When do I know that I have reached the point of over racing?
The signs will vary. However, the biggest red flag occurs when my breathing is fine but my legs refuse to go any faster.
I know it is time to drop every stressful workout from my schedule and just put in some nice aerobic miles. The recovery time also varies. There are times when I bounce back in a couple of weeks. Other times, the bounce back takes 4 to 8 weeks. I have even gone on recovery periods for 3 or 4 months.
I know when I am ready to return to something much harder when I start to feel eager to run again.
This summer I would head out for a run and it would take me 15 to 20 minutes before I made the first stride. I push through it because I had a full load of races that I had registered to run. But in the back of my mind, it nagged at me. I would run as hard as I could but I was not sure that I was giving my best. I was not preparing myself properly.
This is a struggle we all face in Carolinas. The weather is ideal pretty much year round so there are a plethora of races.
The desire to race can overrule the common sense logic that a training run might be better for me than a race.
Sharing one thought at time,
The Cool Down Runner