Day 338 – Is My Running Streak Catching Up With Me?

I’ve reached day 338 in my running streak and I was left wondering at the end of the run whether my running streak is starting to catch up with me. The run was only 6k but it was a race and I was starting with a couple of guys that I know I can keep up with.

It wasn’t very long before they were disappearing into the distance and I was finding it more and more difficult to breathe.

ExhaustedI’m Starting To Get Tired

It has taken almost 340 days of running every day but for the first time this year I have felt absolutely exhausted while I was running today. Could the cumulative effect of the running streak have finally caught up to me?

I mean, I’m still averaging over 10k per day and that has been going strong through day 300 and beyond.

The run was only a 6k run but I knew I was in trouble after the first 2 or 300 metres.

It was a race so the start was a pretty quick one and I expected to lose my breath…that’s par for the course. But what’s not usual is being unable to get my breath back at all. And that’s what I experienced today.

Now, I’m not particularly worried at this point. One day where I feel tired during the run is not that big of a deal. In fact, it is probably amazing that it has taken 11 months for it to happen. What I’d like, though, is some sort of warning that it’s going to happen. What I would prefer is a bit of a lead up where a few runs in a row leave me feeling more tired than usual.

At least then I’d be sort of ready for it.

The only hint that I was not going to have a particularly good run today was when I walked up the escalators at the train station this morning. I usually reach the top and feel a little bit of a burn in the quads that quickly goes away once I’ve reached the top. Today I was left feeling decidedly winded which was a bit of a worry and was probably a portent of what was to come at lungh time.

I am tempted to put it down to giving blood relatively recently but that was more than two weeks ago now. I can understand getting tired quickly the next day or the day after that. But not two weeks later.

There is another factor that is also worth thinking about and it is definitely a factor that has to be significant. I was called from work last night at around 2:30am. I had to get up and log on to work to solve a problem. It took around half an hour to solve but I was awake for around 45 minutes to an hour.

I had gotten to bed around 12:30 so I had only been asleep for 2 hours before I was disturbed and then got another 2 and a half hours before I was up and preparing to go to work.

Am I Simply Sleep Deprived?

Maybe I was simply tired through lack of sleep today and it has just caught up with me. It’s certainly something that makes a lot of sense.

I’m sure there will be any number of sleep experts who would be lining up to rap me over the knuckles over the amount of sleep I get per night.

More often than not I am climbing into bed after midnight and my alarm goes off at 6 in the morning. With a routine of going for a run every day (and averaging 10k over such a long period of time) my energy reserves must often be falling dangerously low.

Hopefully It’s Just One Day

That’s my hope. Tomorrow I will be going out for another run. I will be very interested to see just how my body reacts. It will be interesting to see how I am feeling after the first kilometre or so.

If I were to get a good night sleep tonight and start again tomorrow I would expect that I will feel more comfortable in my next run. I will also be starting off at a more leisurely pace so there is little chance that I will be blowing myself away in the first 500 metres.

The alternative is that I have a longer term problem to deal with but I don’t want to jump to any false conclusions just yet.

Body Management Is Still Key

I remember back when I was at the 200 day mark and was feeling good about my progress. There seemed to be little stopping me at the time and, to be honest, that has continued through the 300 day mark and beyond.

This is another timely reminder that it is all about body management. Today’s run could simply be my body reminding me that every now and then it needs a rest. I think I might just do the smart thing and listen to my body.

There are still another 42 days until the end of the year and I am still on track to complete the full goal of running every day for the year. It’s now a matter of doing it smart and making sure I simply cover the distance without worrying too much about the speed that I’m running.

The Numbers For the Year So Far

So, with today being the 323rd day of the year I have now run…323 days this year. The total distance covered is 3,283km which gives me an average distance per day of 10.16km.

The way November is shaping up this may only be the 3rd month this year where I won’t top the 300km for the month. I’m not overly fussed about that given the way I felt today, but it would be nice to be able to push the 300 mark over the second half of the month.

My average pace per kilometre has slipped a little over the last month or so and is now at 4 mins 51 per km.

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