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Afraid of Burning Out

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I tried my hardest to take a rest day. Well okay that's not entirely true I had all intentions of exercising but on and easier level. I joined the exercise for 10 minutes a day challenge and am on a team challenge to use the Kinect for 20 minutes per day. So I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone by using the Kinect Your Shape Fitness Evolved for 20 minutes. Well that turned into 30 minutes and 100 calories burned. I could have stuck with playing the gym games or even doing the Zen classes for 20 minutes but no I had to do aerobics and kickboxing. Okay let me tell you this is the first time I've tried kickboxing and I loved it. I'm thinking that I will be doing the Kickboxing more often. Anyway I feel great but my legs are of course tired. I can't think of any cardio exercises that don't use legs and my poor little legs just aren't getting any rest. I just can't stop from exercising. Then I start reading about running which is a passion even though I'm a beginner. I totally love it and can't wait to be able to run a 5K. Anyway I start reading about that and losing weight and I read that I should run in the mornings then do other exercise at night. Okay fine by me sounds awesome. The problem with all of this is I'm afraid of injuring myself or getting tired of exercising or something else that may stop me from reaching my goals.

Now lets get one thing straight other than having very tired legs I feel great. I am not hurting anywhere, have no soreness in any muscle group, and in no other way feel like I'm overdoing it. The only thing is that my legs feel like Jello a lot especially while working out. Maybe this is how my legs are supposed to feel since I'm actually using them. Maybe I'm just being paranoid. I want to work out everyday but I dont' want to go to far and burn out. Every time I'm running or exercising I can't help but visualize my future thin, tone, healthy body which is usually dressed in running tank and shorts running in a race. This is what I see and even though I'm tired and sweating I just keep going. I don't know am I being paranoid? Am I doing too much too soon? Or am I supposed to be feeling some tired muscles that are working and building and strengthening? emoticon
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    I think you are pushing too hard. Your legs should not be feeling like jello all the time. They need a rest. Run if you must tomorrow, but on Wednesday don't do any leg exercise. Do upper body if you would like.
    3044 days ago
    Oh my goodness--you're on a roll! It does sound like you're pushing pretty hard in your eagerness to make progress. Maybe it's time to make yourself take an easy day - walking, a little yoga or stretching. If your legs feel better after having a little break, you'll know that's what your body needed. Personally, I find that when I'm making myself push and push, especially when my body is telling me it needs a break (legs to Lunatiff!, I do tend to burn out.

    The leg Jello thing is worrying if it's happening sometimes when you're not exercising. Are you definitely getting enough food and the right nutrients and plenty of water to support all your effort?

    Good for you for keeping the vision of your future self in mind to keep you motived! emoticon I'm sure you and your body will come to a happy compromise soon and work healthfully toward running that marathon!
    3044 days ago
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