I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, but that also means I have been out enjoying the summer and time away from my computer…so that is kind of a win!
One non-win was my realization today that I think I am entering the zone of overtraining. Last week I did an 18 miler before the weekend, which went pretty well, but my runs after that have not been stellar. I did two short runs Tuesday and Wednesday before spin, both of which felt terrible. And then today I headed out for a 10 miler with 6 at tempo pace and felt like I had been hit by a truck! I could barely hold the tempo pace, and stopped after 8 miles completely worn out.
In some of the podcasts/running blogs I follow I have heard a lot about overtraining fatigue and I think I am on the brink of that. I have not taken a week off from running since after the Houston Marathon in January and my foot has been hurting me since December 2015! Running is something I love so much and I have a lot of ambitious goals ahead, but I know that I will not get there unless I give my body and mind a break. I also do not want running to become something I dread instead of one of the things that brings me joy and confidence and peace.
This weekend I am running the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon in Portland, ME and while I don’t want to back out I am planning to go in with no expectations. If I tank and run super slow, that’s fine…I just want to have fun at the event with my friends. But regardless, I am taking a full week off starting this coming Sunday. I’ll focus on cross-training with spin, yoga, weights, and hikes. And if I need more than a week, I’m going to give myself permission to take that. It’s so hard to listen to your body sometimes, especially when you see others running more than you or putting up better times. But like all good things in life a long-term view is better than a short-term focus.
On the bright side, Lola completely supports my decision to take a short break from running. Unless there is a ball or treat Lola does not feel the need to move quickly…especially in this heat!
I’ll be sharing a recap of the race this weekend, good or bad. And look out for some non-running workouts next week!
Has anyone dealt with overtraining? How did you recover to get your body and mind in a good place for future races?