Nice to be a part of the forums and I am looking for a bit of advice.
So to make a long story moderate...
I am a 33 year old male who at this time last year (Spring) weighed 92kg. I lived a very sedentary lifestyle and I had done occasional exercise in the past, none of which ever really 'resonated' or seemed enjoyable to me.
Last November, so approximately 6 months ago, sick of carrying the weight, I joined a local gym which I still go to around 2 to 4 times a week (work dependant). I have never really run, but I began to do more and more on the treadmill and started to enjoy the sense of achievement (and dopamine release) after a run/whatever I could manage.
We found out over Christmas that my 2 year old daughter needed Heart Surgery, so come January I decided to do a run for the Charity that supports her. I ran 52 miles over 3 weeks (aimed for 40) when I could (as a newbie) and struggled through it, but enjoyed the challenge. Today I weigh 78kg and feel all the better for it (I am trying to do resistance training along side the cardio and build a bit of muscle but I am finding it very difficult).
Anyhow, where my issue comes in is that my stamina and endurance doesn't seem to be raising, if anything it feels like it is reducing. Realistically I can't run for long, maybe a few miles at a time tops. I read all the time of people going from nothing to 10K in 4 weeks and the like.
In the last 6 months I was out of the picture for 3 weeks with Covid, and I had a severe bout of recurring bacterial food poisoning at the beginning of March. I don't know if things like that have an effect (I am a complete newbie so forgive me if that is irrelevant).
At this gym that I attend, you are eligible for a trainer to give you program reviews, and the trainer who occasionally does a session with me is great, and has introduced me to HIIT. However, my times are getting worse. My usual jogging pace is 9.5kph. So with HIIT I run 12kph for 3 minutes then basically walk for 1 minute and repeat. When I started a month ago I could do 8 repetitions of this until I was spent. Now I can do 5, and my lungs are on fire and I want to vomit!
Same with an endurance run. I can do 1.5 miles and I am done. Like, completely done.
Does anyone have any advice, or has anyone been through this before? It feels like a bit of a personal phenomenon because usually if I work at some I maybe plateau for a bit before improving but this seems to be a sharp decline in progress.
Any advice and comments welcome, but more importantly: -
Hi, and thanks for having me in the forums!