No sleep equals Running Myself Ragged

Insomnia – I hate you.  I was up till after 2 a.m. (I know that because I heard the 2 chimes on our clock).  The worst thing was I knew that I would be getting up at 5:15 to run.  Why so early you ask?  Well Patient Husband leaves work at 6:30 and I run till he picks me up on his way.  So I headed out.  As I continued on I didn’t start feeling better after the first mile or so, as I usually do.  Then it hit me – BONK – I only had 3 hours of sleep.  Now I really felt bad.  Any runner knows that most of running is a mental thing.  So I started feeling like I could hardly move my feet. How could I survive on the lonely streets with only 3 hours of sleep?   I made it 4-1/4 miles. Not because I am super-human, but  because I had to run that far before my ride arrived!

Here is the beginning of my run.  The sun is just barely coming up.

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I saw a herd of about 20 deer cross in front of me – all in single file – just beautiful.

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Sorry that’s the best I could do in the dark and truly running ragged.

Here is a view as the sun came up (but that is the moon) :

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When I got home I made a yummy spinach omelet.

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And then, well then,  I was truly exhausted.

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After I took a   two-and-a-half hour   short nap, I decided I’d write a little about how often someone should exercise.

As far as running, frequency—or how often you run—is only one of the 3 considerations. You must also think of duration (how far you go) and intensity (how fast you go).  Research shows a person needs to run at least a couple of times a week to get any progressive benefit from it.

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I don’t know about you, but I thought it would be much more.  But wait……

 

For optimum health, it is necessary to do some form of exercise almost every day.   Every man, woman, and child on earth, whether a runner or a non-runner, should aim to exercise every day.

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The research is very clear.  If you exercise daily you will have lower risk of chronic disease, be leaner, and live longer than if you exercise just a few times a week.  Sorry for the disappointment, maybe you should have stopped at the last paragraph.

But if you want your running to improve—you need to make those runs really count. So include each week a tempo run (for intense endurance), a speed workout (to build speed), and a long run to increase the raw endurance.  The primary reason to run only three times per week is to minimize injury risk. As we all know, running has a high injury rate, and the rate of injury increases with running volume.  So on those other days, do some cross-training.  Strength training or plyometrics (my favorite) do not need to be done more than 2 or 3 times a week.

Weightlifting Row Machine Fail

 

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So for those of you who are not runners…. WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?…… just try to get some sort of exercise every day.  I find that if I plan ahead I’m more likely to do it.  OK I’ve got to get off my soapbox, I’m afraid of heights.

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Have a great weekend.

Anne

Could playing Words with friends be considered exercise?  Hand/eye coordination?

Do you like to exercise with your dog?

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One thought on “No sleep equals Running Myself Ragged

  1. Great advice to exercise every day…I totally agree! Love the videos…especially the dog doing squats….amazing!!! Now …get some sleep!

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