>Running 101>What happens with "overtraining?' (HR question)
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There's a big difference between running too fast on your easy days and overtraining. Overtraining is an actual physiological condition in which your endocrine system gets out of whack from too much stress to the body--most of us non-elites have never experienced overtraining.
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If you honestly feel like you're "barely trotting," you definitely aren't near your LT pace. How is your breathing on your easy runs? Can you talk? Sing a bit? Or are you gasping for air and ready to pass out? How do you actually feel? How does it feel when you finish?
On the other hand, if you're doing every training run at race pace, pushing that hard, you won't improve. But you don't need a machine to know if that's what you're doing in. And eventually your body will slow you down through injury.
I do know that I can judge very well what conversational running would be without a heart monitor. All you need is a mouth to figure out that one
I have been running at what is essentially the equivalent to my race pace. The "barely trotting" is my own perceived notion of my speed - I honestly feel that (esp on the uphills) if i was to slow down at all, I would be walking - as it is, i seriously doubt that I have both feet in the air at the same time...