Why Running Sucks Right Now

This is not a complaining post. This is a “figuring out what I’m doing wrong and fixing it” post. Because remember … I’m trying not to complain.

This is the longest I’ve ever trained for a race. 

Most half marathon training plans are 12 weeks long. I am currently on week 14 of my marathon training. Things started getting really sucky for me around week 13. Normally by week 13, I’ve run my race and am basking in all it’s glory. Even though I am still racing during this training plan (I’ll be at the Chicago Half on Sunday), I’m not racing these races anymore. Ultra Vera said I shouldn’t, and she knows what she’s talking about. But I don’t think I have the energy to race these if I wanted to.

So I’m getting impatient, my body isn’t used to working this hard for this long (at least, not without a payoff like a great race day), and the races I am doing aren’t really “races” for me … just another long run.

Applefest Half Marathon
Weeee!! Applefest Half with Vera last fall. Those arms in the air are mine. Racing will be fun again soon.


I’m not eating enough. 

This is probably the main reasons I’m struggling. I suspected about a week or so ago that I wasn’t fueling properly, and I meant to start tracking my food in MyFitnessPal, and forgot. I’ve never run this level of mileage before, so I’m not used to fueling it. And now, for some reason, I think my tongue is swollen (no idea why) and I have a canker sore or two. So eating is kind of painful. I’ve been eating “soft” food (soup, cream of wheat, yogurt), but guess what … I haven’t been eating enough for the amount I’ve been running, at least, not in the past two days that I tracked my food, and probably not before that. No wonder I’ve been dragging. I need 2,100-2,500 calories/day to support my weekday runs. (And 3,000 calories or more on long run days.)

Surprise! Not enough fuel = running out of gas. Maybe I should drink more beer.

Or maybe I need more burrito bowls!


I’m tired of this weather. 

This may or may not be a legitimate reason why running sucks for me right now, but it sounds good. I know it’s summer, but I feel like it’s been pretty consistently hot since March June. It’s September now. I think we’ve had our fill of summer. Some cooler days would be much appreciated.

Midwinter Cruise 5K
Soon we will be dealing with a different headache … winter running.
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12 Comments on “Why Running Sucks Right Now”

  1. Mmmmmmmmmmm Chipotle Burrito Bowl. That sure is a great way to pack on some calories! My favorite Friday lunch before a long run was macaroni and cheese from the food truck. Not healthy yet also delicious. Haha

    I love that race photo! I’m looking forward to winter running and our F^3 Half Marathon! It will be here soon enough!! B)

    1. Hey! A burrito bowl is totally healthy! Or at least, as healthy as anything else I eat. Sure, it’s a lot of food for lunch … but right now I need a lot of food. And I skip the sour cream and dressing and usually go for chicken, veggies, brown rice, black beans, salsa, lettuce, cheese.

      1. Oh, yum! Chipotle chicken tacos are one of my favorite fueling (well, anytime) meals. I wish they would sponsor a race or a running club so we could score some free food! And technically lunch is supposed to be your biggest meal of the day — or so they say in France where they get 2 hour lunch breaks. Good luck at the half this weekend! Looks like the weather is going to be nice and cool for you.

  2. I LOVE winter running! Cannot wait!

    And I love when I am done training for long distance races because I eat so much less. I eat so much when I am running long to make sure I don’t get hungry during runs (was a problem last year) and I am sick of it!

    1. I never ever thought I would complain about having to eat so much. But eating is less fun when you are eating for quantity and not quality. And when you don’t have a lot of money to spend on really good food.

  3. I used to get canker sores all the time. My tongue never felt swollen but my lips did and I had a rash around my mouth. (if lips are swollen and no rash that is a good thing.. swollen lips and rash=GROSSNESS!!!) I found out I have food allergies/food sensitivities. A HUGE issue for me is yeast extract. (they put yeast extract in soups. sauces. junk food. it is a preservative) I think a trip to an allergy doctor is in order. BTW if you are eating foods that you are allergic to it will deplete your energy as your body is always fighting off the allergens

    1. I’ve been trying to figure out if I’ve eaten anything new this week. I’ve had canker sores off and on (I wonder if they are caused by stress), but I never remember my tongue randomly swelling up. The only new thing I remember consuming is some Lambrusco. Who knows. Would be a massive shame if I’m in some way allergic to wine. (And it would be amazing since I’ve been drinking it for years … but maybe this particular kind has something different about it.)

      OR maybe with all these damn bugs that are out right now, one of them flew in my mouth during a run and bit my tongue …

  4. Hang in there lady, you’re almost at your goal. I’ve done the 18+ week marathon training plans now and have found they don’t work for me. My current one is 14 weeks, the next one might be closer to 10. 18 weeks is a looooong time to be focusing on any one thing.

    And yummmmm to the burrito bowl. I think you just inspired my lunch for tomorrow.

    Enjoy the race this weekend. I ran it last year before Chicago and thought it was a nice way to get a tempo type run in before the big day.

    Just remember, only 2 weeks until taper! 🙂

    1. Maybe a shorter training plan would be better. If I keep a consistent base of running 8-10 miles every weekend for my long run (which is what I did all last winter, even thought I didn’t have any long races until April), I don’t need to do such a long dedicated marathon training plan.

  5. I’ve had a horrid time getting motivated to train for the marathon this year. Last year, it was like I was on a cloud of fluffiness LOL This year between the heat and my hot flashes – not so much. That’s why I joined a charity for the race. I thought other people’s money would motivate me more as it did for my Avon Walk. Not so much. It doesn’t help that I’m missing out on all kinds of fun runs like the zombie run on marathon weekend.

    1. Good point on the other races. I think that is another thing that is making this less fun – all the races that I CAN’T do, either because they are too close to the marathon, or because of my training, I wouldn’t do as well at the other race, so what’s the point? But it is kind of a bummer to have to keep passing over races that otherwise look fun. And I didn’t plan it very well, but in the weeks after the marathon, I’m doing a half marathon and a 10-miler. Hopefully they will seem easy in comparison to the marathon, but I can’t wait to do just a 5K. (And do it well.)

  6. I have a 12 week training max for this exact reason. Week 13 is usually when my bid hits the wall and things start to fall apart. 16 weeks doesn’t seem like a long time when you’re in week 1, but that’s a really Lon time to be encased in focused training and not just for the physical reasons. Mentally i start to lose focus too and just want my life back. I dot know how pros do it.

    Hang in there because the end is near! Treat yourself to a giant cupcake and maybe some greasy Mexican food post race and you’ll make up that calorie deficit real quick!

    Good luck tomorrow! Hopefully I’ll see you there! I’ll be hanging around the VIP tent post race for a bit if you’ll be there.

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