Rest Week 2.0

Let’s talk about overtraining.  My run on Sunday was so bad I’m not further depress myself by writing a description.  Suffice it to say that it was painful, frustrating, and short.  If I had any lingering doubts whether I was overtrained, they were all laid to rest yesterday.  I have no one to blame but myself—I saw this coming weeks ago and I chose to largely ignore it.  I’m now left with no choice but to take some time off this week and hope that I’ll be sufficiently recovered for my last 20-miler next weekend.  Coming to that realization was actually a bit of a relief.  As evidenced by my posts the last few weeks, I’ve been cranky, tired, and struggling with my workouts.  Last week I actually entertained skipping a night just because I didn’t really feel like running, which is pretty much unheard of for me.  I can’t remember the last time that I just didn’t want to run. 

 I’m recommitting myself this week to getting lots of sleep.  I haven’t been sleeping that well lately, but it seems no matter how much sleep I get, I’m still tired.  I’ve also been insanely hungry lately, and I’ve decided that this week will be high-protein, high-fat, and as much of both as I want.  I’m nervous about taking time off in what should have been the peak of my training, but I can’t come up with any alternatives.  I was able to do the 20 last week without much trouble, so I know that the fitness is there.  Assuming I feel up to it, I plan to hit the speedwork hard during the taper.  I’ve also been reminding myself that this is my first full marathon and there’s no point in stressing about a time goal, particularly if it’s putting my training in jeopardy.  In the mean time, I’m going to focus on visualization this week and trying to get back into things mentally.  With a few days off from running, I might even have time to clean my apartment.

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