Have you ever been an overtrainer?
I went through a period where I wanted to train and train, and my times got really good and I didn’t want to rest because I was worried I would lose my fitness (in one day yeah!).
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my running and my going to the gym. I have found that now I have relaxed a bit more about it all, and am not stressing about whether I miss a run or whether I am slow – that my running and general well being has improved. I’m still pushing hard and running and doing classes but my attitude is different and I take rest days 🙂
How do you know if you are overtraining?
The way I know now from experience of overtraining now is that:
- I am tired and lethargic all the time and it’s an effort to even get out of bed let alone to get to training
- I find that my running times get slower rather than faster even though I am training hard
- I get very grumpy and irritable. My poor husband cops it, although he knows now to hide and leave me alone!
- I get sick and then sick again and always seem to feel sick and not 100% – I went through a period of training really hard but I would hit a plateau and get sick and get knocked back down again and then have to work to get back to where I was