by Coach Stephanie Atwood
The gradual increase of your long distance workouts should create confidence and an easy transition from one week to the next. If you are feeling overly tired or dragging your tail, give yourself a break! This may be your body telling you that you are over training.
How can you tell? Here are a few signals:
- Take your morning, resting pulse. Is it normal or elevated?
- Do you feel tired even after sleeping?
- Do your legs and body still feel heavy after a 5 – 10 minute warm-up?
If your pulse is higher than normal; if your feeling tired even after sleeping; if you can’t seem to get into a rhythm with your workout but feel sluggish and HEAVY, you may be over training.
- Are you working out every day?
- Are you running every day or 6 out of 7 days a week?
- Are you getting injured?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, you may be over training.
What to do about this? Initially, give yourself a few days off. Recovery is an essential part of training. You may need more recovery time that you’ve allowed.
Eat wise, sleep well, stop being obsessive about your training for 3 days or so (in a row) and see if this helps. It’s possible that it will do the trick and you can get back into the final weeks of training refreshed and with confidence.\
This excerpt was taken from an earlier article about training for a half marathon, also written by Stephanie Atwood.