Around 11, I snacked on these lovely grapes and blackberries. I just love fresh summer fruit!
Then, the Husband and I walked the puppies to the gas station to pick up some change so we could clean out our cars. It is SO hot in Florida right now, and we walked for about 1.0 mile. I honestly thought the little doggies were going to pass out when we got home — their tongues were hanging out soooo low!
If that doesn’t bring out the LOLs, I’m not sure what will!
It was lunch time, but I wasn’t feel hungry yet. So, I just ate a bigger snack.
Oikos Greek Yogurt with a crushed Kashi TLC bar.
Then, the Husband and I decided to tackle cleaning out my car. Ever since we got the new car, we’ve realized how trashed the Civic is. After washing, shining, waxing, and buffing, you could literally see yourself in the reflection!
The Hus is so detailed-oriented that he’s always in charge of doing the little things like cleaning the dashboard.
Wooo hoo! Clean car!
We came in around 4:00 and I made grilled cheese and tomato sammies:
We recently bought a block of Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar — it is definitely the best cheddar you can buy and SO worth the $$.
After eating, I could FEEL the exhaustion setting in. I think it’s no surprise that I am so tired lately — I’ve been running on 5 – 6 hours of sleep during the week and I worked 78 hours last week!
I was thinking about my 4.0 miler on Friday and realized that is was SO hard not because I’m building back up my mileage from an injury, but that I was freaking exhausted. When you’re training for a race or increase your mileage, getting proper sleep is JUST AS important as the actual running part.
Speaking from personal experience, here’s the signs of over-training/under-resting to watch out for when you’re running:
- Feeling exhausted even when you do get an adequate amount of sleep.
- Lack of hunger OR extreme hunger. Some people lose their appetite when they overtrain, and other people find they cannot stop eating.
- Easily catching colds.
- Training in extreme weather — very hot or too cold!
- Trouble concentrating.
- Easy runs become very, very challenging.
If you are properly training AND getting enough sleep, your body should be able to handle your physical regimen. I KNOW that I haven’t been getting enough sleep, and the intense exhaustion I’ve felt for the last three days is proof that I need to sleep more.
Based on this realization, I chose not to work out today. Walking the dogs + cleaning the car was more than enough for me. Plus, I took a 2 hour nap that felt like SHEER perfection!
I’m definitely going to try to get to bed earlier this week — my training depends on it!
After waking up, I made a lovely veggie soup.
The base of the soup was this great vegetable broth, which I found in the organic section of the grocery store:
I roasted some small butter potatoes, celery, and carrots in the oven and then simmered the mix in the broth for another 15 minutes.
That soup tasted SO good with the bread. I had a couple of pieces of chocolate for dessert.
Time for me to RELAX! :)
Have you ever unknowingly overtrained? I think I need to start putting ‘Sleep 8 Hours’ on my training plan!