Friday, June 15, 2012

Eighteen months

Yes, it's been 18 months since my training intolerance became apparent! In those 18 months I have improved slightly (probably due to restoration of iron levels), but the intolerance just won't go away. With that amount of time and a good 6 months of normal iron levels it's come to the time to accept that this is as good as it's going to get. I have no idea what has caused it, but there must be some modification of my muscle physiology/function. There will be good days and there will be bad days, and there won't be any more marathons or even half marathons, I can't tolerate the training :-(. Running will simply become a means of keeping somewhat fit, getting outside and keeping the body weight in check. There will be fun runs for the sake of going somewhere different, but no matter how strong that desire is to chase PBs, the body is just no longer able. Pretty tough when you live in a runner's paradise. Bummed to my core.

Skeletal muscle pathology from athletes with ATI
Skeletal muscle pathology in endurance athletes with acquired training intolerance

Latest 'Training':
Sunday - 11.4K, lurgi still lingering 6min/K HRav 147 bpm. Rate 1/3 although happy to be running again after 5 days off
Monday - 3.1K easy jog 6:30min/K, HRav 130bpm
Tuesday - OFF, lingering lurgi
Wednesday - Easy circuit of central basin + Telopea Park 11.1K 5:50min/K HRav 130bpm Rate 2/3
Thursday - weights session at the gym
Friday - Black Mountain circuit 11.8K, 6min/K HRav 130bpm, Rate 1.5/3


  1. Does this muscle problem make the gym sessions any different ? Is it aerobic or anaerobic ?

    1. Fully compatible with an aerobic problem. Lifting weights not an issue and that is consistent with the research out of South Africa with acquired training intolerance (ATI). BUT as I have pointed out, and also compatible with ATI, I do get bad DOMS.

  2. I feel for your bummedness. We do live in a runner's paradise so it's great to be able to run pain-free and enjoy it.

    Any chance you can get a muscle biopsy to see if you have it & if so, how bad it is? I read the paper. Were you doing 'prolonged exhaustive exercise' when marathon training? One of the examples there was the 46-year-old guy who ran 10,000k a year (192k a week) incl 504k a week for 7 weeks... now that's prolonged exhaustive exercise!

    You were running quite well pre-lurgi - for example when you were just behind me at Stromlo & you were doing a fast/slow session, so perhaps post-lurgi you can get back to that form and improve from there? Marathons and HMs don't need to be raced to enjoy running and racing. Plus, if you're not racing them the long run can be 90 mins to 2 hours which is a very pleasant non-damaging length of time to run.

    1. Thanks ET. Yes, I haven't done the mileage consistent with the athletes in that study. However, it's hard to come up with what else it could be. I did do a lot of high mileage cycling pre-running, but really nothing too extreme. Wussy muscles perhaps. I have over-reached in the past.

      As an ex-cyclist, it's always been about being able to exercise for long periods, that's what I love the most. At present 90mins to 2hrs can't be tolerated, so I'm not sure what's an optimum time/distance. I was already on a decline pre-lurgi, the muscles are not happy at the moment.

      It's going to be about trying to find the right balance and to accept that it won't be much long stuff anymore and pace will be slow.