I was really hoping I could write in about another awesome week of 10K training.
Here’s the thing…
If I match up the puzzle pieces right, it appears I am overtrained. #fail
What makes me believe so:
- I’ve had a cold since Tuesday.
- I woke up with knee pain.
- I had my upper trap worked on twice this week.
- I had difficulty sleeping this week.
M – CrossFit + 1.5 mi. treadmill @ 7:30 + 12 incline sit-ups / 12 burpees / 12 v-ups (2x)
T – Rest Day
W – CrossFit + 3 mi. treadmill @ 8:00 + plank workout
Th – CrossFit + 4 mi. @ 29:15
F – CrossFit
Sa – CrossFit
Su – Rest Day
Looking at my week, it doesn’t impress me. However, if I flip open my orange WOD journal, I’ll be reminded that none of the above was easy or gentle physical activity. I hit it hard every workout.
100 pull-ups, 55# squat cleans, a 165# deadlift PR, 100 push presses, 80 burpees, topped off with Saturday’s ridiculousness seen above… and these are just a random handful of the movements I did this week. It makes sense that my poor body is crying for mercy.
If my whole plan is to make myself stronger, I have to rethink my strategy here. By constantly exercising heavy and hard, my body remains in a catabolic state (breaking down muscle), leaving it no time to build and repair.
As tough as it is accepting rest days, I know it is the better choice for my wellbeing.
It will be a challenge, but I’m planning to discipline myself to only three CrossFit classes this week, in addition to my scheduled runs (dependent on the status of my knee pain and head cold).
Hope you all have a healthy week!
Have you ever encountered symptoms of overtraining?
How frequent are your rest days?