31 Jul '17, 5pm

How stress impacts performance.

Jayne Perkins, 42, of Alexandria, Lousiana, never had a major setback. Then, while training for her 10th trail marathon, she developed a persistent case of plantar fasciitis. It was taking her longer than usual to recover from long runs and interval workouts. Each day of persistent pain and missed workouts eroded her hope of being ready for the marathon in time. She didn’t believe her issues were symptoms of overtraining, because she wasn’t running much more than she had for previous marathons. What was different were her stress levels at work. Longer hours, greater demands and more projects had been taking their toll. She’d been eating lunch at her desk and waking in the middle of the night, head spinning with deadlines and details. Jayne recalled an article she’d read about the impact stress can have on the body and suddenly it clicked: her mounting job pressure, combine...

Full article: http://trailrunnermag.com/training/stressed-stress-impact...

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