Why can’t I get fit

I can’t run for more than a few minutes. I’ve been training for a year now, HIIT, daily swimming, running on road, treadmill, cycling, circuits, I’ve done it all. I did a couch to 5K challenge, couldn’t get past week 4. No matter what I do, I can not get any fitter. My fitness fluctuates massively, some days I can actually run well (1 in 5 I’d say) the other days I can’t run at all! I’m at a point where I know this isn’t a mental block. My doctor insists there is nothing wrong with me, but absolutely nothing I do allows me to improve on my running ability. I regularly see people attending circuits with me who have never done any fitness stuff, overweight, and they always out perform me. Every single time. I’m not overweight and I have a good balanced diet, I eat lots of protein and drink lots of water, I don’t drink alcohol or smoke. Posting here is my last resort, nobody has had an answer for me other than “try harder”. I’ve tried very hard for a year now, I don’t know what else to do and my career is now being effected massively. On the bleep test I can achieve around 7, I need to get 10, easy for everyone, impossible for me, or I need to run 1.5 miles I’m 11 minutes, easy for everyone else, impossible for me, I recently did it it 11.30! A few days later I couldn’t even run 1 mile... why does it fluctuate like this when I have a constant stable diet and constant stable training which I attempt to progress....

JO Josh

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  1. JA

    Jack You wouldn't achieve the result by exhausting yourself with workouts

    Best Regards, Jack


    0 9 Dec 18
  2. JA

    Jack I agree

    try to be not so exacting for yorself

    you can do workouts enjoyed and stiack to a diet

    Good Luck

    0 9 Dec 18
  3. LI

    Linda Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further write

    vex 3

    0 7 Dec 18
  4. Ruth M C

    Ruth M C Can't really say anything better than what has already been said by Sharnie and Rob. Rather than read more'try harder' you need to 'wind your neck back in' and start enjoying exercising. Good luck! Get yourself some Bug friends.... their advise will prove invaluable.

    0 5 Dec 18
  5. Sharnie1

    Sharnie1 Exactly what Rob said - a mile and a half in 11.30 is not slow - take the pressure off and go do read moresome gentle runs at what feels like a really slow jog and only do one or two hard runs a week and you'll be amazed at the difference it makes. Constantly battering your legs trying to get faster is counter productive, and not very enjoyable either - good luck with it :)

    0 5 Dec 18
  6. rob k

    rob k Maybe you are trying too hard.

    If you are running 1.5miles in 11:30 that is pretty decent. If you are wanting to run further then run slower, find a pace (even if it feels very slow) at which you can chat or sing and run. So from this take it that a very gentle jog is just fine.

    It sounds like you are constantly pushing yourself and not giving your body a chance to recover from a hard effort. Recovery and rest is an important part of it, firstly to reduce fatigue and secondly to reduce injury risk. If you hammer yourself every day then your results will fluctuate.

    You then need to build some variety into it, make it fun as well as work. For instance rather than a hard swim, do an aquaerobics class, they are a good laugh and a good social occasion.

    For your running, have a look at a club that can help you with some coached sessions to get the best out of it and also make running a social activity with no pressure on time or distance. At running club nights we have done things like spacehopper races on the track, musical chairs, playing tick etc as well as the more normal things you would expect at a running club.

    So stop being so hard on yourself, mix up the guts-out hard as you can run or swim with nice easy stuff, designate a rest day each week and try to keep it to the same day when you don't do much harder than walk.

    0 4 Dec 18