My alarm rang this morning at 6:30AM and I immediately knew my scheduled run was not happening. I could barely breathe through one nostril and my head felt like it was filled with bricks. Or water. Either way, I knew the cold symptoms I was still battling with had yet to disappear.
Armed with plenty of tea in hand and the option of working from home, I felt better over the course of the morning. Of course, the sun was shining outside and for whatever reason birds were chirping (shouldn’t they have flown South for the winter?), but I didn’t give in to my temptation to go running.
While shuffling around in my kitchen in fuzzy socks in place of running shoes, I started seriously thinking about overtraining. This has been floating around in my mind for the past three weeks and I finally decided to confront it. According to various websites, some of the most common symptoms of overtraining are:
1.) Elevated resting heart rate
3.) Susceptibility to sickness
4.) Disturbed sleep patterns
5.) Aches / pains / injuries
6.) Inability to complete regular workouts at required performance
While I’m not about to go and monitor my resting heart rate for the next few days, I can say that I’ve been struck with #2, #3, #5, and #6 over the course of the past three weeks. I don’t attribute my cold to overtraining (my visitor two weekends ago was sick and I definitely caught it then) but I’ve noticed a sudden shift in my overall mood. I’m much more irritable and inpatient these days to such an extent that even my family noticed.
Regardless, this never-ending flu is poorly timed but it is forcing me to take a much-needed rest day. All the runners out there (or basically anyone training for something) knows how hard it is to skip a training day. Not to mention, my race is a mere five days away making this complacency even tougher. Of course I logically understand that skipping one of my short runs will likely do more good than harm, but the nagging concern is still there.
December 1st was oddly a turning point for me. I’ve been toying with the idea of joining a gym ~~pause for your shock to settle in~~ and finally decided to take the plunge. So I haven’t actually registered yet but plan on doing so this Thursday. In the meantime, I have a 3-day pass to test out the gym so guess who’s going to her first yoga class tonight?
I know right?!? I haven’t been part of a gym for a decade because I’m not into any sort of exercise apart from running. However, I’ve come to terms with the fact that in order to improve my running (and cure some of these nagging pains) I need to add cross-training into my life. The best part is that the initiation fee ($350!!!) is waved with our company corporate rate and there is no yearly contract…I can just pay month-to-month!
Going forward, I plan to incorporate cross-training into my routine about three times a week. Yoga will be my primary focus and cycling a secondary supplement. I’m also so excited to try all the other classes offered! Luckily, this gym is minutes from my apartment so I’ll have no excuses to skip out on going.
Have you ever struggled with over-training? How did you deal with it?
Have you ever skipped training runs? Did it affect your race-day performance?
Are you part of a gym? Do you find it to be worth the money?