if it was humanly possible to function without sleeping, i would do so. and don’t think i don’t try every now and then. for me, life is like one of those revolving sushi bars – there’s always something new to see, try, do. it is nearly impossible to get my mind to stop going 90-to-nothin’ so my nights usually go as follows:
1) get home from the gym and eat dinner
2) turn on ‘how i met your mother’ or ‘friends’ to unwind
3) on a good night, i fall asleep and head to bed – but more often than not, ocd kicks in…
4) so i open up my laptop – ya know, just to check a few emails
5) and i work until 1 or 2…or 3.
6) i wake up in the middle of the night (or early morning) hugging my laptop on the couch in the fetal position as though it’s my teddy bear. (scratch that, i currently have a hate-hate relationship with my laptop – it’s so not deserving of that title)
7) i stumble to bed and crash for another few hours until my dreaded alarm goes off.
i don’t need sleep, i run on pure-octane coffee! don’t get me wrong: i love to sleep. i just hate that it interrupts life! and this is coming from someone who knows all the health benefits of sleep and its correlation to weight loss:
but i’m not trying to lose weight, you might say. ah, but get this, there are other negative impacts sleeplessness can have other than a not-so-svelte physique.
so knowing all this, one might think i would put 2 + 2 together and get some sleep? no, not really. until i started running, that is. because training for this half-marathon has pushed me to new limits, i’m more in tune with how every little choice affect my running. before this, i could easily go knock out a few miles. i could hit the gym dragging, lift some weights, and call it a day. i could even sneak through spin class after a sleepless night. but hit the pavement for eight miles with no sleep? not so much. and now i have this thing called a garmin that calls me out when i’m running a pathetic pace. and these things called lungs that suck wind when i haven’t slept a wink. don’t forget the lame limbs called legs that feel like tree trunks. oh yes, a sleepless night and my runs suffer severely. so trust me, i do not get my 8 hours of shut eye because i just love sleeping my life away – quite the contrary. but for the same reason i’ve given up drinking adult beverages until the half-marathon, it’s called: survival.
i didn’t have to read an article to quickly learn this the hard way. but i hit up runner’s world to learn exactly why shut-eye is essential for optimal performance :
so as we head into the last 5 weeks of training, start logging your hours of sleep in your fitbook. track the quality of your runs when you get your zzz’s compared to when you play like a vampire. a few rough runs and i promise you, you’ll learn to appreciate a full 7 or 8 hours of sleep.
what are your tips to fit in your zzz’s or get to bed? share them – i need them!
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