Glorious, restorative sleep.
I had a long talk with my dad last weekend about my training – how great it feels to run and to see my hard work pay off, but also how tired I’ve felt recently. I do make an effort to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, but sometimes that isn’t enough to keep me going at the office, during workouts, and during any attempts to be a social butterfly.
I worried that I might be over training, but I feel very comfortable with my workouts. After mulling over what could be going on, I decided that my body was just tired and needed a solid night of sleep. So, last Sunday, I gave it a try. I felt incredibly lame, but I forced myself to go to bed at 10:30.
The result: leaping (quite literally) out of bed at 6:20 the next morning for a workout.
I would love to say that I’m going to get eight hours of sleep every night, but I know that life happens and sometimes you have to settle for fewer hours of sleep than you’d like. I will, though, promise to make an effort to take better care of myself during training and rest when I need to – even if it means sacrificing a workout every now and then.
Week 8’s training schedule:
Monday: Cycling, strength training, and extra stretching
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 8 x 400 m at 5K Pace (8:57 per mile)
Thursday: 30-minute easy run
Saturday: 9 miles
Sunday: 3 miles at race pace
With about a month to go before the half-marathon and the Cherry Blossom 10-miler a weeks after, I’m starting to narrow my options for fall marathons. I’m down to Hartford, Philadelphia, Newport (RI), or the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. Something inside me is hinting at picking two of the above – one half-marathon and one full.
Could it be time to check into Runner's Anonymous?