Training in the summer heat is totally new to me. I have usually ran early spring races which naturally force me to train through the winter. However I have chosen a mid autumn race so I am experiencing totally new struggles when it involves the weather conditions. Running in the early morning has been the most efficient option for me yet it is still very humid and warm in the morning.
The problem I am facing more and more is just being dawg tired.....I believe I am eating the right stuff, and staying well hydrated. I drink more than enough water throughout the day, still I am so exhausted and worn down lately. My body is even hurting more than normal. Have you experienced the same thing? My solution........REST!!! I think I am starting to understand why some of the great runners like Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezghi, and Josh Cox usually only run 2 major races a year.
Are you sleeping 7-8hrs a night? I am definitely not sleeping that much, which is probably adding fuel to my exhaustion fire. So what is important when taking rest? Like I mentioned earlier you need to make sure and get some good sleep. Keep hydrating like usual, eat right proportions, do some stretching routines (approximately 20 minutes a day) and allow your body to regroup. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our daily routines but also try to get some intense training in that it actually starts to work in a negative way. So my advice today is if you are feeling a bit sluggish but are still training fairly hard, maybe you need to take some good R&R......Enjoy this Friday evening!!!
Have a good weekend, see you Monday!!