Monday, March 4, 2013

avoiding the "O" experience

Hello friends! I'm back!!
 
 
My blog was down for a day because it was under maintenance. The good news is, I am now the owner of www.erikahuertaruns.com (versus having .blogspot.com). Anywho, getting back to business...
 
 
Today's workout:
14 mile run with hill repeats
 
 
Today I want to talk about the "O" experience. Not that O...
 
 
 
I'm talking about the O that every runner dreads: Over-training!!!
I feel this is an adequate topic today because I rested yesterday from running when I should have done a 14 mile run.
 
I woke up on Sunday at about 4:30 pm (I worked on Saturday night) feeling completely exhausted and tired. I could barely get out of bed. I found that weird because I had slept 8 hours that morning. Well, I suppose there's a little bit more to that... Let's see...
 
Between February 2nd to March 2nd, I ran a total of about 283 miles with no rest days. I also worked full time plus a few days of over-time. I'm pretty sure this was a sign that I needed to rest.
 
For me, the most difficult part of training for a marathon is resting. I love running and pushing my body to extreme limits. While most people hate feeling sore, I find the feeling to be bittersweet. I like it because it means that my body is responding to a new kind of training.
 
According to Runner's World, there are 10 signs to look for when it's time to rest:
 
1. Your body mass drops from one day to the next
 
2. Your resting heart rate is higher than usual
 
3. You're not sleeping well or enough
 
4. Your pee is dark yellow, which means you're dehydrated
 
5. You're feeling tired and sluggish
 
6. You're cranky, irritable or anxious (it's not PMS ladies!!!)
 
7. You get sick with a cold
 
8. Your body feels sore
 
9. Lower O2 (oxygen) in your blood
 
10. Poor performance in your runs
 
 
 Count the red flags and take a break my friends, I know I will!!
 
 
Have you ever felt this way? What were your red flags?
 

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