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Overtraining?

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Feb 2016
8:34pm, 10 Feb 2016
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kt_m_white
For a few months I've really struggled with running at any kind of speed. Any attempts I've made at intervals, tempo runs and races have ended up with an average pace at least a minute/mile slower than what I used to run at, but have felt harder. I've never really looked at my heart rate while running but have been wearing a heart rate monitor while running since I brought a new Garmin. Looking back at it now it does look like my heart rate is now a lot higher (20-30bmp) than it used to be, even on easy runs. But I don't think my resting heart rate has really changed. Could this be caused by overtraining?
Feb 2016
10:30pm, 10 Feb 2016
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Canute
Over-training can result in abnormally high HR but paradoxically ,sometimes it results in an abnormally low HR during intense effort. In itself HR is not a reliable guide to over-training. How you feel is often a better guide. If you have been struggling to achieve previous performance levels despite a high training volume that includes quite a lot of intense sessions, over-training is certainly possible. You need to weigh up all the evidence relevant to health and fitness.
Feb 2016
5:51pm, 11 Feb 2016
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kt_m_white
Thanks for the response. I've tried finding out more about overtraining and their doesn't seem to be very well defined. As generally I feel fine I don't know if I need to be trying to increase the intensity of my training or taking a break.
Feb 2016
11:10am, 13 Feb 2016
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Canute
On a quick perusal of your training, two things struck me. First, there was dramatic decrease on training volume last Oct and November followed by a sudden increase back to your former high level in December. If the decrease was due to illness or injury, the sudden return to high volume might have been too rapid. Secondly, you do a lot of quite intense training, and even your easy runs are at a moderate pace. On balance, I think it might be better to assess the effect of cutting down volume for a few weeks rather than increase intensity. Good luck

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