My training plan for the Thunder Road Marathon has Tuesdays and Thursdays as rest days throughout the entire 20 weeks (Sundays as well after this week). I like the flexibility of being able to make one or both of those a cross training day as it suits me each week. I also like the flexibility of being able to take both days as a rest day as needed, which is exactly what I’m doing this week.
I’ve been mentioning over the past few days how tired I have been feeling. During my long run on Saturday in addition to the fatigue from running I actually felt like I could just lay down on the side of the trail and take a nap. It makes sense since I hit a new personal weekly mileage high of 30 miles last week, and I ran 25 miles total from Friday-Monday. But at the same time I keep feeling like that’s not really that much. Either way, I am listening to my body and it said to take a rest day yesterday. I am feeling a bit better this morning (albeit still fighting a stuffy nose).
At this point, I am still planning on running all of my miles as scheduled this week (34 miles total when all is said and done). It definitely seems like when you train for a marathon, particularly your first, you walk a fine line between pushing yourself to new levels and over-training. Deb at Deb Runs recently wrote about over-training, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I venture into new territory. Here is a poster she created that lists the common signs of over-training, in case you are also walking the line:
So far I do not think I have crossed into over-training territory. Deb has reminded me that it’s a fine line. You have to pay close attention to how you’re feeling, but at the same time you don’t want to baby yourself. There’s certainly going to be a certain level of tiredness as my body adapts and I push it further than I ever have before. Hopefully I will continue to walk the line, but never actually cross it.
Oh, you thought I was going to title this “I walk the line” and not have a picture of Johnny Cash?? How could I not?
United we stand.
How do you tell the difference from training hard and over training?