Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dead Legs

Argh. Dead legs again. I've been kinda dragging lately, but last Saturday was a 12 miler with the club and my legs were crap from the get go. That was a long, miserable 12 miles. So I went for my Monday run and again, no energy. Lethargic. I was pissed too. I probably looked like a crazy man on the path because I kept bitching out loud about my legs and I think I even threw my arms up in the air at one point because I was so frustrated. I hate this. I read online that there can be several reasons for dead legs: not enough sleep (very likely), not enough fruits and vegetables (very likely), not enough iron (possible if it's true that fruits and vegetables are necessary to aid in absorption of iron from other foods), more massages (possible, but definitely desirable), need new mattress (not likely), overtraining (possible, but not likely).

Anyway, I'm working on the fruit and vegetable thing and you all know how getting enough sleep can be hit or miss sometimes. I also supplement with a multivitamin so we'll see what happens in the future. The miles are adding up as we get closer to the marathon so I'm worried about this a little. Any advice out there?


  1. Mike, try starting out very slowly. I don't know how you run, but I've noticed I have better running days when I warm up with 2-3 slow miles. Try this:
    Run 1 mile very slow, then stop/drink/ brief rest
    Run second mile slow, then stop/drink/brief rest
    Start out on your usual run

  2. I do tend to start off too fast (even when I'm trying to be slow) and then bonk at the end. Your method sounds like a good idea. I'll give it a try today. Thanks Rodney!