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Heat and overtraining

Monday, January 21, 2013

I have been really tired and sluggish lately. My runs are really challenging, my legs just feel tired and a bit useless. Not all of them and not the entire run but more than I'd like. I'd really like to crack 2 hours for this half I'm training for in March but I'm really unsure whether I'm on pace for that. My pace during most of my runs would make me think not but it is HOT here. Even at 430-5am when I've been starting my runs it is in the high 80s to 90s with high humidity. I'm finding it hard to know if my slower pace is due to the heat or just due to not being as fast as I'd like.

Another reason I'm contemplating is not fueling well. I used to get up, have an energy bar and do my long run. With shorter runs I would just get up and go. Lately my stomach has been really grumbly on my runs. So I stopped having the energy bar but I was finding myself really hungry while running. I've tried some fruit chews but that hasn't really helped. I'm thinking I might should try some real food. I think part of it is getting up at 4am for runs. In the past I'd usually get up at 5am to run but it is too hot at the moment. I think my stomach must still be in sleep mode at 430am. Anyway I think I might not be fueled sufficiently for these runs which might be slowing me down. Not sure how to fuel well and not have my stomach feel gross. I suppose I will keep experimenting until it cools down.

What I'm most worried about is that I'm overtraining. I don't think I've ever really done that before. I'm pretty good at pushing it to the edge but not over. However working both indoors and outdoors and doing a somewhat physically demanding job on top of my training may be pushing it towards doing too much. I have been sore and just drained feeling far too often for my liking. While I'd like to back off at work that isn't really an option. My boss just left fora 2 week holiday and I'm expected to cover most, if not all, the large animal work until he's back. I'm not enjoying it.

On friday we had 5 horse surgeries. It was 95F outside and we were doing surgeries in a uninsulated, unairconditioned shed. God knows how hot it was in there. Thank god for the fans. I got up at 4am and went for my run and then met my coworker at 630am and we had the first horse on the table at 830am. I finished when the last horse walked out at about 510pm. It was a long, hot, unpleasant day. There's no break for lunch, I eat while I'm walking around doing other stuff. Since I do the anaesthetics there isn't a break between surgeries. I'm busy getting the next one ready. All the surgeries went well and I'm happy for that. I also plan to take an extra 2 hours off at some point this week but I'm not entirely sure I'm recovered.

On friday night I fell asleep at 8pm and woke up on saturday still feeling a bit unwell. My hands and feet felt swollen and I was sore. I took a rest day saturday and just ran 10k on sunday. I'm taking another rest day today and hopefully can avoid any work that is too physically taxing.

I guess I'm wondering where I should try taking a step back. Or if I should push through. I have certainately not felt like I'm going to injure myself. Hopefully a 3 day weekend with Australia Day will be enough to feel a bit better!
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  • DIANN111
    Wow! I'm exhausted just thinking about all you are doing! Just kidding. I think you are doing amazing!!! I don't have any words of wisdom or advice. I am in awe of you being at the point in your fitness goals that you have to worry about over training and what to eat and when. I know you have worked hard to get to where you are and you will figure it out. Have a great week!
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    1368 days ago
    You really sound like you are pushing yourself HARD, perhaps a bit too hard. If you are questioning yourself about it, I would say you are over doing it. Take a breath and a step back to re-evaluate would be my suggestion.
    1368 days ago
    Definitely sounds like you are doing too much! Maybe back off on the long runs for a little? Esp since you are working so hard. Isn't the running supposed to be fun?

    Not sure what to tell you about the eating...I can't eat b4 I work out. Maybe eat something right b4 bed?

    I'm sure you'll figure it out. Good luck!!!!
    1368 days ago
    If you can take a break, you probably should. It makes me tired just to hear about your life.

    I am a dietitian so I think food fixes more than it does...I agree your stomach is probably still sluggish at that hour of the morning. I was eating a low fiber cereal before long runs and that trick worked for me. Maybe you could experiment with even eating something a few hours before you get up? I read a book called Endurance Sports Nutrition when I was training, it was by a dietitian named Suzanne Eberle. It was a good read.

    I am unfortunately not surprised you don't get to eat at work...I work with liver transplant surgeons and am disappointed they don't get to take food breaks. Maybe I can invent a tube feed system that can feed surgeons during the long hauls?! I can't live without my snacks and lunch, you are a trooper for pushing through a grueling work day!
    1368 days ago
  • CRISSA1669
    Hey friend!! It's so crazy to hear how hot it is there when it is so cold here...nevertheless you and I both are challenged. It sounds like you are stretched way too what you can...don't forget to drink your water...I hope you feel better during your long weekend!! Hang in there:)
    1368 days ago
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