Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sick or Overtrain?

Monday - AM: 2500 meters in the pool
Monday - PM:17 miles on bike trainer

Tuesday - AM: 1 hour weight session
Tuesday - PM: 6.5 mile run

Wednesday - AM: 3000 meters in the pool
Wednesday - PM: 10 miles on bike trainer.

Total time: 5 hours, 33 minutes.

I never put that much time in over a three days span before, even during my marathon training.

Tuesday evening I was laying on the couch and I could tell my heart rate was elevated.  This was 3+ hours after my run.  I believe that's one sign of overtraining.  Wednesday evening I noticed the same thing and then started to get extremely hot and started coughing as if I had a cold.  So I scheduled in a rest day for today.  I feel much better today.  I am hoping for a walk at lunch because it is beautiful outside!

Related or Unrelated
I've worked at my current job for nearly 11 years.  My employer gives us 40 hours of sick time on January 1 and it accrues.  I looked at my current total and I have accrued 400 hours of sick time.  Doing quick math, that means I've only called in sick 5 times.  I believe in the last 4 years I've called in sick once (ironically, it was the Monday before my marathon).  Either I am a relatively healthy person or in denial and go to work anyway (sorry cube-mates!).


  1. It sounds like you might be overtraining. I just posted on my blog about this very topic. Hope that you can modify your training to allow for more rest. Hang in there! Good job on your walk!!

  2. I'm a big fan of rest days! Listen to your body... and please don't get your co-workers sick ;)

  3. Scotty, listen to your mother -- do not overtrain, remember Molly T. Speaking from experience, you do not want to mess with your heart rhythm and get it out of whack. Why don't you get a good physical soon? Love you and miss you, Mom

  4. Hi Mom! I appreciate your concern. I had a physical last May when I started doing all this crazy stuff and they actually did take some chest x-rays. I plan to continue doing the yearly physical, just in case!

  5. I think you need to be "sick" more often on those beautiful, sunny, warm spring days... :) We don't know anything about overtraining in this family, so can't comment there!