I know, I took a little liberty with the wording there. I'm taking a little step back from my training plan today and tomorrow. I have been hammering it as hard as I can for the past six weeks without fail. I have felt invincible. Super strong. Getting faster. Seeing the desired results.
The first couple weeks were amazing!!! Oh, my! Workouts were amazing. I felt like I had just won by a knock out after each session in the gym. By Thursday of the third week I was feeling drained and would have to push myself to do Thursday nights workout and then have Friday as a rest day and use the weekend for my long run, rest, catch up on chores and studying and cooking for the next week.
The fourth week I had the same thing, feeling worn out by Thurday. On week five I was worn out on Wednesday so I did not push myself into the gym. I took the night off for some relaxing dinner out by myself. Week six I was worn out on Tuesday night so I just did some light cardio (Just Dance 2) for 30 minutes and checked out some moves on my TRX.
Last night I was feeling like I was dragging myself into the gym. I just was not feeling it. I kept trying to give myself a pep talk and 'get my head in the game'. Get tough, dig deep, you got this girl. I pushed out my 50 push ups turning up my favorite theme music. Still not feeling it, but keeping good form and pushing through. 100 Abdominal Extensions. Let's go girl, you can do this. It's upper body night which I usually LOVE!!! I mean what it not to love about delts, lats, pecs, bi's and tri's!!!!! Bam! Love my Gun & Wing night!!!
I move to the first set of delt raises and I can't lift the weight I usually lift and go down in weight. That ain't good. We are working on progression here. So, I abandon the delt work and head to lat pulls. Lat pull strength was good, I was able to go up to 85# (usually do 75#). Then I moved to seated cable rows. Again I had to lightened the load after the first set. Not good. What is going on here? I go to the weight bench to do my low bar pull ups (this is kinda like a reverse push up. . . I am under the bar and pull my chest up to the bar). I am able to finish my three sets of 15, but realize I am struggling more than usual and I'm still not feeling the 'stoked' feeling I get from these exercises.
I walk to get some water and towel myself off. I've barely worked up a glow. This is not usual. I drink some water. Write down my 'progress'. Analyze what is going on and do another 'gut' check. It's time to go home. I hear this in my head but have a hard time reconciling it. I'm not even half way through my workout. Again . . . "Go home. You are not making progress, you are going through motions. Rest. Rebuild. Live to fight another day." Yep. That is my actual self talk. A little cocky don't you think? Especially for a girl who is pulling off her lifting gloves and packing up her gym bag.
The past two week I have had the constant sniffles, increasing frequency of fatigue and this week increased irritability. Guess what? Those are sure signs of over training. It's time to respect that I need two consecutive days off from lifting. During these two days I will be eating more veggies, drinking more green tea and doing some yoga each day.
Other than that, I will rest. I will eat good foods. I will relax my body and my mind. I will respect all that my body allows me to do by honoring it's needs.