Runner & Fitness Blogger = One Tough Mother

Overtraining

A few days ago I came across this article.

 

However I already knew that I was in the overtraining stage.  This article re:enforced that fact.

Don’t get me wrong I am enjoying The Asylum however I have been doing some crazy workouts for a really long time and well it was just going to be a matter of time before my body was going to say “seriously stop it I need a rest”.

Yes I have had days where I have been so tired I felt like I slept through a workout, or just gave up halfway through it.

I have also have had days, where I have not given it my 100% or just did it low impact or ‘cheated’.  Really I was only cheating myself.

I have been tired.  Sometimes I have had to take a quick power nap.

Yes I have been allowing recovery weeks, but at the same time I know I have needed to give my body the rest it needs and deserves.

For a while I was l like “but I have tough mudder in a month (19th Jan 2013), and I want to be at my best peak form”.  Well you know what I’ve come to realise now, that I need to do what is best for me.  Yes I still plan on doing tough mudder, but I might not be at my peak fitness.  But holistically I will be fantastic.

Starting back up yoga has really helped.  I really like the holistic side of it.  The breathing I have found it to centre my mind.  I hope that makes sense.  Ok sometimes I get the breathing wrong, breathing in instead of out, or out instead of in, but at least I’m doing it.

I’ve started up Namaste Yoga which makes for a great cool down after a run, or one of my Asylum workouts.  Yes Shaun T recommends you do Relief after each workout, and I like it, but I much prefer the ‘flow’ of namaste yoga, and it goes for the same amount of time.

Today I also purchased “Michelle Merrifield’s Yoga”. I have no idea if it’s going to be any good. But for $8 at BigW you can’t go wrong.  If I don’t like it, well I’ve only lost $8.  Oh and I’ve just discovered she is an Aussie.  Nice.  Yay for supporting the local community. Ok ok ok, so she is not exactly ‘local’ to me.  I mean I’m in country vic, she is in the Gold Cost, that’s like 2000km away…. and now I’m rambling 😛 opps sorry bout that.
Anyway I got the intermediate.  So it could be hard, I have no idea, but it will be different from the current yoga dvd I have now.  Which I think I will get rid of cause it’s just not doing it for me anymore.

So the whole point of this post is to listen to your body.  If it’s telling you you are doing too much, then you are doing too much.  Stop, take a few days off, rest, and recovery.  You need it and you deserve it.

Well I know I do.

Edit:
Ok so I went and watched the dvd so I knew what I was in for.  I like the scene, can’t really get past the aussie accent (is that weird?, I know it shouldn’t be but it just is ok), and well some of the poses are a bit advanced for me.  I will still give it a go, but I will go back and get the beginner one as well.

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