I'm a fairly casual runner. I'm 43, 183cm and 94kg. I've had hypertension (high blood pressure) for 15 years so the lifestyle and diet has improved a lot over the years as has the level of exercise all with the aim of keeping weight off and staying fit so as to keep the blood pressure medication to a minimum.
My target for 2012 is to run 1,000 km being a 50:50 combination of early morning sessions on the treadmill in the gym and outdoor runs. I do 2 x 6km in the gym Mon and Wed mornings and try to do 2 x 6.5km's outdoors Thursday evening and Sat/Sun afternoons. I also do 3 general weights sessions each week on the mornings I don't run.
I did the Marlay park 8km in less than 52 minutes last week and actually felt fairly good afterwards. It was tough but I wasn't totally fu**ed at the end which was a nice surprise.
In the two weeks before Marlay park I had started feeling heavy legs on some runs and felt like I just couldn't get one foot in front of another. Following some advice I rested up and Marlay park went fine.
I figured I needed to rest up after Marlay park so did nothing until yesterday morning when I did 5km on the treadmill as a fairly easy pace. I had wanted to do 7km but I felt fairly knackered so cut it short.
I went out this afternoon to do 6.5km and had to cut it down to 4km as my legs really felt terrible.
Am I just imagining this or is there something I should be doing to ensure my legs recover as quickly as possible after a run and are as fresh as possible as soon as possible?
Could it be a deficiency of some sort in my diet? (Eggs and ham for brekkie, tuna and wholewheat biscuits for lunch and meat and two veg for dinner would be the norm)
Could it be my trainers? I get them recommended and fitted by Amphibian King in Bray so I'm sure it's not their quality or suitability but maybe they need changing. I've had them just about 12 months so they'd have around 500km on them. I didn't do as much exercise last year as I'm doing this year.
This is really frustrating me so any and all suggestions and feedback is much appreciated.