First things first let me say that I had a very successful summer of running up until now. This is my second year running cross country and I am a senior. After my first year of xc I found out how much I loved running and trained a lot (at the time) for track. I peaked at 40 mpw for track and ran a 5:02 mile and a 10:59 2 Mile.
So I take a week off after the track season and I figure this summer I bump my mileage up to 50 mpw. I started at a very low 25 Miles my first week back. And then increased as such: 32-36-33-35-39-43-48-40-45-50-36 (last week). Throughout the summer I had very successful workouts. I was able to consistently keep up with 16:00 5k guys during long runs and Hill workouts.
The reason I had such a big drop off from 50 all the way down to 36 is because I strained my hip flexor. Also I was just feeling terrible the first day back after that 50 mile week. During the 50 mile week I had one 12 mile long run (previous highest long run was 9 miles), a Hill workout, and a tempo run. I also ran my easy runs around 6:50-7:20 pace that week and pretty much all throughout the summer.
For some reason starting last week I’ve just been feeling out of shape and having dead legs. Monday-Wednesday last week it was really humid and felt absolutely terrible running 5 miles at a 7:30 pace. Towards the end of the week I was beginning to feel a little better though. Took Sunday off and only got 36 Miles that week with only one workout (hills).
We were supposed to do a 12x400m interval workout today at 80-85 seconds so not too hard. But our coach isn’t here so we did a longish run of 8 miles with a pickup during the last 4 miles. I felt generally alright during the first 4 miles but the last 4 miles all fell apart. Struggling to maintain a 7:20 pace after running the 5th Mile in 6:55. Finished the run at a 7:17 pace over all and was beaten by guy who’s mile pr was a 5:30 during track and 3 mile pr of 19:20. I feel absolutely humiliated and wondering why I keep running when I feel so bad.
Could it be low iron? I mean I eat iron-fortified cereal every morning for breakfast so idk. Or is it overtraining? Please help me xc season hasn’t even started yet and I’m feeling absolutely terrible.