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Monday, January 17, 2011

The case of a tired and depressed marathon runner

"Last year I ran new P.b.s at both the marathon 2.47 and half 1.18 yet never felt really good all year, wanting to sleep a lot, feeling depressed and tired.
I followed a very good training programme last year, but deep down I feel I’m still way off my best health.
I will be 50 in March, I’ve noticed my max heart rate is down to 143 max.
At 29 years old I could reach 185."
"R"
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Gary:
This is the pattern of "adrenal burnout" that we see in athletes post-competition.  After the excitement and extreme exertion of the event, the athlete may fall into the depths of post-competition blues.  This is when athletes suffer chronic loss of motivation and form.  Retirement often follows.  Burnout is not the exclusive domain of athletes.  In my experience, many men and women hit "burnout" at about 50 years of age.  Whether it is the stress of a high pressure job, relationship problems, health scares or running one marathon too many, the adrenals react the same: Exhaustion!

Adrenal exhaustion often hits the person after the event - not necessarily during.  So, once the pressure is taken off, the swollen, stressed adrenals literally lie down in an exhausted state.  Adrenal exhaustion may lead to post trauma stress syndrome, chronic fatigue, depression, loss of libido, fainting weight gain, and many serious health issues such as psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's, heart attack, stroke, chronic viruses, Chrohn's, IBS, allergies, diabetes and cancer.  Serious illnesses such as cancer are often preceded by major life stresses 1-2 years prior to onset.

The chronic fatigue and low heart rate are indicative of low adrenal and thyroid function.  I mentioned in an earlier article how my own adrenal exhaustion caused my maximum heart rate to drop to a miserable 110 BPM!  Medical tests, at the time showed dangerously low levels of cortisol, bordering on Addison's Disease.  At 50 years of age I was toast.  Corrective measures were taken and MHR today is about 178 BPM and rising.

While you would undoubtedly benefit from doing a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, I would not waste any time with taking corrective measures.  This consists of taking three adrenal recovery and support supplements, plus Himalayan Sea Salt and whey protein several times a day for between 4-8 weeks and then ongoing at a lesser dosage. (The adrenal supplements are "prescription only" and not advertised).

I can send the adrenal supplements, along with the forms for the hair analysis, anywhere in the world; but it is best to source the salt and whey where you live, due to their weight and bulk.

Once you have the results of the hair analysis, the diet, supplements, training and lifestyle advice will be adjusted accordingly.

In the meantime, stick to mostly light running and occasionally test your maximum heart rate and record.  If you are on the road to recovery you will note a gradual increase in MHR over several months as well as being able to exercise steady at a higher sustained heart rate.


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