Here’s how my weekly mileage looks in my first 8 weeks of marathon training:
Week 1 (ending 10/18) – Scheduled: 23 / Actual: 22.5
Week 2 (10/25) – 21 / 21.7
Week 3 (11/1) – 21 / 19.1
Week 4 (11/8) – 26 / 25.8
Week 5 (11/15 – 30 / 28.8
Week 6 (11/22) – 26 / 21.6
Week 7 (11/29) – 30 / 30.1
Week 8 (12/6 – current week) – Scheduled: 33
My training schedule is a malleable thing that I’m adjusting as I learn about how I’m feeling week to week. And this week, week 8, just shy of halfway through this beast – all week I’ve been effing TIRED. I can’t get enough sleep (even though I’m hitting 8-10 hours solid nightly), have low energy during the day, and then feel a bit restless in the evening. Seems a little early on experience such fatigue (I’m not calling it burnout yet) and so I’m a little concerned.
My body feels okay, and so at the moment my primary suspect is nutrition and hydration. I’m pretty certain I’m not getting in enough quality calories, and so I’m returning to the tedious task of tracking all my food for a week or so. According to my research and calculations, I should be consuming between 1850-2100 calories daily. And this means QUALITY calories – not 1200 calories of real food and 600 calories of beer and doughnuts. That said I don’t do marathon training without some treats.
But by honoring the commitment to avoid filling in the gaps with said goodies, I’ve actually found getting in 2000-ish calories to require a lot of focus. As a pescatarian, most of my staple foods are relatively healthy and nutrient dense. Sometimes it feels like I have to eat a lot of food to meet the demand. AND if I’m consciously drinking a ton of fluids, I feel even more satiated throughout the day and less inclined to snacky snacks.
That said I don’t think that I’m necessarily overthinking it. It’s just requires a different routine. Here’s my overall strategy:
• Eat a bigger breakfast (from my usual 200-ish calories to 350-400 calories)
• Every meal contains a good ratio of macros – carbs, protein, healthy fat
• Obscene amounts of fruits and vegetables
I’m hoping that this cures my weird running hangover.
Have you experienced fatigue in training? Do you change your diet while building mileage for a race?