Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O Is For...Over Training

OVER TRAINING is when you over do it and end up injured or suffering from exhaustion.  Of course, this is just my own definition of it.  Be aware, this post is really written for the runners out there, so if you don't run I will understand if you do a quick adios amigos and run (pun intended) for the hills.

ACCORDING  to Wikipedia Over training is a physical, behavioral, and emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual's exercise exceeds their recovery capacity.  Apparently over training is a common problem among weight trainers, runners and other athletes.

SPEAKING from personal experience, I've over trained a few times and last year sustained a horrible summer stealing painful son of a biscuit eating dog pelvic stress fracture because of it.  I am healed now and running again, but let me tell you, it was NOT worth it.  I ran too often, never ran on soft surfaces, and hardly ever added in any cross training...oh and I never really stretched.  No wonder I got hurt, well that and my critically low vitamin D levels that did not allow all the calcium in my body to actually strengthen my bones, but let's not go to far into all that mumbo jumbo.

THE moral of this story is take it slow and don't increase your mileage too fast (for the runners out there) and remember to stretch, stretch, stretch...and then stretch some more. Don't just run on concrete, get out there on some trails and enjoy nature at it's finest.  Not that I ever get to run the trails...I must confess, where I live there is nature in it's abundance so I don't have to go too far from my front door to enjoy it.


  1. Have you ever experienced over training?
  2. If so, were you injured?
  3. Why are parkways places you drive and driveways places you park? 
  4. Have you smiled today?
  5. Do you know any son of a biscuit eating dogs?  

Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck. 

 "Limitations only exist if you let them" 

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18 comments:

  1. Yes. In nov 2011 in trying to pr in a half I ran 3 halfs. I did not pr because I was too tired to run. Yes overstrained.

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    1. Wow, crazy...thanks sweetie for stopping by!

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  2. Can you repeat question #3?...ha. Unfortunately, I don't think I've ever pushed the envelope for overtraining. I think I'm much more guilty of the opposite.

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    1. Ha, ha ha...Sometimes I am guilty of both bud!

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  3. Overuse is definitely something to watch for! Great post! I've injured my ITBand in the past but I think it was more because of the way I trained, not from overtraining if that makes sense..

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    1. That makes total sense, Karen! Blessings and thanks for coming by!

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  4. Under-stretching is the main cause of injuries. I spend time stretching before and after.

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    1. Alex I am so bad when it comes to stretching...lol

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  5. This is why I'm the world's slowest runner :)

    Although I do tend to over train if I'm not constantly watching myself. Go Go Go! I hear those darn words in my head.

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    1. Hey at least your running, it doesn't matter how fast it is!

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  6. Bear is constantly under-training. Which works just fine for me. (Actually, it doesn't but that's another story.)

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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  7. Overtraining. Guilty on all accounts- running, cross training, lifting weights, breathing. You're right, it's not worth it. It's painful and suspends progress. Matching up your expectations/desires with what your body is capable of is key. I would like to be out there running all day but my body says no. I'm learning to listen!

    I love trail running!

    Great post for O! :)

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    1. I am learning to listen as well Lexie...and I have yet to try trail running, but would love to do it soon!

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  8. Tis easy to not ease in to things. I am not a runner, but I can relate it to gardening. The need to not go out and garden for hours the first nice day in spring.

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    1. Yes that too Stratoz...gardening is a great form of exercise as well!

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  9. Tis easy to not ease in to things. I am not a runner, but I can relate it to gardening. The need to not go out and garden for hours the first nice day in spring.

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  10. Tis easy to not ease in to things. I am not a runner, but I can relate it to gardening. The need to not go out and garden for hours the first nice day in spring.

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I'm so happy you stopped by...can't wait to hear all you've got to say! Blessings and hugs!

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