Have You Started Jogging? 3 Reasons Why You Might Feel Tired.
I run. OK, I am like a turtle through peanut butter, but my exercise of choice is long distance running (10-15kms).I have been running all my life, short distance when I was young, but in the last 4-5 years I’ve started long distance running, in an effort to improve my health and boost my energy levels. I love the solitude and freedom of just running; often running early in the morning when it is still dark and most people are hitting the snooze button. I do not run to win events or be the best, I run as I can do it when I want, it fits into my crazy schedule, I can do it at my own pace, it makes me feel good, helps to manage my weight and best of all – I see the most amazing sun rises.
Whether you run for fun, like me, or you want that winning edge, most of us love the energy boost we feel at the end of our time pounding the pavement. But, have you been noticing that after the energy boost, comes an energy slump, headaches and it takes days to recover?
One of the main reasons new clients seek me out is that even though they’re eating healthily and running regularly, they’re exhausted….and don’t know why.
If this sounds like you, seeing a dietitian who is trained in sports nutrition is wise. A joint position paper by the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine concluded that ‘physical activity, athletic performance, and recovery from exercise are enhanced by optimal nutrition.’ (1) Essentially, this means that if you’re undertaking significant amounts of physical activity and not getting your nutrition right, you’ll suffer. Whether you’re running distances of 10km, 15km, half marathon or marathon, you’re nutrition NEEDS to be fine-tuned and individually tailored, otherwise, you may end up just putting along like an old car that has gone too long without a service.
If you’re a distance runner and feeling exhausted, start by considering these three key aspects: