I have been running for three and a half years and the last year has been a bit confusing. In terms of racing it's been a success (marathon PB from 3:28 to 3:05, HM from 93 to 85) but training has been difficult. Normally I train every day (couple of doubles, one long run a week, 70-80 miles a week when it's going well) to Hadd principles and take a rest when I need one or when life interferes.I've had two chest inections which knocked me out for more than two weeks, both after races. July and August couldn't get HR up, but this sorted itself out when I eased off a bit. Last four weeks or so (which followed second of chest infections) resting HR has settled about 5-8 beats above my normal, all training paces are 40 secs a mile slower than usual, feel more tired than normal (but not a huge amount), no real trouble sleeping.
I'm concerned I may be overtrained and am planning to take a complete break for a fortnight (although I don't really want to) i.e. no running until 2007.
I suppose my questions are :-
does this sound like overtraining and should I take this complete break or just cut back?
what are realistic expectations for getting back to proper training (next race is Liverpool HM in run up to FLM)?
should I do some light cross-training?
any general advice on the whole situation especially if you've been through it.
Sorry for the ramble and thanks in advance.