Well, duh! *slaps head*

For the last few weeks I have had my "typical" chronic insomnia issues even more than usual (thank the deities for Ambien!)...it's taking me progressively longer to fall asleep (even though I am DEAD tired), then I have a hard time sleeping-in when I have the opportunity and often feel like my body and mind are racing...that whole "running on fumes" sensation.  It's kind of a vicious cycle.

I've also felt pretty unmotivated to get my workouts in for the last 2 weeks or so, even though the weather has been outstanding for running.  I blamed the lax attitude on the exhaustion, but it probably goes a lot deeper than that.

Yesterday my right knee pained me more than it has in months...hello, overtraining!  Pfitz says:
The symptoms of overtraining vary between runners. Frequently reported symptoms include: trouble sleeping, frequent colds, increased resting heart rate, weight loss, impaired racing and training times, slow recovery from training, and a loss of enthusiasm for running (and most other things). You may have any combination of these symptoms, as well as others.
Under normal training loads, running has small, short-term effects on immune function, but overtraining can lead to general immune system suppression, resulting in increased susceptibility to infections, and decreased ability to fight off infections. In female athletes, overtraining may also be associated with amenorrhea.
Although the causes of overtraining are not well understood, many cases of overtraining are believed to be due to overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. This stimulation is a result of all the stresses in your life, including training, sleep deprivation, nutritional deficits, job stress, family stress, etc. Chronic sympathetic stimulation leads to increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline and the feeling that your mind and body are stuck on-leaving you unable to fully relax or to perform at your best.

I think I'm lucky I haven't gotten sick, especially since DH had a mild cold last week and I am so prone to sinus issues--especially during allergy seasons (like right now).

That nutritional deficits thing is funny, though...what, candy and fast food aren't nutritious?!  According to whom...? ;)

And why can't I get amenorrhea--that would rock!  I've also read that overtraining can lead to weight loss...sure, the two POSITIVE symptoms seem to be missing from my laundry list of effects. :p

Seriously, though, taper could not have come at a better time.  I hope that my short-and-easy workouts for the rest of this week and all of next week really go a long way towards leaving me rested and refreshed, instead of feeling like I've been on the losing end of a few rounds in the ring.  Part of me thinks that cutting my 3 miler this Sat. might be a good thing, too (especially since I have a feeling I'll be too apt to turn it into a "5k race").  It won't make a huge difference on my overall mileage for the week, but it WILL keep me from having 4 back-to-back workouts and will allow my body an extra full rest day.  I'll play it by ear as that date approaches.  The last thing I need now is to get sick in the last week before the race.


  1. yeah, getting sick right before the race would suck.

    Try to enjoy your taper. Maybe you'll get some sleep!

  2. Yeah...last night I slept a bit better and felt less of that feeling of needing to crawl out of my own skin, so that's a step in the right direction!