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Top 6 Signs You're "Overrunning"

How to tell if your race training’s getting too intense—plus how to protect yourself as you pound the pavement.

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it might be time to take a step back from your training plan.

1) You can’t sleep
Find yourself stuck counting sheep, tossing and turning, or waking up much earlier than usual? Your running routine could be to blame. “Excessive training can interfere with your body’s circadian rhythms,” says Gaudette, “which can cause you to have trouble sleeping soundly.”

2) Your legs feel like lead
It's likely your muscles are not being repaired completely before runs, warns Gaudette. “As fatigue builds and accumulates, your body never has a chance to get back to 100% before you go out on the next run,” he says. “If you're always starting the run tired, your legs won’t feel up to par—and you won’t be able to perform at your peak.”

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