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I heart sleep

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I was reading an article the other day in Runner's World and a woman mentioned something about sleep. She said during marathon training, she tries to sleep nine to ten hours a night. I don't know about you, but this is the BEST reason I have found yet to train for a half marathon. 

I adore sleep. I think naps are wasted on the young. If I had it my way, children would never nap (arguably, I am not a parent, and wouldn't have to deal with very cranky children) so they would be tired at bed time. Adults would be allowed to nap from 2-3 p.m. Teenagers wouldn't be allowed to nap either, mostly because when they do (i.e. in my fourth period class, during the school day), they feel all energized and want to stay up late at night playing video games and what not. 

Additionally, I really love being in bed, specifically my bed. It's comfortable and cozy and there are sheets and blankets to cuddle with. My bed creaks... it's horribly obnoxious. This is probably due to the fact that Krissi and I used to jump on said bed during bad days (you try to be sad or pissed off while jumping on the bed -- I dare you!). Bed is where it's at, as far as I'm concerned. If I could live a productive life from there, I would probably try to do so. But, that would defeat the purpose of training for a half.  

So, back to sleep. I haven't been able to nap much (read: at all) since the school year started. Amazingly, I haven't been exhausted after days where I run, which I totally thought would be the case. What I have noticed, though, is I'm sleeping like a rock most nights. This isn't always the case, for example, the nights when my brain refused to shut off after a particularly trying day, but on the whole, the sleep that comes along with training is fantastic. 

See? So many great things come from training! (This is one of those peppy things I tell myself to get through another run.)

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