At least I’m not injured.
That’s what I keep telling myself. What a bizarre week! My body just refused to complete my running workouts last week. So what can you do?
Looking back over my training records, I can see the previous two weeks were a significant jump in intensity and mileage. This was coupled with extra parenting duties (I hardly sat down the week he was gone!), lack of sleep (both girls got sick and kept me up for hours at a time that week multiple nights in a row) and a few emotionally taxing life events.
It was a good reminder that our entire lifestyle affects our well-being… lack of sleep, increased stress, lack of self-care or downtime… it all adds up and eventually catches up to us in some way. Breastfeeding takes a lot of extra nutrients from my body too and I know I need to be extra careful to stay on top of my supplements, sleep and prioritize some down time.
So how do you know if you are seeing signs of over training?
Here are 6 warning signs from your body…
- Feeling exhausted, even after getting enough sleep
- Heavy legs before, during and after runs
- Emotional highs and lows
- Appetite changes
- Lack of motivation for usual workouts
- Easy workouts consistently feel harder than usual
I can say yes to all of these. Oddly, despite the lack of exercise my appetite has been crazy- I think it’s my body looking for energy and muscle repair and it keeps turning to food. By paying attention to your bodies signals and backing off early, you can avoid injury and physical or mental burnout. So that’s what I’m trying to do.
Over the weekend, I finally started to feel everything balancing out and had a decent run on Sunday so hopefully the worst is behind me!
And again, I’m so thankful that I’m not injured. I will be lining up at Boston in three weeks, even if these last weeks of training are not what I planned!
Have you ever experienced signs of over training?
How do you know when you need to slow down?