One simple way to check is to track your resting HR upon waking in the morning. Elevated means you might need some additional recovery.
I’m about 6 weeks into my base period and 15 weeks into my training and I had a rather disappointing long run today. For comparison, last week I ran for 1:57 for 13.2 miles (8:51/mile) with 545 feet of elevation gain and an average heart rate of 145 BPM. This week I cut my run short and did just 1:48 and only 11 miles (9:47/mile) with nearly identical vertical elevation same heart rate. My Wednesday and Saturday workouts were also a bit slower, but not super out of the ordinary.
Am I experiencing standard mid-training fatigue or is it likely I’m overtraining? Total training volume was about the same both weeks, less a one hour climbing session in week two. I am supposed to up volume this week and I’m not sure my body is up for an additional 20-25%.
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