But, aside from actually sustaining an injury, how do you know when you need to stop running for a bit and give yourself a break?
I came across these 5 warning signs from educational consultant and runner Jason Saltmarsh on The Huffington Post that indicate it’s time for a break. If you’re experiencing any one of these, build in a few rest days to your regimen and schedule an appointment with your Houston running doctor to rule out any injury that may already be present.
5 Signs You Need a Rest From Running
Increased Resting Heart Rate -- Check your heart rate when you wake up. An increase over time could mean you’re overtraining.
General Fatigue -- If you feel like just getting through the day is a challenge, you may be doing too much.
Trouble Sleeping -- Too much training can disrupt your circadian rhythm and make sleeping through the night impossible.
Moodiness – Is your temper on high? Do you feel down about your running? Try backing off a bit so you can feel that runner’s high again.
Lingering Muscle Soreness –A little bit if that ‘good’ soreness is ok after a long run, but if pain lingers, is only in one spot or gets worse over time, you may be on your way to a running injury. Take a break to stay healthy.