My poor Lola pup is getting no love……
But don’t worry, the patient is doing well :P
This morning I got to the gym nice and early, clearly I was thrilled…
The past 2 days I ran on the treadmill and read a magazine at the same time….it made the time and miles fly by. Today I did an easy 4 miles. I was feeling pretty tired before I ran but once I got moving I felt better. Dunkin’ also helped the cause.
After I ran I treated myself to a bagel. Yes, an entire bagel with wayyyy too much delicious cream cheese. MMmm.
I keep saying that I am burnt out or overtraining or something of the sort. And for some people, they may not believe that. But the truth is, I am.
I am having a hard time listening to my body and accepting that I need a break. Since January I have been busting my butt. I ran my heart out and was on a consistent run/lifting schedule. I definitely saw results from my hard work, which is awesome, but I went too hard for too long.
In this months Oxygen Magazine there was a long article about overtraining.
There were some things in the article that REALLY surprised me.
Overtraining can affect you not only physically but also psychologically. Some signs of overtraining are:
-Irritable, moody or cranky
-anxiety or depression
-sleep patterns change, such as having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep
I am experiencing a bunch of these. The sleeplessness, depression and increased fatigue are the signs that really got me to realize I needed to take a step back and chill out for a bit.
I talked to a running coach… a real life PROFESSIONAL running coach. He told me to keep running as often as I have been but just cut the mileage down. He also said I can keep up with my beloved cross fit (i am trying to keep it to 3 days a week) which made me tinkle with excitement #tmi
SO… that is what I am doing. Running a bunch during the week just shorter runs and kicking butt in cross fit. Lets hope this plan works out. I have a marathon to start training for soon!