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.

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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?



  1. April 21, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Don’t worry, the second you turn 30 you magically start being an adult. Your fridge will always be stocked with healthy meals and you’ll never fall asleep on the couch again 😉

    Although I’m actually impressed you’ve made it this far in life on so little sleep. I don’t understand how anyone can function on fewer than 8 hours a night. I haven’t been sleeping well this week and I have just felt so cranky and so off. I’m in bed most nights by 9:30 so I can get up at 5:30 (this is my choice, I can set my own work hours, so I work 7-3:30 each day. Less traffic and so much time in the afternoon for running).

    • Kristina
      April 21, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      That work schedule sounds so great! I used to work 7-4 and loved that. I wish I had more flexibility with my hours these days! I wasn’t a runner back then so I totally wasted those good hours (well, if you could going to evening classes for grad school “waste” lol).

      I worry that I’m not functioning well most days! Today I feel great, but most days by this time I’m like I NEED ANOTHER COFFEE!

  2. April 21, 2016 / 10:45 am

    I understand the no morning run thing. Thats how I roll too. I run in the evening and thats what “mostly” works. Not always though. I have been able to get myself in the habit of eating a snack at around 3 every day. I run almost always right around 5 so I know it has ample time to digest…and if it takes longer to run…at least I’m not starving!
    My training log has went from hand written to an “i’m too lazy to use a pen” excel spreadsheet. I track distance, avg pace and shoes. I also have what workout was done listed. But I have it color coded for each pace hit or failed workout etc. I should write it down but it is so hard for me to remember too after I run!

    • Kristina
      April 21, 2016 / 5:43 pm

      Hahah I have an excel spreadsheet and a hand written training journal. I keep more extensive notes in my excel sheet where I have lots of room and just track the basics in my Believe training journal! I like to have the data driven stuff online for future reference if I want it, but really when I want to reflect on a training cycle I usually go read through the more mushy stuff in the believe journal!

  3. April 21, 2016 / 10:49 am

    Oh man… If I don’t sleep 8 hours every night, I am like a wreck. You are pretty amazing for being able to adult on only 5 hours. I, too, have tried the morning runner thing, but I just can’t. I wake up every morning famished, and the thought of running when I am so starving is impossible. I always eat a pretty big breakfast, so I would need time to chill before I run.

    I write the same kind of stuff in my journal, but I’ve never thought about writing why I feel the way I do. That’s a really good idea!

  4. April 21, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Let me just say – wow, you can stay up until 12:30? LOL I’m pretty well set in my routine now and I’m in bed by 10pm or 10:30 every night. Hard to stay up past that! I’m up at 5:30 though, and I feel kinda groggy if I get more than 7 hours of sleep any more. My husband is more of a night owl and stays up later watching TV while I am snoozing next to him in bed. I am usually asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow, so I know I am ready for sleep.
    Just like you struggle to run in the morning, I have a hard time running after work. It’s typically stomach issues for me, so running early on a mostly empty stomach works best for me. And it just fits into my schedule better, so I make it work. Does Adam ever run with you?

    • Kristina
      April 21, 2016 / 5:41 pm

      Hahaha well if I got up at 5:30am every day I definitely wouldn’t be staying up until 12:30! I used to be an early bird, always up by 5am-ish but oh how the times have changed!

  5. Jade
    April 21, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I cannot work out at night. I think my body really responds to the adrenaline and I’ll be up for hours! Luckily for me, I have found a good lunch work out class to do two days a week as right now I still cannot wake up at the butt crack of dawn for the life of me. I also sleep terribly anyways so that’s no big news there, but I have found that if I don’t eat enough during the day especially carbs, my night will be terrible, I’ll either wake up with insomnia or just can’t sleep in general — and I know it isn’t a caffeine issue as I only have one cup in the morning!

    • Kristina
      April 21, 2016 / 5:40 pm

      That’s so nice that you can workout in the middle of the day! I’d like to do that, and there is a gym I could use, but I’m always worried about what I would do about my hair. If I ran during my lunch I’d definitely need to wash my hair because it would be so sweaty. If I washed my hair I would need to dry it before returning to work and that all would take up so much time! Probably on the days I don’t have meetings in the afternoon I wouldn’t have to dry my hair, but most days it would be a struggle time wise!

  6. April 21, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    ha! You do you girl 🙂 if running at night works, and you enjoy it- go for it 🙂 Now, would I die?? yes LOL we just have to do what we can manage.
    I can not even imagine staying up that late LOL but I have to be at my desk by 7 a.m. so obviously I would be snoring if I stay up past 10.
    I obsessively write weather stuff in my log LOL the dew point especially, it makes a huge difference. I also write if I felt something hurt or tighten, etc…

  7. April 21, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    It is fascinating to me to see how other people structure their days. Our’s could not be any more opposite.

    I know one of the reasons I DO workout in the morning is because I know how to eat for that. If I had to wait to workout until after school, I would have no clue what to eat all day. I mean, I’m sure I could figure it out but I wouldn’t want to. I’m such a creature of habit!

    • Kristina
      April 21, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      Hahaha eating is one of my concerns for running in the morning! I don’t think I could wake up early enough to eat and digest before I go running. I do that for races but that’s a special circumstance and not a daily occurrence. The beach doesn’t open all of the public bathrooms until 10am so if I go super early I’m always worried that I’ll need a bathroom and it won’t be open!

  8. April 21, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Even though I know what I should be doing, applying it to my particular circumstances in life isn’t always super obvious or even that easy.

    I think the biggest victory is that you are aware of how you can work running in to your life as it is currently. Then when life throws us another change (new job, new schedule) we re-evaluate and start the process all over again. And again.

  9. April 21, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Clark Kent and Batman….wow!! Smh lol.

    With the summers so hot, I have to transition back and forth with mornings, it’s tough.

    My training log is simple. Miles and elevation gain….that’s it. I like the KISS method, keep it simple stupid lol

    • Kristina
      April 21, 2016 / 5:33 pm

      OMG! LOL I can’t believe I put Batman! That’s what I get for rushing to write the post before I left the house this morning! Thanks for pointing it out! How embarassing!

      Ohhh elevation gain is a good stat to track if you have any, haha! I would always have to put a 0!

  10. April 21, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I don’t think there is any right or wrong way to run. You have to do what is best for you. I imagine that running in the morning feels to you like it would if I were to go running in the evening. Some people are morning people, some people are night owls. The worst thing is trying to do something you don’t want to do. It’s too bad that most of the races start in the morning – you would probably do well with a night race! 🙂 I think the Vegas marathon/half is in the evening?

    • Kristina
      April 21, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      YES! I really want to do the Disney Wine and Dine half or the Vegas half one year because it’s at night. Getting up early for races is such a killer for me. For key races I try to change my sleep pattern around temporarily and go to bed early and wake up early for the whole week leading up to it.

  11. Susan
    April 21, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    You, my friend, are truly a night owl. I think you are smart not to force the morning running thing but also to make sure you get enough sleep! I am without a doubt a complete morning person. I am up by 4 am without an alarm (a lot of days even earlier than that!). I absolutely love to get my workout done while it’s so quiet outside. I always try to make sure to get enough sleep and most nights during the week am sound asleep by 8 pm (grandma status at 44). Is Adam a night owl too? Rick and I are shifted by about 2 hours but for the most part we are both morning people which works well.

    • Kristina
      April 21, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Adam is a total night owl. He goes to sleep between 1-2am most nights, which is a big part of the reason why I stay up so late. If I went to bed early I wouldn’t get to spend any time with him during the week. On the couple of nights a year that I try to go to bed early he gives me the sad face and says, “you’re going to bed already?” He easily forgets that I have to get up at 7am whereas he doesn’t get up until 9am! 😀

      When I was training for Portland I would get up at 4am and start my run super early so I could be done before the sun rose too high. Like you I absolutely loved having the quiet streets to myself, but by the end of that training cycle I was DONE with morning running! It totally fried me!

  12. April 22, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    As someone who frequently alternates between being a morning and night runner, I can tell you a little secret: one is not any better than the other. There are advantages and disadvantages to both which even out to the point where it really just comes down to personal preference. For example, I thought morning running would grant me all this free time in the evenings. But the time I saved by not running was spent preparing for the next day/morning and trying to get into bed no later than 9. So really, the net amount of evening time is the same as when I run after work but get to stay up later because I don’t have to be up so dang early. That’s why I hate when all these Runners World articles pop up about “why everyone should be a morning runner.” No, people who want to be morning runners should be morning runners. Someone who is awake from 6 AM to 10 PM gets the same amount of hours in as someone who wakes up at 4 but crashes by 8. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! That said, while I tend to be a night owl myself, I actually do enjoy running in the morning…but I think I’ll save it for when it’s warmer, lighter, and my mileage is lower 🙂

  13. April 22, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, I wish I could wake up as late as you! It must be nice to get to work when the sun is already up 😉

    I like running in the evenings, but I have to start before 7 or else I feel I’m out too late. I am literally in bed by 10pm every night, and asleep by 10:10 most nights. I just can’t function if I don’t get at least 7 hours.

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