HELP!! Runner Woes

Help Help! I’m having running issues and they’re annoying me! Somebody help me out. I’ve been training for my first 10K and I seem to have a few kinks to work out….

Problem #1 – My heart rate…

I’ve been having problems with my breathing. My time is getting faster and distance is better but I literally run out of air. My legs don’t hurt but my heart feels like it’s coming out of my chest. This week I decided to see what was going on. I borrowed my brother’s running watch and this is what I discovered. When I start struggling for air my heart rate is at 211+. This week when I started struggling it was at 204, 206, 211, 216..should I be concerned about this?


Problem #2 – Ummm…I need to pee…

So embarrassingly enough my second problem is being able to run longer than 1-1.5 miles without having to pee so bad it hurts. Mind you I go before I start and I try not to drink a lot in the hour leading up to my run. Suggestions?


Problem #3 – I’m heating up

My body temperature spikes about 15-20 degrees when I run. Is this normal? I’m thinking that my heart rate being so high could be causing this.


So my seasoned runners..any suggestions for this 10K newbie?


XoXo ~ Lemon




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8 thoughts on “HELP!! Runner Woes

  1. I think your first problem is due to increasing your aerobic capacity. I began swimming because of this same problem! I feel that breathing has helped to control my breathing.
    Second issue, I don’t drink much water before running. But I am not a good judge of this. I drink a lot less water than most people! I go to the bathroom many times before races, because of my nerves!
    And I can’t help you with the third issue :\
    Good luck!


    1. Haha :) I saw your reply after I tweeted that! Thank you so much for the feedback! I’m so bewildered as to why I’m not breathing alright. I’ve been a swimmer from the time I was in elementary school through college and swam competitively :) Now if my body will just learn to swim breathe while running I’ll be in business!


      1. Hmm, well you are doing right by swimming! I am a horrible swimmer, but adding that in did help my breathing. I would just get stressed out and my breathing would get out of control!
        Other than adding in swimming, I feel like you may just need to get more fit with running. I know when I take only a week or two weeks off from running, I get really out of breath when I run. I have had an injury for now over 6 months, so I can only imagine how I will be when I run again! I should be running in about a month, so if you check back on my blog, you’ll see how “out of breath” I get! haha
        It takes time, but it will come. Running is hard.
        I was injured once in college for 5 months. I biked, swam and did elliptical. When I ran again, it was AWFUL! Even though I kept “in shape” with the other activities, I was incredibly out of shape with running – including that breathing part.
        Anyways I am ranting, but I can try to help you out more or give you more running stories if you want!
        Keep up the running! You’ll get there!


      2. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who struggles with it. It’s so hard though! I thought after 9 months of consistency I’d be better :) I can’t wait to read some of your stories!


  2. Yeah when you run your body will be about 15 degrees warmer. Not sure where you live, but keep that in mind when winter comes. Don’t want to over dress in the cold months.

    It’s possible your heart rate is spiking due to over training. Do you take days off? And also do you vary your speed from day to day? If you run hard one day, run very easy the next. And it might be because of extreme heat, depending on where you live. Maybe take a short walk break when you heart is pounding.


    1. Thanks for the feedback! I do take days off. I vary my runs. I do speed work days and then slow days. I live in the South so it’s pretty hot and humid right now. I’ve been training outside too. I try to walk when my heart is pounding but I’d like to be able to run a 5k without stopping :)


      1. I live in Atlanta, so I know what the heat feels like. I actually took the whole month of July off to rest up and avoid the heat. Seems crazy but it only took me a few weeks to get back in shape.


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