Salty runners are strivers. We train hard, we aim high and we’re tough. These are the qualities that enable us to succeed and blow the lid off what we ever thought was possible.
But sometimes these qualities are the exact thing that gets us into trouble. Sometimes we train too hard. Sometimes we aim too high. And sometimes we are even too tough. I think most of us understand this, but the line between striving for our best and overtraining can be a bit blurry. Even when we think we’re doing everything right–even not doing as much as we’ve done in the past–even then, we might be pushing too hard for our current selves.
Overtraining is a serious condition that can have lifetime repercussions. Every single serious runner should know what overtraining is and what signs and symptoms to look for so she can nip it in the bud before it becomes a chronic problem. Overtraining is not isolated to those running over 100 mile weeks, those training to make the Olympic team or the super fast among us. It can happen to any of us. It happened to me.