I thought I would share with you some of the dum-dum thoughts on training and stress that I used to have rolling around in my head back in the dark days.
You made it through the first few weeks, or even months, feeling excited and confident that you are doing the right thing. But, then...something happens. It may start as a small voice creeping in, a passing glance at an IG post, or a text from a friend. At some point in the journey to recovery, there is doubt.
It’s Thanksgiving week and although I don’t live in the United States anymore, I have been inundated with friends and family expressing their anxieties about the holidays. It’s not just you, it’s everyone. Although, I will say that there’s a considerable amount of EXTRA chatter of nervousness coming from “us”; the runners, the athletes, the healthy eaters, the nervous, the type As, the in-trainings, the no-periods, the I-need-exercise-to-functions. It would be easy for me to say that all of your worry boils down to two things; am I going to have time to train on Turkey Day and how can I not eat 90% of what’s on the table because it freaks the hell out of me. But, it’s not that easy....we’ll get to that.
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.