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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11807 posts, RR: 15
Posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

I am now running at least 3 miles a day and doing core work every day. I get sad after every workout. This does not seem normal. Anyone else experience this? What is happening? How can I fix it?


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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1009 times:

You're probably getting too much of an endorphin release in your body. Usually people feel good post work out.


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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1939 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

Are you for sure sad, or are you feeling sick? I don't think I've ever heard of people feeling "sad" after a good workout. I always feel amazing after any exercise, even if I can barely move!

You kind of make it sound like you're doing a lot of repetitive exercise...maybe try switching it up and see how you feel? Try hitting the gym and doing some light weights for a couple days instead of always running and doing core.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 992 times:

Might possibly just be your blood sugar going down.

It sounds banal, but hunger can enable dark moods if they are "waiting at the door" anyway.


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7279 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 977 times:

Never have had that happen. Have had some very long tiring days before. Have I felt sick or tired yes. But sad? Unless we lost the game no.
Make sure your diet is good for the work out you are doing. Water and something people forget sometimes especially when eating healthy make sure you have your daily salt intake.



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User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5659 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 960 times:

Define sad.

When working up to the half marathon I ran, I was running 5+ every other day (after I built up to it) and worked my core on the off days.

Never really felt sad, but I was tired some days and felt run down. I would take the next day off and pick it up again without a problem. I missed up to a week sometimes because I was run down.

Listen to your body. Let it heal up.



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User currently offlinerunner13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 954 times:

Never heard of that. I ran cross country in college and did over 100 miles a week the majority of the year. Felt great and like crap after most workouts but never sad. I can't help ya, maybe you should go see a therapists.

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20362 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 945 times:

I can get really pissy after a workout if my blood sugar gets low.

Could that be the issue?


User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 898 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
I can get really pissy after a workout if my blood sugar gets low.

Could that be the issue?
Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
Might possibly just be your blood sugar going down

Not blood sugar. I get that tested all the time because type 2 diabetes runs in my family. That is always normal. I don't eat much sugar or bread.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 2):
Are you for sure sad, or are you feeling sick?

Yes, it is sad. I drink a lot of water all day. It is not sick, it is just in my head, not the body. A sadness. Kind of like low self-esteem.



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2773 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 857 times:

You haven't told us much about your personal history with athletics. Is it possible that your recent participation in these activities is reminding you of something from your past?


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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 782 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 9):
Is it possible that your recent participation in these activities is reminding you of something from your past?

No. This is the most athletic I have ever been. When I started all this about a year ago, I was feeling great after every workout and the endorphins were there. Now, I just don't want to do it anymore. I make myself do it because I know I need to lose fat, so I keep going.

I have completely changed my diet, too. Eating less and better.



Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlinefr8mech From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 5659 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 749 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 10):
No. This is the most athletic I have ever been. When I started all this about a year ago, I was feeling great after every workout and the endorphins were there. Now, I just don't want to do it anymore. I make myself do it because I know I need to lose fat, so I keep going.

Have you set goals that you are having a hard time achieving? Not running the pace you want? Lifting what you want to lift?

Setting a goal and not achieving it, especially in training, can result in some 'sad' feelings.

Not knowing more about you, your regimen and motivation, I'm not going to 'pontificate'. But, I suggest you lay off for a couple of days, and come back to it. This feeling of sadness could be your body telling you that enough is enough.



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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 737 times:

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 11):
Have you set goals that you are having a hard time achieving? Not running the pace you want? Lifting what you want to lift?

I don't set goals. I know I do the same or more than I did the day before.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 11):
This feeling of sadness could be your body telling you that enough is enough.

That's what I was thinking as I wrote my last post. I will take tomorrow off and see how Wednesday goes.



Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlinekiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 716 times:

I have had occasions during intense periods of trainig where I don't feel "sad" but my level of anxiety increases. This is odd because exercise generally reduces stress levels. This got to the stage where I was having sleepless nights as my mind was racing about all sorts of inane crap. The interesting thing is, my training partner also said that he occasionally went through the same thing.

I never discussed it with a professional, (doctor), as it subsided eventually. I self-diagnosed it as an increasing metabolic rate playing havoc with my mind.

So, whilst I didn't feel "sad" it was certainly not a positive emotional experience.

Hope it passes for you


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 697 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 8):
Not blood sugar. I get that tested all the time because type 2 diabetes runs in my family. That is always normal. I don't eat much sugar or bread.

Might just be a relatively short dip right after exertion, before the body can recover normal levels.

And it may be a purely physical effect or it may be just a physical trigger letting in something that's already in your mind but normally won't come forward on its own.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 10):
I have completely changed my diet, too. Eating less and better.

It can be tricky eating less and still getting everything the body needs (or at least is accustomed to). There are so many nutrients and trace elements we need, and our digestion systems are not all the same; There are individual variations on what we need, what we don't tolerate very well and how efficiently we take in certain components.

Especially when we're reducing overall intake, it gets even more critical that all essentials still remain covered. When there is an excess of everything, the body has an easier time getting all components it needs. Maybe there is actually a slight deficiency in some nutrients, maybe just temporarily.

Maybe your body is still trying to cope with the changed regime and hasn't entirely adjusted to it yet.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20362 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 695 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 8):
Not blood sugar. I get that tested all the time because type 2 diabetes runs in my family. That is always normal. I don't eat much sugar or bread.

None of that matters for what I'm describing. Your blood sugar varies from minute to minute. When you get towards the low range of normal, many people start to feel negative emotions. After a workout, your blood glucose is relatively depleted.


User currently offlineCompensateMe From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 692 times:




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User currently offlinerunner13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 659 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 10):
No. This is the most athletic I have ever been. When I started all this about a year ago, I was feeling great after every workout and the endorphins were there. Now, I just don't want to do it anymore. I make myself do it because I know I need to lose fat, so I keep going.

I have completely changed my diet, too. Eating less and better.

I think you answered your question. If you don't enjoy it, and make yourself do it, that could be a lot of the problem. Maybe you should try some different cardio, or challenge youself everyday. Doing 3 miles a day give or take for a year is not that challenging.
As far as diets go, I never got caught up in any fads with healthy eating. Our track coach made us go to a nutrionists one day. She almost had a heart attack when I told her what I ate everyday, and how fast I was running. The bottom line is everybody is different as far as diets go. What works for one won't work for others. As long as you eat somewhat healthy, and exercise you'll be fine. When I ran in college, I ate the same thing everyday. A big unhealthy breakfast, scramble eggs, fatty bacon, and sausage, lucky charms with milk, pancakes with tons of syrup, and butter, and milk, apple juice, and orange juice to drink. Drank plenty of gatorade, and water during the day. Turkey sandwich, with plain chips and juice to drink, and usually spaghetti, or lasagna for dinner with a couple of beers to wash it down. I know I was doing much more running then you are doing, but I probably the unhealthiest runner on the team, and one of the top runners.

I wouldn't worry so much about the diet, eat what you want, change your workouts and see what happens for a month. I'm no expert but if it doesn't work you've only lost a month.


User currently offlineDucatiRacer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 608 times:

I run a couple of miles several times a week. I also often experience this same feeling. I have always attributed it to "coming down" from the runner's high that one experiences due to the endorphin release during the run. In my case, I have not really thought it to be related to a decrease in blood sugar, as I train early mornings in a fasted state (aside from some aminos I take before heading to the gym in order to stave off muscle loss during the workout), so my glycogen and blood sugar levels are probably pretty low before I even get started. Having a post-workout shake does not seem to alleviate the dip in mood either, it just has to work itself out. That said, the "blue" feeling never lasts more than 30 minutes or so. Doc probably knows best about what causes it. I have just learned to live with it.

User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 587 times:

Quoting runner13 (Reply 17):
I wouldn't worry so much about the diet, eat what you want,

I have to worry about what I eat because diabetes and heard conditions run in my family. Plus, I put on weight very easily. I have not exercized to the degree I usually do. I always park as far away as I can so I walk more, but no running today. And I feel better. I guess I should scale back the running.



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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4881 posts, RR: 37
Reply 20, posted (2 years 7 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 564 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 19):
And I feel better. I guess I should scale back the running.

Just take a break, and probably mix it up too. I've never experienced that 'let-down' after exercise. I don't the exercise in a fasted state, so that could be my difference.


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