This morning I woke up with a rocking headache.  I sat up in bed and the world tilted.  Last night’s {delicious!} dinner threatened to make a reappearance.  The thought of getting dressed, never mind making breakfast and packing my lunch seemed completely out of the question.

MB opened one eye and asked me if I was OK.  I told him I’m not.  He sighed, rolled over and mumbled, “Lauren, you’re overtrained.”



Per Wikipedia,

Overtraining is a physical, behavioral, and emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual’s exercise exceeds their recovery capacity. They cease making progress, and can even begin to lose strength and fitness. Overtraining is a common problem in weight training, but it can also be experienced by runners and other athletes.

Uh, thanks guys!

Then I googled overtraining, obviously.  Men’s Fitness gave 12 signs of overtraining.  I think I can clearly identify with a third of their trusty signs:

  • Halted progress
  • Decreased motivation
  • Loss of concentration
  • Injury increase

I think the loss of concentration is the thing that’s most evident to me.  This week alone I’ve missed an important conference call with Team Princess, thrown my keys away in the trash instead of putting them in the key bowl and packed the weirdest lunches: a banana, a few pretzels and a spoon — no yogurt or sandwich?

Ok, so I recognize that this is a problem.  Right?  I mean I can’t go into these marathons feeling like dirt.  I’ve worked way too hard AND I’m way too excited to get to the starting line and totally bonk.

I wish I could end this post with a list of things I’m going to do to get over overtraining but I’m literally at a loss and I’ll be honest, a little bit scared.  I do NOT want to stop running.  I do, however, want to sleep more and worry less.  Is this an obvious fix and I’m just in denial?  Have you ever overtrained?  What’s your advice?


6 thoughts on “Overtrained?

  1. Tom says:

    Hey! First of all, thanks for the birthday wishes! I saw your post on overtraining and it got me thinking. Interestingly, I was actually at a lunch lecture on overtraining the other day. As a good doctor I also referenced wikipedia, and I actually have to say that the “treatment” recommendations in wikipedia are pretty much the generally understood steps to take. That being the case, a sports medicine doctor would probably be able to help with this. They see this all the time and can probably give you some more specific suggestions (not to mention they’re the best person to see when it comes to overuse injuries, i.e. IT band syndrome, etc). Either way, I hope you feel better sooner rather than later!

    • lnrbailey says:

      Well since wikiepdia is the source my doctor usually trusts for diagnoses I’m going to stick with that. 🙂 Thank you SO MUCH and see why I’m so happy you were born?!!?

  2. alimaruca says:

    Why not take a day off of running and go to a yoga class, go for a swim or something different that still keeps you moving and gives you a workout but lets your body get a bit of a break? I think all marathoners experience overtraining at some point and it typically is in the final few weeks where you struggle to find the motivation to lace up your sneaks and head out the door. I’m a firm believer in listening to your body and if it’s telling you NOT to run, then heed its cry and try for something else. An evening of mobility, stretching and a hot batch can also help. A break, even in the final stretch of preparation can be a good thing. Good for the mind, good for the soul :-).

  3. Sara @ Embrace My Space says:

    I think, yes, I have. When I was in college I would always get burnt out toward the middle of volleyball season right when the going got tough. For me, the motivation was that there was always an end in sight. Enter adulthood. There is never an end in sight. No end of season, no end of semester, no summer vacation, no spring break, no Christmas break. There are JUST.NO.BREAKS. I think you’ve done a wonderful job being self-motivated throughout this journey and overcoming this horrid never ending cycle that is monotonous adult life by creating fitness-based goals for yourself. Please remember that and be proud of yourself. My advice as a non-runner, so who knows if it’s helpful: Build in those breaks for yourself however hard that may be. Take your races as they come. Mini goals that you accomplish one at a time. Bottom line: you’re doing this because you LOVE it. Don’t let it keep you up at night because of anxiety! You CAN DO IT and you WILL DO IT! And remember to LET IT GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! And, if all else fails, a good ol’ “don’t look at me” attitude for the day is sometimes cathartic – you just better shake that crap off the next day 😉

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