Running Fatigue And Lack Of Energy To Train - RunBuzz -Experienced Online Running Coaches For All Skill Levels

Running Fatigue And Lack Of Energy To Train

 Running-Fatigue-And-Lack-Of-Energy-To-Train

One of the most common excuses runners make is “I did not have time to run today.”

While certainly true on some occasions, I believe this statement to be a myth, a symptom if you will, for something more likely to be an exercise wrecker: fatigue.

I work with a lot of runners.  As a result of what I have seen and experienced myself, I strongly believe that fatigue is the number one cause for failing to stick with a running program.  In fact, I would say fatigue contributes to more people falling off the exercise bandwagon than any other reason.

Here’s why:

  1. 1
    Most of us do not get enough sleep.
  2. 2
    Most of us have families, careers, errands, and a whole host of things competing for our time.
  3. 3
    We let our “hurried” lifestyle trump our health.
  4. 4
    We become tired and worn out as a result of the above, which leads to the overwhelming feeling of not wanting to exercise.  Instead, we plop ourselves down in front of the TV, the Internet, or relax by reading a book.  In other words, we do not feel like exercising when we are tired.

To add insult to injury, we often eat poorly. At work, we’re in a hurry to get back to a meeting or meet a deadline, so we skip the healthy lunch for some fast food. At night, we may not feel like preparing a meal and resort to eating highly processed food.

Over time, the combination of poor nutritional choices and poor lifestyle habits begin to take a toll on us. Add in stress and, when it comes down to it,  we often “don’t feel like running.” Skip a run here and there? No problem. But more often than not, we fall into the mindset that it’s OK, making it easier to skip future work outs each time.

So how do we overcome running fatigue and get our running back on track?

Well,  in most cases, if we’re honest with ourselves, we know when we’re not making healthy choices. The problem is that we lack the energy to fight these bad habits.  We may not even be aware of this fatigue because, in reality, it’s just part of our modern lifestyle.  But to be successful and fight this lack of energy, we have to take away negative actions and replace them with positive ones.

5 Tips to Fight Running Fatigue and Get Back on a Regular Running Schedule

 Get-more-sleep

1.  Get more sleep

Do you ever wonder why, in an age where we’re supposed to be more efficient, we feel like we’re always behind schedule? The reality is, we bite off too much. In fact, when we fail to get enough sleep, we go into a constant cycle of sleep fatigue until we either catch up or get sick due to a weakened immune system.

 Run-early

2.  Run early

I know, I know. Some of you aren’t morning people. But did you know that there’s no biological or physiological reason that makes one person a morning vs. evening person? It’s a culmination of your sleeping and waking patterns over time. Get your run in when you have the most energy and are mentally refreshed.

 Make-your-health-your-first-priority

3.  Make your health your first priority

Not only will you be more productive, you’ll also have more strength and energy if you’re active and healthy.

Take-baby-steps-towards-a-better-diet

4.  Take baby steps towards a better diet

The best way to eat better is to take small, baby steps towards a lifestyle change. Focus on one bad thing you eat for a month and work on replacing that one thing with something healthy.

 Drink-enough-water

5.  Drink enough water.

Put aside the diet drinks and anything containing corn syrup, and replace it with water. Did you know that the average person is 1-2% dehydrated at any given time? That just a 2% rate of dehydration can impact your running performance by up to 10%? Even if you don’t run, you’ll certainly feel more fatigued and tired than normal if you’re dehydrated.

Additional Running Resources

Runner's Toolkit - Get access to 30 days of free coaching tips by email and get your #1 running question personally answered by me, just for signing up. Plus get free access to our private Facebook community where other RunBuzz community members gather for support, camaraderie and general shenanigans.

PaceBuilders™ Online Run Coaching - PaceBuilders is a comprehensive online run coaching program for runners of any experience level. With two unique, affordable coaching options to choose from, you can learn to run faster, run farther and run injury free. Inside PaceBuilders, you can work directly with experienced, RRCA/USATF certified running coaches or you can choose to follow our self-coached program and take advantage of unlimited access to all of our training assets including training plans, runner-specific strength training plans, nutrition information, mindset, race strategy, pacing guidance, LIVE monthly Q&A sessions, private client community and more!   

Find out how you can support RunBuzz's mission to bring quality running content (educational, inspirational, etc) to the running community. Did you know it takes approximately 8-10 hours of work to research, record, edit and release each podcast episode? Help support us in our mission to make every runner regardless of age, size and ability a better runner. Your support helps keep future RunBuzz podcast episodes ad-free and new episodes coming.

What is your experience with fatigue? Any strategies I missed that you find particularly helpful?

Visit our Facebook page to share and find helpful running tips and motivation to keep your head in the game.

Happy running!

The following two tabs change content below.
Steve is the founder and head running coach of RunBuzz.com. Steve is host of the RunBuzz podcast and founder of PaceBuilders, a complete online training program for runners. Steve is a RRCA / USA Track and Field Certified Running Coach and resides in Lewis Center, Ohio.