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11 Oct 2006

Feeling a bit run down
Hey Doc

Me again! I have been feeling very run down of late, but it comes and it goes.

One day I will be boosting with energy and the next I feel like I can't even lift my pen at the office. I do my 45 min workout in the mornings, but can't resist going for that swim after work, and that is when I really push for laps. Sunday's are my off day's and I am listening to my body. I am really afraid of burnout as well as reaching a point where my body doesn't get the proper chance to re-cooperate.

Is this normal? Can I go ahead and stick to what I am doing? I can't help feeling guilty and edgy if I don't go for that workout :-( Any advice?

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01 Jan 0001

Hi Dee

It sounds as though you are walking a tightrope here between overtraining and training just right. In my experience, this feeling of being up and down is a sign that you are right on the limit, and those days of being 'down' are when you really need to listen to your body and pull back. From the sounds of it, there are occasions where you still go out and swim quite hard even when you are tired. That is a recipe for disaster, because if it happens a few times in a row, you'll be off the tightrope. And so while I appreciate your desire to train, which I think is great, you have to realise that you will only harm your long term chances if you continue to push. So you need to commit to actually listening to your body - you say you are, but this actually should mean that you don't train on those days where you feel down and tired. Just a week like this and you will never feel tired and then it's back to normal. But just rather err on the side of caution.

Good luck
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