This week is a recovery week, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m beat, and starting to show signs of overtraining. For me, that usually means sleep disturbances (can’t sleep soundly, no matter how tired I am), achy bones and joints, increased susceptibility to colds, and exactly ZERO motivation to work out. The motivation thing isn’t a typical, “Oh, I don’t feel like it” but more of a “I just don’t have it in me” kind of feeling.
I’ve been watching for the signs, and noticing how they have been gradually piling up, for the last couple of weeks. I started a new semester a few weeks ago. My classes have forced me to change my sleep schedule quite a bit, which is a huge struggle for me (I have a lot of trouble with sleep, and adjusting to a new sleep schedule is a challenge). Plus, I attend a very large university, so I’ve spent a lot of extra time walking around a very cold campus. On top of those logistical things, I have a lot of homework and am also planning my sister’s bridal shower. I’m having a little bit of trouble turning off my mind, and the stress and sleep deprivation is affecting my recovery.
Since this was a recovery week anyway, my runs have been shorter. My long run this week was only supposed to be 6 miles. Since we are expecting the snowpocalypse on Friday, I probably won’t run this weekend. So, I took today off, and will do a lot of yoga and foam rolling for the next 4-5 days – and will likely avoid running and cross-training altogether. I will also try to get this sleep thing under control – I’m no stranger to insomnia, and I know enough of myself to know that it can be a slippery slope. I don’t want it to get worse than it is.
I needed to take care of myself a bit, so I took a short detour on my ride home today to play photographer. I will post them soon. Then, next week, back at it. I will probably keep my long run next week to 6 miles, and then continue to ramp up from there.
Sometimes it is good to take a break.