It's a common refrain among endurance athletes. Training is going great! I'm killing my workouts! PR's are inevitable! And then the dreaded injury derails us, mid-euphoria. Why can so many of us identify with this? As goal-oriented people, we are wired to push ourselves. We aim for that North Star goal and keep pushing forward come hell or high water. We are not only willing to endure pain and discomfort, but look at them as the price of admission. Because of that, the cause of our injuries are often diagnosed as over training. I prefer to look at it from another point of view. I like to think of it as under-recovery. Our full-on embrace of the "go hard or go home" mantra leads us to neglect listening to our bodies and not properly consider the supplemental work we should be doing to help us bounce back from our tough training.
So, how do we avoid under-recovering? Let's look at several of the most common issues that lead us down the path to injury and illness and consider how we could take a smarter road.
The next time you hear about over training, objectively think of what you're doing and consider whether you really may be under-recovering. It may not be that you're doing too much. It may be that you are doing too little of the things you need to do to allow you to train that hard. Utilize some of these helpful tips to keep you from under recovering.