My extreme apologies for posting this prob in the wrong place as i couldnt find where my last post went to. Nothing here thats TMI but lack of hormone (estrogen ) has effect on testosterone. Symptoms can include , aching muscles, no strength, easier to injure , pains everywhere. I posted this on a commomly used sight Menopause Matters- its been viewed 24(!) times and no reply - ( very hard to find women who run outside sites like this! ) Im stuck for expert help as doctor doesnt excersize said just satisfy yourself with 6 miles. Sorry no. So im on here as pals are all couple years younger , not in this situation and no one else to ask.............
(Urgently searching for long time runners - anyone doing 40-50m a week?)
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My approx mileage is 45 miles a week, was mostly a hobby, few half marathons . I live in Perthshire , lot of hills which always managed to varying degrees- no fell runner but i enjoy trail. If doing more mileage with partner had gotten to 9.5 min miles - i know not fast. Latterly feel like no muscle strength at times. Longest distance was 1/2 ,then decided to do local marathon so started on training plan which was slowly working, got to 22 and legs tired but was on course , had 2 months to go, then strained abductors made me realise not cross training . My leg would tire and could hardly lift it. I went back to swimming which i still do and has helped , with some cycling. Fine , did less running so knew id have to play catch up, a month later friend encouraged me to do local marathon- i had a month and that included taper week. All was fine but during that i changed HRT and now i find muscles knotted, tired as if made of wood at 20 , i used to need the odd rest day but now its as if not recovering. I was meant to do 22 sun but 20 was enough- legs like bricks , didnt run mon but swam to loosen muscles, ran 6 tues , bit hard but ok, 4 on wed night could barely get up hills and lift my feet . Today was 10 ...same with hills, yet again barely lift feet, no strength , muscles tired as if dragging cannonballs. I had protien shake Sun after run . Dont know what else to do. Doctor has mentioned adding testosterone gel (although i dont talk running with her as her advice was just stick to 6 miles so i dint see her giving much sympathy for struggling with marathon training!) I have barely 2 weeks left to even add that 2 miles but its getting harder , i just dont know why ?
Anyone with any similar experience? My strategy is 11min mile til 22 (hopefully ) and i used to be able to cope with jog/walk the last 4 . After Sundays carry on im panicking . Id hoped 4.45 but at this rate itl be 6 which i dread. Help anyone?