20 Sep '12, 10pm

Avoid common overtraining traps by paying attention to your body's warning signs. Here's how:

Avoid common overtraining traps by paying attention to your body's warning signs. Here's how:

Consistent training helps a runner lose weight , get in shape, and gear up for a race. But it's possible to have too much of a good thing, whether you're logging 80 miles a week or 18. "The problem isn't a matter of too much training but of too little rest," says John Raglin, Ph.D., who's studied overtraining for more than two decades. "It's a syndrome, with a constellation of symptoms that occur at different frequencies in different people." Early signs of overtraining include loss of energy and frequent fatigue. A runner's legs also might feel heavy and tired, even after a day off. Anxiety and irritability are other indicators. And at the extreme—but not uncommon—end, a runner who blasts through all the warning signals may wind up sick or even depressed. "When athletes start to see their performance slide, they often panic and train more," says Raglin. "They do exactly w...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7120,s6-238-267--14...

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