How runners can avoid overtraining

Symptoms of Running Too Much

Beginning runners may not be aware that too much too soon can be counterproductive; in learning why it is important to avoid overtraining, runners may have a better chance to remain motivaed and injury free. Many ambitious runners may push themselves too hard, too fast – especially when training for a marathon or specific event. Overtraining is not exclusive to treadmills however… the injuries are musculoskeletal, and can occur when you do more than your body is used to. If you suddenly increase your running intensity, you might experience symptoms of overtraining such as:

  • Increased resting heart rate
  • Lack of appetite or nausea
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Prone to sickness
  • Fatigue throughout the day
  • Unusual muscle soreness
  • Decreased strength and endurance

Overtraining injuries in runners will not only interfere with an upcoming event or goal – they can lead to rehabilitation and lengthy recovery time. You can push yourself while staying healthy by altering your intensity over an appropriate amount of time, and by paying attention to your body.

Testing Your Limits

Testing your limits (especially at first) should be a scheduled process. Start slowly, with a few sessions per week, and walk instead of run.  An easy way to keep your overambitious inner athlete in check? Check out this list of 15 iOS and Android apps for Runners that can help.  These apps can keep you on the straight and narrow, while keeping you motivated along the way.

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