Archived: Not Even Moving


Got a question about running? You’re in the right place. Every Tuesday, world-renowned coach, author and athlete Hal Higdon posts and answers athlete questions here. You can submit your question by joining the discussions on Hal Higdon’s Virtual Training Bulletin Boards.


I’m a huge fan of your training programs, and I’ve followed many them to the T. I started with the 5-K, all the way to the Marathon. But something is just not right anymore. I’m not enjoying the run like I used to. I’ve slowed down, and even through I try pushing myself hard, it feels like I’m not even moving. I decided to take a break from running and have not run in two weeks. I’m still working out: cross-training and strength training with a trainer. I made a difficult decision to give up my bib for my favorite local marathon, but I feel frustrated and alone.


How is your diet? When I hear people talk about lost energy, it may be mental (burned out) or it may be nutritional. Sometimes lack of energy happens to runners trying various fad diets, ignoring the fact that carbohydrates remain the most efficient energy food. This happens often to people who try to lose weight while training for a marathon. I’m not saying this is you, but a visit to an RD might be called for. If not, there may be some physical problems holding you back. One other question: If you are working out with a trainer, is it possible that he is working you out harder filling the gap after you stopped running? If you can’t come up with some solution soon, you might want to get a physical exam to rule out whatever needs to be ruled out.

About the Author

Hal Higdon

Hal Higdon is a Contributing Editor for'Runner's World'and author of 34 books, including the best-selling'Marathon: The Ultimate Training Guide. He ran eight times in the Olympic Trials and won four world masters championships. Higdon estimates that more than a quarter million runners have finished marathons using his training programs, and he also offers additional interactive programs at all distances through TrainingPeaks.Hal uses'TrainingPeaks'to power his interactive marathon and half marathon training plans.'Check out more of Hal Higdon's training plans here'or on'his website.

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