Again....apologies for leaving the blogsphere for so long. I started training for the Virgin London Marathon (second time lucky) 8 weeks ago now and it's all been pretty smooth going, so perhaps I didn't feel the need to blog to ask for advice etc.. Nevertheless, I've hit a brick wall again.
I went back to university at the beginning of January but have managed to keep up with training relatively well. Though I'm constantly under a mountain of work, I found it quite easy to carry on going out running 5 times a week. However, after week 7 (an easier week to help your body recover), I seem to have been struck down by illness/exhaustion/too much work/total lethargy. It almost feels like because I hadn't been training as hard last week all of a sudden the late nights, early mornings, long runs and hard work has sunk in and I have never felt so tired in my life. Even when I'm sleeping an average of eight hours a night, I am still totally exhausted.
I was just wondering if anyone has had a lag like this. My parents are also training for the marathon but they seem to be okay - they wonder if it's just to do with the uni environment I'm in and not having as good standard food as them back home (I am a veggie too). Or is this a brick wall that everyone hits at some point? All I want to do is go training but my body struggles to leave my room for lectures never mind a ten mile run.
After all the positivity over the last two months with less knee pain than usual, better breathing and stronger legs, and feeling like I'm beating Dystonia a bit, I'm back to square one. Any advice?
P.S. I'm going to try and keep back up with this blog and reading others from now on - I feel it helps to know what other people are experiencing in training and it refreshes me when I know I'm not alone.
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