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I used to jog all the time, but that was probably 15 years ago! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've gotten very out of shape over the last 6 years due to some health issues and periodic depression. Well, my health issues seem to be stable and so is my mood! So I just started walking/jogging again.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
I've been walking 1 minute, jogging 2 minutes, repeat for the last 5 days. But some days I can do that for 45 minutes, and then others, like today, I ended up doing walk 1, jog 1 for 25 minutes and I wanted to die!<br><br>
I know today, I really didn't feel like going out, but I felt like I need to keep up the momentum, so I forced myself to do it anyway. I'm glad I did it because if I hadn't, I'd be sitting her beating myself up about it. But I just can't figure out why some days are so different as far as my energy level. I ate the same thing for breakfast both days. I slept about the same amount. But I am in countdown mode until my period.<br><br>
Does anyone else have this happen and do you have any ideas as to why it happens?
 

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Some days are just like that.<br><br>
However, I'm in the best shape of my life and I don't run 5 days in a row.<br><br>
If you're starting from zero, you need rest days. You need to let your body recover and catch up to the new activity. Since it seems you have the time and motivation to get out daily, then alternate jogging days with days when you just walk. Better yet, go for a bike ride or get in the pool when you can.<br><br>
Make sure to stretch when you're done!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Some days are just like that.<br><br>
However, I'm in the best shape of my life and I don't run 5 days in a row.<br><br>
If you're starting from zero, you need rest days. You need to let your body recover and catch up to the new activity. Since it seems you have the time and motivation to get out daily, then alternate jogging days with days when you just walk. Better yet, go for a bike ride or get in the pool when you can.<br><br>
Make sure to stretch when you're done!</div>
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That's a great idea! I probably should have just walked today. I'm just so excited that I feel good enough to work out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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For me, it also makes a huge difference what I've consumed. I run first thing in the morning so my body has no energy. I feel sick if I eat anyhing or drink too much. I have an energy drink (advocare spark for me) about ten minutes before I head out. I also do 5 minutes of warm up. On the days I skip the drink, I crash BAD about halfway through my program.<br><br>
So what is your body using to fuel your workout?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For me, it also makes a huge difference what I've consumed. I run first thing in the morning so my body has no energy. I feel sick if I eat anyhing or drink too much. I have an energy drink (advocare spark for me) about ten minutes before I head out. I also do 5 minutes of warm up. On the days I skip the drink, I crash BAD about halfway through my program.<br><br>
So what is your body using to fuel your workout?</div>
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I've been jogging right after the kids get off to school, so I usually just have a protein shake with a greens mix and flax seed in it. I can't seem to get myself to eat anything solid in the morning. I didn't do as long a warm up this morning though. I didn't have a whole lot of time, but I should have stretched better and warmed up for longer before I started. I probably would have gotten an overall better work out.
 

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Totally not an expert here, but here are some thoughts...<br><br>
Protein is great for supporting muscle growth and development. I don't feel like it gives me that surge of energy I need to run. I need something that turns to energy quickly. The energy drink I use has some caffeine (1 cup of coffee equiv), some B-vit, 11g sugars. I notice the effect slowly come on and no huge crash after. Some people use a drink or a bar or even a spoonful of honey. I'm sure there are more healthy ways to get there, maybe something you could add to your smoothie?<br><br>
Play around with some stuff and see if you notice a difference.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Totally not an expert here, but here are some thoughts...<br><br>
Protein is great for supporting muscle growth and development. I don't feel like it gives me that surge of energy I need to run. I need something that turns to energy quickly. The energy drink I use has some caffeine (1 cup of coffee equiv), some B-vit, 11g sugars. I notice the effect slowly come on and no huge crash after. Some people use a drink or a bar or even a spoonful of honey. I'm sure there are more healthy ways to get there, maybe something you could add to your smoothie?<br><br>
Play around with some stuff and see if you notice a difference.</div>
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I am doing a low carb diet so the carb content is something like 9, and I think 7 of those are fiber. But it may definitelybe that I need a better balance before working out to get the energy to keep going.
 
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