Well here we are – race week! I’ve put in the miles and now I have to let myself taper, stretch and rest before the big day. Last week’s training started to slowly decrease mileage, and this week will be a big change, running only 4 to 5 miles a few times before the big 13.1.
Saturday morning I laced up my sneakers for my second NYRR run this month – the Scotland Run 10K. Not only was it fun to see everyone sporting their Scottish pride by wearing kilts and flags, they had bagpipers at every mile mark playing for the crowds!
After the race I needed to tack on an extra 4 miles to complete my long run, but instead I cut it short and went home. The past two weeks I have been feeling achier than usual and often exhausted, which is most likely from overtraining (yes, that is a bad thing!). By committing to a more difficult training schedule than you are used to you can risk doing too much, which then leads to injury. Getting injured the week of the half-marathon is something I would be none too pleased about should it happen. Here are some warning signs I’ve noticed that I was starting to overtrain: