Connecting the Dots: Sleeping, Running, Eating
I’m a little late with my post today because I fell asleep on the couch after the Miami Heat game and went to bed at 11pm. That’s really early for me!
I know we’re supposed to try and get 8 hours of sleep a night but either I’m really bad at time management or it’s an impossibility! Here’s my typical weekday:
7am: Wake Up, Shower, Blow dry hair
7:45am: Eat breakfast, read the news, read a blog or two
8:15am: Makeup and say goodbye to Cecil (this is a process)
8:30am: Leave the house and stop for coffee (Keurig is making weird tasting coffee at home)
9:30am: Arrive at work
6:00pm: Leave work
7:00pm: Get home from work
7:15pm: Go running
8:15-8:30: Shower and make dinner
9:00pm: Watch TV and generally spend time with Adam
12:30am: Go to bed
(You can watch my latest Day in the Life video here if you’re interested!)
I don’t always fall asleep as soon as I get into bed. Usually I need to read for a few minutes, so let’s say I get to sleep somewhere around 12:45 and 1:15am. That’s not good, is it?
I was just telling Ali the other day that I’m trying really hard to connect the dots between running, sleeping and eating. Obviously I know all three are related, but that doesn’t always lead me to taking action in any of the three areas to make improvements.
It’s easy to read something in a book and go, “ah, that makes sense,” but actually implementing changes into my daily routine isn’t easy. You know I’ve tried several times to become a morning runner and have always failed. Although it’s not surprising that I failed considering I didn’t start going to bed any earlier and trying to get up and run on about four hours of sleep just isn’t healthy or right. My body fought me every day and after maybe two consecutive days I was back to sleeping in until 7am.
I’m not trying to do the morning runner thing anymore. Truthfully I just like running after work because it gives me time to change from work Kristina to home Kristina. Like when Clark Kent changes into Superman. Same thing.
I am trying to take some baby steps to link running, sleeping and eating to convince myself to make improvements.
My training log has always been the place that I log: miles run, pace, temperature and notes about how I felt during the run. Now I’m also adding WHY I think I felt that way.
For example, last night I went for my tempo run at 7:15pm and didn’t feel that great during it. I think that might have had something to do with going to bed extra late several times this week along with not having eaten since lunch (12:30pm). Hopefully writing all of this down in my notes will remind me next week to at least have a snack in the afternoon or during my drive home to give me more energy before I do my tempo.
I know all of this stuff is super basic stuff that many people managed to get under control in the early 20s (or even earlier) but I’m getting there! Maybe when I turn 30 later this year I’ll finally be an adult ;).
What sort of things do you track in your training log?