Overtraining or just a combination of hot weather and small children? It can be hard to tell...

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that I took a day off yesterday and didn't take on my usual commute run from the CBD back out West. The long and short of it is that I had a really bad night's sleep and didn't feel up to it after a full day at work.

The important question for me is what the cause of the bad night's sleep was. If it was just a combination of the hot weather and my youngest kicking off overnight, then it's just one of those things and a day off won't do me any harm. I had planned a mini-taper for the later half of the week and can rejig the runs to make up the distance without doing any lasting damage.

On the other hand, insomnia and a lack of motivation are both symptoms of overtraining. Normally I'd not worry overly about this being a likely scenario; however I did run my highest ever weekly total last week and have built back up relatively quickly after a fairly lazy Christmas. I really don't want to sideline myself for The Hillary through injury with only a month to do, especially as I'm running Arataki to Piha on Monday.

My money's on it being just one of those things, so I'm going to go for a run this evening and see how I go.

Addendum: Some days shit just doesn't go according to plan. Not going to get a run in today. Bugger.


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