is the heat. I don’t like hot weather and I don’t enjoy being sticky and Mother Nature has thrown summer at us early and often this June. I also have a bit of difficulty breathing when it’s super humid. It usually works itself out by mid-summer, so I try not to stress about it at the beginning.
I’ve also been really tired lately. I actually slept 10 hours on Friday night and was still tired all day Saturday. Walking up the stairs wears me out. My legs feel like lead. My body just feels beaten up. I think the problem there may be iron. I am always right on the edge of being anemic, so I had red meat for dinner last night and took my iron pills (I never remember to take them on a regular basis.) I’m going to try to remember my supplements daily for a while and see if there is some improvement. If not, I’ll check with my doctor in a couple of weeks.
So, why did I label this post “putting my shoes on?” Well, despite taking 4 days off a two weeks ago and no major mileage last week, my right calf refuses to get with the barefoot running program. It’s always really tight and is often sore. I don’t think I’m courting injury, but I don’t know. Today we have absolutely gorgeous weather. The kind of weather that begs you to run. My calf said “uh uh, no way” after I walked Jones to school and walked home. I *really* wanted to run.
So I ran in my Mizuno running shoes. And my calf was thrilled. And I really don’t know where I’ll be going from here…
14 thoughts on “Putting my shoes on”
Hope you feel better soon! And today is a beautiful day here!
how about run with your shoes for awhile and then try barefoot again….also if you are not feeling better in a couple of weeks get your feratin level checked. u could be iron deficient…thinking of you!!!
I hope you start to feel better soon! Being drained all the time is no fun at all. The heat was really sapping me too, but it sounds like there must be more to it.
Oh no…hope the calf gets with the program. I'm actually making the transition at this time and your progress was a factor in it 🙂 Good Luck and I know what you mean about summer heat…more so humidity in my case!
I have no experience with barefoot running but maybe you just need to run with shoes every once in a while to give the calf a break?I hope you're feeling better soon and get your energy back!
Hope you are feeling better soon! Keep listening to your body and I'm sure you will be!
just take it day by day and you'll figure out where it goes from here
Could you run in shoes for a bit until your calf is better then see how it responds to a barefoot run?Hope you feel better soon!
I am with you. With my ankle set back while wearing my vff's. I am getting pretty confused on what to do. I love running in my vff's and the way my feet feel so light and free. But I also feel like my feet are hurting my more than they use to. I am not giving up on my vffs. But I did break down and get a pair of Saucony Kivaraz 2. I thought it might help with the tranisting to vffs better. I really like them. THis shoe is one of saucomy miminal shoes. It weight is 6.7, minimal midsole construction. I have to do something I am tired of my feet hurting and I just feel like I have had so many issues with different injuries. Trying to stay positive. Hang in they girl.
Hope you feel better soon! I am a wimp when it comes to heat!
I HATE heat. I have been getting up ridiculously early to run (also because life is so busy.)
Take it one day at a time. I'm sure it'll work itself out. Hope you get your energy back soon!
It's discouraging to feel so sluggish and run down, isn't it? I'm in Atlanta and feeling many of the same things, including the shortness of breath. Our air quality is pretty terrible, especially since there's been no rain in three weeks. I just keep plugging away and wait for a better day. Hope you bounce back soon….
You'll get you're groove back! Continue to do what you do, eat healthy and stay hydrated!