workout fatigue

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    Oct 02, 2009 1:28 PM GMT
    Hey there. Just looking for a little reassurance from you all (or not...).

    I'm 38 and a I generally work out six days a week. I run 3 days, and lift weights with a short run beforehand on 3 other days, often with a trainer but sometimes not. I'm a fairly new exercise/fitness addict. I spent my 20s smoking and drinking and, yes, a little drugging...but now we're pretty much down to some respectable drinking. And occasional cupcake eating.

    ANYWAY...I am in good shape and usually feel fantastic, and things are just getting better all the time in the fitness part of my life. I've run a marathon, my muscles are developing, and I'm pretty damn happy with the way things are going.

    About a week ago though, I just started feeling super tired, and my back started hurting (not a real injury, but more soreness than usual). The only way to describe it is that I feel kind of ragged. I'm not sick (in fact, just had my yearly physical and I am in perfect health), but I just feel sort of worn out and beat up, so I've taken almost a whole week off from any exercise. I'm dying to go back, but I still kind of feel like shit.

    This ever happen to any of you? It's just a phase, right? How long have you ever taken off without stepping backwards in your workout regime? I know this sounds like a dumb question, but I'm just looking for a little reassurance. Thanks!
  • jc_online

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    Oct 02, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    When your body tells you to take some time off working out, take time off. Wheher it's a week or more, take a break and then get back into it. When I do this, I come back at it with more push and it gets me past any plateau I am stuck at.