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Why you might be tired

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Do you find yourself dragging to get through the day? Tired beyond tired? And workouts: They’re impossible! It’s difficult when the weather gets nice to not have that natural spring in our steps. Even the best of us find ourselves in an energy rut from time to time. So, it’s important to pinpoint the underlying cause(s) to get our bodies up and running better – quite literally.

Here are some areas to consider:

Sleep: When the time changed last month, I had trouble adjusting. I’m still going to bed an hour later than I used to, all while having to get up at the same old time. Sleep deprivation accumulates, so if you’re thinking sleep might be the cause, try setting your bedtime 15 minutes earlier tonight – working to a half or full hour more of rest. Though the old 8-hour suggestion isn’t a hard rule, getting significantly less can be draining. Sleeping more might even make you a faster runner.

Dehydration: I’m notoriously bad at getting enough water during the day. I simply forget to guzzle and find myself with this huge energy slump in the afternoons right before my run. On days when I am more mindful of my consumption – I don’t seem to have the same issues. It’s true: “Sometimes even mild to moderate dehydration can lead to sluggishness.” So, if you suspect H2O might be to blame, figure out how much you need to drink per day and get on it! Plain water, herbal teas, watery fruits like watermelon, sparkling water, etc. are all great options. (More about drinks for runners.)

Diet: Maybe you’re not getting enough calories (or enough of the right calories) to fuel your activity. Or perhaps you’re trying to lose weight and PR this spring. There’s a delicate balance between calories needed for optimal running performance and, well, not enough. Ask yourself: Am I eating enough? Then make sure to fill your plate with complex carbs, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, etc.

Overtraining: Have you recently ramped up your mileage or tried more demanding workouts – perhaps all without many rest days in-between? If you didn’t ease into this type of schedule, your body might be revolting. An estimated 61% of all serious runners will go through a period of overtraining at least once in their running career.” Exhaustion is just one sign of overtraining, so if you suspect you might be doing too much – also look for signs like moodiness, disturbed sleep, frequent sickness, elevated resting heart rate, and get the rest your body and mind need. (More about overtraining.)

Medical issues: There are also a number of medical issues that might contribute to a general feeling of malaise. Anything from seasonal or food allergies to anemia to depression to Fibromyalgia to heart disease and more. So, if you’ve, pardon the pun, exhausted the other possibilities, head to your doctor for a checkup. There may be a simple fix out there that can help get you feeling like yourself again.

Written by  Ashley Marcin.

Recipe: parsnip asparagus quinoa salad

parsnip asparagus quinoa salad

There are few foods that make me feel more winter-y than parsnips and there are few foods that remind me spring has sprung more than asparagus. On the cusp of the two seasons, both these vegetables are deliciously in “season”. So why not use both to … [Continue reading]

6 places to walk this spring

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Spring is finally here, which means those walks for fitness will be much more pleasant. Thing is, after months upon months of being stuck on treadmills snow-covered sidewalks, even a short walk can still feel like a chore. So, it's time to break out … [Continue reading]

Good hydration: The pros and cons of different drinks for running

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Before a run, what do you fill your water bottle up with – water, a sports drink, coconut water? Runners know how important good hydration is. But with a host of beverage options to choose from, which is best for staying hydrated on the run? Well, … [Continue reading]

Cool races in cool places: Wings for Life Run, 35 countries

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WINGS FOR LIFE RUN When: May 4, 2014 Where: 35 countries worldwide, view all locations here. Distance: Part of what makes this race unique is you don't know the distance you'll run – the finish line will chase you instead of you running for it. In … [Continue reading]

Cool races in cool places: Run for the Wild, Bronx Zoo, New York City

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RUN FOR THE WILD When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 (8 a.m. start for runners, 8:45 a.m. start for walkers and families) Distance: 5K (3.1 miles) Course map What makes it a cool race: Lions, tigers, bears, oh my! The 6th annual Run for the Wild takes … [Continue reading]

Study: Can running too much kill you? (and how to properly read studies)

Can running too much kill you?

In grad school for my Master of Public Health, we had to take several courses learning how to properly interpret scientific studies – and how to tell the good studies from the not-so-good ones. (Bear with me. I promise this has to do with … [Continue reading]

Remembering Boston: one year later

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We'll never forget last year – we'll always remember those who suffered and those who lost their lives. Our hearts continue to go out to all the victims’ families and to all those affected by this horrible tragedy.  But today we're also moving … [Continue reading]

All about step machines

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While it may be spring, most gym memberships run the course of a full year. So, chances are if you have a membership, you're still heading indoors to do at least some running or cross-training. We thought it'd be good to cover some more equipment you … [Continue reading]

The best summer trail races in the United States

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We recently shared our trail running tips for beginners. As the temperatures get hotter, it becomes the ideal time to take up trail running. The shade provided by the trees on the trail can keep you cool and protect you from the heat of the sun. So, … [Continue reading]