Overtraining: Running Too Much

cropped-cross-country_1As the weather starts to warm up, so do the level of the workouts. While you may spend the spring performing your workouts on the treadmill and with your gym’s hand weights, as we get closer to summer nicer temperatures allow you to work on your shape using nature’s obstacles. Because of the semi-winter hibernation you’ve put your body in, you must ramp up the workouts and not go full out right away. You risk damaging your body and overtraining.

It can’t be said enough, but overtraining is dangerous. If you feel the following symptoms, it’s best to slow down or take breaks with full days off. You should really be cognizant of this, especially as racing season approaches.

Constant soreness. Sure, the first couple of workouts back may make the muscles full of lactic acid, but soreness goes away after a few days. Chronic soreness, however, is your body’s inability to repair lactic acid buildup because of the increased workout volume. You need to stop and let your body fully heal.

No appetite. When you start going for longer runs and maybe hitting the trails after work, you’ll notice you’re hungrier. This is normal as you burn more calories. Not having an appetite when working out is not. Too much exercise actually makes your body constantly restless and unable to process foods properly; thus, making your appetite disappear.

Your heart races. When you’re under stress, from work or a school, you’ll notice your heart working overtime. Imagine if that was happening all the time. That is the case with overtraining; your heart is stressed from working at an elevated level too often.

You’re too tired to continue with training. If you take a couple of days off and still feel an excessive amount of fatigue, it’s a result of increased cortisol levels. Your body won’t maintain a good immune system, making you more likely to get sick. It’s best if you just do short 30-minute workouts for a while until you start to get your energy back.
Happy training!