This is the period during marathon training when runners enter their peak workout periods. The runs are at their longest, strength training is just about over, and speed work begins. Runners are also challenged with managing their full-time jobs, finding social balance, and cross training. As the marathon draws closers, many runners ask themselves if they are training enough, too much, or not enough.
Running fills the body with endorphins, igniting the body and the mind. The feeling is a glow of energy. If runners aren’t careful, they can easily suffer from overtraining. Put trust in the training program. Know that it’s ok to miss one or two workouts. The first goal is to arrive at the start-line on race day healthy and injury free.
Overtraining is dangerous. It puts long distance runners at risk of injury and getting sick, especially during peak training.
Here are some common signs of overtraining:
- Feeling of being tired and fatigued throughout the day
- Muscle aches and pains
- Sudden weight loss
- Trouble concentrating
- Low sex drive
- Colds or flu
- Trouble relaxing
The best way to overcome overtraining is to take a day or two off running, drink plenty of water, eat well balanced meals, and get extra sleep at night.