I recently graduated from the c25k programme (yay!) and am just trying to keep up with the 30 minute runs at the moment, with a view to gradually increase that to longer runs, and also increase my speed (I realised after I started using a GPS tracking app that I'm not actually averaging 5k yet!). I still find 30 minute runs challenging, although not so challenging that I am feeling awful while running or getting a stitch. I usually stop feeling tired, but also feeling like I could have run for 5 minutes more. Which is good
When I stop running, I do my 5 minute warm down walk home, then have some water and go for a shower. However, the evening after my run, I feel absolutely exhausted. I have been making sure to eat something after I get in as I thought it might be low blood sugar, but it just takes me forever to recover and I find myself lying on the sofa for the whole evening. I got in around 6.45 last night and even at 11, when I was getting ready for bed, I still felt knocked out.
Will it get any easier? I really enjoy the running, but have now started to dread how I feel afterwards and how long it takes me to recover. Should I just keep up with the 30 minute runs for the time being without increasing my time, until I can recover a bit better?
Thanks for any advice!