Saturday, July 11, 2009

Blades on the Flats for Ten

Fast Track book lists the following overtraining symptons:
  • Slower running times - well, yeah I've got that
  • Insomnia - only once
  • Fatigue - yep
  • Achy joints - yes
  • Lack of motivation - it's like it hits every July
  • Frequent cold or flu - none
  • lack of energy - shows by not doing push-ups and sit-ups
  • Poor recovery after workouts - yesterday's ten miler
  • Poor concentration - at times
  • Headaches - mild if at any
  • General lethargy - plenty of
  • Chronic injuries that won't heal - overstretched glute slow to recover

First solution listed is to take a week off from running. I'll do it as the Baystate Marathon is now 99 days out and this cycle needs to break to get some quality training. In years past the pace and mileage would drop only to pick up around September.

Training: inline skating on the Bowker Flats for ten miles in ~60 minutes


  1. Good list. We should all post it on the wall where the running gear is stored.

  2. Crikey! Is it really this bad? I've never had more than 2 or 3 on the list all at once. Btter take care, mate.

  3. Hey Mark, read it and believe it!!!!
    'Bowker' flats, thats kind of interesting, my step fathers surname was Bowker!
    Yeah Mark start reading about over training and your catch it like that piggy flu,
    read about guys winning races and running a 100 miles a week and your be fine in no time at all!

  4. Great list! You only need to cross off a few and things will be turn around. Good luck!