farrellcat

Will I eventually be able to run fast again

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Just wondering if anyone out there has had this experience?  I am an avid runner running 5 days/week 4-10 miles/day. I do a combo of speed work, recovery runs and long runs.  I lift heavy 5 days/week.  I may throw an occasional bike, swim or evening walk as well.  I saw no difference in my running until yesterday (day 4).  I was doing intervals and my legs would start burning with fatigue shortly into the accelerations.  I was not able to finish the intervals and almost needed to walk the cool down.  I went out for a recovery run today and had the same burning, dead wobbly feeling and needed to run/walk.  I felt like I was at mile 24 of a marathon the whole entire 5 mile.  An absolute shambles!! No energy left to lift today.  

My Question:  Will this improve?  I have read that it is normal to feel fatigued when exercising while your body gets used to using fat as fuel.  How long does this last?? I'm not training for anything right now so it's not that big of a deal but I don't want to lose fitness either.  HELP! ( I reviewed the meal template and my meals/pre work out/post work out are on target) 

 

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10 minutes ago, farrellcat said:

Just wondering if anyone out there has had this experience?  I am an avid runner running 5 days/week 4-10 miles/day. I do a combo of speed work, recovery runs and long runs.  I lift heavy 5 days/week.  I may throw an occasional bike, swim or evening walk as well.  I saw no difference in my running until yesterday (day 4).  I was doing intervals and my legs would start burning with fatigue shortly into the accelerations.  I was not able to finish the intervals and almost needed to walk the cool down.  I went out for a recovery run today and had the same burning, dead wobbly feeling and needed to run/walk.  I felt like I was at mile 24 of a marathon the whole entire 5 mile.  An absolute shambles!! No energy left to lift today.  

My Question:  Will this improve?  I have read that it is normal to feel fatigued when exercising while your body gets used to using fat as fuel.  How long does this last?? I'm not training for anything right now so it's not that big of a deal but I don't want to lose fitness either.  HELP! ( I reviewed the meal template and my meals/pre work out/post work out are on target) 

 

As you've said, it happens... It can last about a week or so that your workouts suffer while you switch over to fat adaptation... just be kind to yourself, lots of rest, don't try and kill a workout and it'll get better... you're not losing fitness, it doesn't really work like that... your current fitness level that you've developed is still there :)

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Yes, it will get better.  Like you said, it's your body adjusting to burning fat instead of immediately available carbs.  I was also slow and sluggish the first couple of weeks, but by the end, my workouts were better than they were before Whole30.

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laurelerin22, thanks for posting.  I'm trying to be patient and let my body adjust.  It's good to hear that I'm not alone in this experience.  I just had no idea how profoundly bad I would feel while running. I am at day 8 and still running a full minute/mile slower than my usual easy pace and I need to take frequent short walk breaks and my legs burn/ache the whole time.  This is very atypical for me. I'm able to lift without fatigue and feel great otherwise.   Biking tomorrow so it will be interesting to see how that goes.

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Just an update for anyone who comes across this post in the future.  I am now at day 18 an I can run like the wind.  I must say that I almost gave up on whole30 because of the PROFOUND affected my fitness routine and my ability to run.  Those first 2 weeks were insanely difficult when it came to workouts...never thought it would be that bad.  I stuck it out and sucked it up  and am so glad that I did.  I now have more energy and feel wonderful when I run.  Hey...and no more "chub-rub" which means I must have lost some weight as well.  So to anyone who has doubts like I did....stick with it.  It will get better.  Some advice:  Do NOT start whole30 while training for an event. Do it in the off season or after your A-race while in recovery.  I also added lots of potatoes (regular and sweet), squash and a tad more fruit to my meals.  Happy Happy Happy!

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Thanks so much for the update farrellcat! I am experiencing the same thing in my runs. I'm on day 11 and all week it's felt like I've had lead weights attached to my feet. I'm glad I read this post and like you said, not alone in this. I'll just go easier for another week or so and hopefully have the same experience you did by day 18!

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My running mirrors farrellcat's. Days 1-17, my average pace was a minute or so slower than normal and I felt like I was running uphill even when on flat land. I don't know what happened on Day 18 but it was like magic and I was back to normal. Now I'm on Day 29 and have shaved another minute off my average pace so I'm faster than when I even started my Whole30.

 

 

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Cmaroney25,

Hope you are starting to feel better. I'm day 24 not and I am starting to run faster than I was before I started whole30.  I've also been able to make gains in the weight room this past week which hasn't happened in a long time.  Hang in there!

 

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I am so glad to see these posts!  I did my first Whole 30 in 2015, and I couldn't find anything about this.  I convinced my husband to eat Whole 30 with me, and he bailed because his legs were so weak.  It's reassuring to see that this is something other people experience.  It is also great advice to not be training for anything.  I'm on day 2 this go around, and am hoping I can be patient with the heavy legs in the beginning...

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Now on day 29 and have been feeling great on my runs.  The recommendation of a hardboiled egg and a handful of nuts pre-run or workout has been amazing.  I'm not usually hungry at all at 6:00 am, but it's totally worth it for how I am now feeling when I run.  I'm also not too far from 50 so need all the help I can get;)

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