How do I know if I’m overtraining?
AYou need to stress your body to improve, but there is a fine line between working hard enough and training too hard. “An exhausted body and mind cannot respond effectively to the everyday stresses you place on them and so you start to suffer, both physically and psychologically,” explains Rachel Sheldrake. Signs of overtraining to keep an eye out for are: Feeling increasingly fatigued and sluggish Your running performance getting rapidly worse, despite all your training Your legs feeling heavy while running An overuse injury, such as runner’s knee or shin splints Sleeping more than usual or insomnia creeping in Your resting heart rate reading as higher than normal in the mornings Becoming increasingly susceptible to illness, such as infections, swollen glands and headaches Losing your appetite and/ or losing weight rapidly. You may have diarrhoea, too If you are a woman, your periods stopping Rachel adds: “Psychologically, look out for: losing your enthusiasm for running; feeling more anxious or depressed than normal; or a reduction in libido.” These are all signs you might be overdoing it. If so, cut back your training, or take a complete rest until you feel raring to go again.
Cut back, or take a complete rest, if you feel you’re pushing too hard