Aug 10

On Friday I came across this excellent article that talks about the importance of balance: “Overtraining: A Good Thing Gone Bad

When I was in training for my marathon last October I learned first hand about the joys of overtraining, and it was during that time that I learned about the “Maffetone Method”. This method of training pretty much guarantees you’re not going to over do things, and it’s the system I’m using this time around. What I like about it is that Dr. Maffetone (a world recognized endurance trainer) says it’s important to listen to your body, and if you’re not up to par, stay home.

This past week I felt stressed, tired and frustrated for no real reason – perhaps the cloudy days, I don’t do well under overcast skies – and so I took a couple of days off of training (I even took the week off of posting my blog). I got back on the road on Friday, but the results shown to me on my heart rate monitor proved that I was still not in a great place for training. After a week of struggling to get my heart rate high enough last week due to very quick improvement, I found myself on Friday barely able to get it below my maximum. Every hill pushed my heart beyond my ideal training point.

Most training programs encourage you to push through those kinds of days, but I know that I have been pushing pretty hard in other areas of my life these past couple of weeks, and so my heart already gets a workout just dealing with that. It’s important to give the body what it needs to be fit AND healthy!

You don’t want to abuse this system with laziness and lack of motivation, but you do have to know your body well enough to know when to say stop.

I did manage a slow 3 hr walk on Saturday with minimal stress, and I also did a one-hour on Sunday and a 1.5 hour walk today.


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  1. Hello, I am following you from TwitterMoms…glad you were able to press through. Philippians 3:14 reminds us to press on…this scripture is a source of encouragement for me.

    Many blessings


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