How to Know If You’re Training Too Hard
Yes, Virginia, it is possible to train too hard. In fact, with certain Type A or A+ personalities, it is probable. Jack Raglin, director of graduate studies at Indiana University's
department of kinesiology, tells the Wall Street Journal that 10 percent of people training for endurance events are in the danger zone–pushing too hard, and making a mistake that can lead to injury, major depression, loss of sleep, anorexia and even death, not to mention poor performance in whatever even you are training for. One red flag, the Journal reports, is an intensifying
obsession with performance. Good coaches urge athletes to remain alert for the point at which greater
doses of exercise cease to produce improvement, and one running coach tells the paper that she studies her clients for signs of chronic fatigue,
depression, compulsive training or privation. The bottom line: listen carefully to your body, and if tells you it's tired, take the day off.