I ended the Runner’s world running streak this week. I’m not injured, but I felt my body accumulating a fatigue that I did not want to tolerate for another few weeks, so I decided to take a complete rest day to give me legs a chance to recover. I made it over two weeks, which is a first for me- I’m impressed with those of you who are still going!
I was back at it yesterday, with an early morning soaking wet run- (you don’t have to work hard in the hot, humid Texas summers to come back with clothes you can literally wring out.)
I really wanted to complete the challenge, but my body said stop. So I did. I don’t want to over-do it. Have you heard of over-training syndrome? It’s a real concern, and it can take more than a day or two to recover from.
Some over-training 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
By paying attention to your bodies signals and backing off early, you can avoid injury and physical or mental burnout.
Have you ever experienced signs of over-training?
Any running plans for the weekend? I’m meeting up with a relatively new running group for nine miles Saturday morning, and brunch afterward to celebrate my running buddy May’s birthday. And of course, Sunday is Father’s Day! Otherwise, it’s a quiet weekend for a change. I’m looking forward to it!