I hope that what you are about to read does not resonate with you. Let me tell you a story of sleep.
Overtraining Syndrome seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. I have seen quite a few posts on what people are calling “overtraining” on social media, but what they are really talking about is “training too much” or “over-exercising”. I assure you that this is not the same thing and understanding the difference could actually change your life.
I’ve had a very hard time figuring out where to start with this. It’s complicated, and yet so simple. It’s downright embarrassing and highly personal, but I’m sharing it anyway. Why? Because maybe, just maybe, there’s some girl out there sitting in the same frustrated, lonely, confused place I was in, and maybe, just maybe, my story can help her.
The only thing I can contribute my sudden change in heart and mindset the day after Memorial Day, is God. I had been so stubborn and refused to listen to anyone who told me I needed to just try and relax a little bit both in my workouts and my diet. My husband tried to tell me, my parents, and close friends, but I didn’t want to hear it.
In July 2016 things came crashing down. After another PB half marathon and a bit of work stress, I was feeling unusually tired. In hindsight that was a big warning sign that I should not have ignored. During my long run the next weekend I felt a pain in my lower back/glute. We put it down to tight muscle and tried to ignore it.