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Advice needed - fatigue

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Jun 2017
4:21pm, 5 Jun 2017
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How much are you sleeping, and is it good quality.

I'm currently suffering seemingly constant fatigue of the back of reasonably high mileage training (but no more, and often less, than previous years). However the one thing I know is different is the amount and quality of my sleep - I'm struggling to sleep at all, and when I do it seems to be crap quality.
Jun 2017
4:24pm, 5 Jun 2017
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To be honest, I'm not a great sleeper and find it difficult to get to sleep, so that may be an issue.

I always find it difficult to rest, so sometimes I just go out steady, say four miles at 8mim/mile.

I think my diet is fine, as far as I know.

Is it worth discussing this with a doctor?
Jun 2017
7:00pm, 5 Jun 2017
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Welcome to Fetch. :)

It sounds like possible overtraining syndrome to me. See what you think:
Jun 2017
7:19pm, 5 Jun 2017
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Do you ever have a week off? Try one. At that level of performance, do have a coach? If so, why is he/she hammering you with that level of training?
Jun 2017
7:33pm, 5 Jun 2017
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Most people think they're diet is fine but don't actually know what they are looking for. You've had blood tests that are OK so stop looking for a medical reason and start listening to your body! As Dvorak says take a week off. Eat good quality meals with protein and micro nutrients. Drink plenty of water and see how you feel after 7 days. It is normal for training to plateau. That's when you ask your coach to switch things about. What worked last week might not work today or next week. Please try and offer yourself a chance to feel less fatigued and go from there
Jun 2017
7:36pm, 5 Jun 2017
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Fenland (Fenners) Runner
...and (some) people stuff themselves with quick burn carbs, which results in the crash.
Jun 2017
7:36pm, 5 Jun 2017
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As Vrap says, fatigue alone I imagine would be difficult to investigate. I bottomed out with continuous fatigue, sleeping 11 hours a day, shortness of breath and palpitations, until I finally got diagnosed with pernicious anaemia three months ago. That's on top of hypothyroidism so I was a walking coma by then. So doesn't sound like anaemia or the sort to me, if you struggle to sleep. Others might be on the right track with over training. Any stress? Things bugging you when trying to get to sleep?
Jun 2017
9:37pm, 5 Jun 2017
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Ok, thanks everyone. I will try and do a bit less and listen to my body more...even if that means resting:)
Jun 2017
10:48pm, 23 Jun 2017
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Don't forget, you are actually still growing at the tender age of 19! Your body will need huge amounts of energy and nutrients to met the demand of a full training schedule AND growing at the same time. Don't be too hard on yourself.

Hopefully by now you will have had a chance to rest up, how do you feel now?
Jun 2017
10:11pm, 24 Jun 2017
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Hi 45-50 miles is a lot for 5k race focus, do you have a coach to set you a plan?, at 17 minutes there diminishing returns from doing more of what got you there. training needs to look at the whole body and technique + dier. Make sure easy miles are run very easy and ample recovery is allowed after hard sessions

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