This lunchtime (between 2-3pm rather than the usual 1pm) we're joined by GB high jumper Tom Parsons who'll be answering your questions about overtraining - what it is, how to tell when you're training too hard and how to find the perfect balance in your training.
After studying for a Bsc in Sport and PE at UWIC, Tom Parsons has become one of Britain's best high jumpers. The highlights of his career so far include making the high jump final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as representing the UK at World Championships, Commonwealth Games, World University Games and other major championships.
We're opening the discussion now so Tom so can crack on answering your questions straight away at 2pm rather than having to deal with a rush of questions at once.
You can normally tell when you're over-training because your performances tail off. But what if you're trying to regain fitness, you won't have such a reliable baseline to judge against as your fitness should be increasing in steps.
In those circumstances, how do you recognise over-training, do you use indicators such as appetite etc?
If you recognise the warning signs at an early stage, how quickly could you recover, and should you use recovery runs for exampel to help?
What are your thoughts on the use of aids to recovery such as ice, ibuprofen, compression etc. as opposed to complete rest and the healing power of time? Could it be argued that anything more than the occasional use of the methods indicates overtraining?
What would you normally eat before a big traning session?
not directly overtraining related, but if you are training in the evening how do you wind down afterwards to ensure you'll get a good nights sleep?
Occasionally I might recognise that I am over training a bit, but I find myself reluctant to cut back - the only time I manage to do this is for a taper, and even I cross-train like mad. I get a hard time from friends and family for "running too much, although none of them are runners, and I think that probably makes me want to run more!
Any ideas/suggestions on how to tackle my family/friends? And Is cross-training (swimming/cycling/pilates) as viable as a total rest day?
What about when you're not training? What do you do to wind down after a session and take your mind off of big events?
Are you more prone to injury or illness if you overtrain?
how do you ensure that the supplements and vitamins that you take are free from any prohibited substances?
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