How To Know If You Are Running Too Much
Signs Of Running Too Much
Like with everything in life, too much of a good thing can be bad and while some might argue this point – there definitely is such a thing as “overtraining”. Running more than your body can handle can lead to exhaustion and even injury. This means that a part of your running journey is to ensure that you are not being too hard on yourself.
When you are pushing yourself to the extremes, then your body will give you warning signs indicating that it’s battling to keep up with your momentum. These signs can come in the form of aches, pains, muscle cramps or they can be less obvious and can be experienced as the following:
1. You’re Tired but You Just Can’t Fall Asleep
If you train heavily, then it’s normal to feel tired after a hard day of work and exercise. For most, this is always followed by a night of deep and invigorating sleep. If counting sheep doesn’t carry you off to dreamland, however, and you find yourself restlessly tossing and turning even though you know you are tired – then your body might be telling you that it cannot handle the level of stress it is under.
Running too much can lead to insomnia because when you train, your body releases more hormones than usual. It does this to keep up with the high-intensity workout. When you take training to the extremes, the levels of hormones can become chronic and they tend to then interfere with the production of hormones and proteins in the brain – often tackling the ones that help you to attain quality sleep.
2. You Get Sick Easily
When you push too hard then you have to understand that your body will strain under pressure. Often, your immune system is the first to take a hit and you will be more susceptible to colds and flu viruses.
If you find yourself getting sick all the time, this may be a sign that you need to tone down your training just a notch – or at least until your body has conditioned itself to that level of intense exercise. A multi-vitamin will help to keep your immune system in good order and if you do feel queasy or lightheaded, then rest is always best!
3. There’s An Increase In Your Resting Heart Rate
If your body is in a state of stress (often caused by overwhelming workouts) then your resting heart rate could be higher than normal. This is nothing to worry about unless it’s constantly in this mode, then heart trouble could be in the cards.
When you work out too much, then your body can forget how to “slow down” again. This could leave your heart on overdrive even when you are resting. If it doesn’t get an opportunity to slow down back to its regular rhythm, then you could risk possible cardiovascular problems.
You can check your own heart rate by placing a finger on your pulse and counting your beats per minute (with the usual being between 60 and 90 beats) or you can invest in a heart rate monitor for home use.
4. You Experience Uncontrollable Mood Swings
We’re not balls of sunshine all of the time but if you find your moods to be more unpredictable than usual, then you could classify this is a symptom of overdoing it on the tracks.
Once again, it all comes down to hormone levels. When you run, your body stimulates the release of extra hormones so that your body can keep up with the demands you are putting on it. This sometimes results in a hormonal imbalance and can affect your psychological state as well as your overall health and well-being.
Never brush moods off – there is always an underlying reason for them.
5. Your Legs Feel Heavy
If your legs feel like dead limbs hanging from your torso, then be advised that this feeling is far from normal. This sensation could mean that your muscles are not recovering as fast as they should and if you run in this state, you could end up badly injured, and it might not be easy to return to running after an injury.
Take this sign as an indication that you need to ease up on the running or take proper breaks of rest in between sessions.
6. Running Has Become A Chore
When one first starts running then the experience can be sensational and it’s easy to understand why many become addicted to the exercise. If you take on too much too soon, however, then you might cause yourself unnecessary strain, which can impact both your mental and physical health.
So, if you find it harder and harder to put your running shoes on and head out the door, then perhaps it’s time to rest. A good break from the sport won’t mean that you will become unfit or won’t get back into it. It simply means that your body will be in a state of good repair so that when you do hit the road again, you’ll be at the top of your game and will find that passion for running once again.