Today’s Workout: 3 miles @ 29:28
Hello, All! It is 11:30 at night as I wrote this, and I’m exhausted, so my “Saturday post” (which you will actually read on Sunday, unless you’re on West Coast time) will be pretty brief.
First things first, if you tried to guess the correct answer to yesterday’s Fact Friday post, if you guessed #5, you were correct. I sometimes do paint my nails before a race day, but it definitely isn’t a pre-race ritual. In fact, I don’t really have any race rituals, other than wearing my lucky race socks.
Since I’m exhausted, I thought it might be a good idea to talk sleep. This is something I haven’t felt like I’ve been getting enough of lately, and I can tell it’s affecting my running. Yes, I’ve been getting a little sick of the treadmill lately, but my mind and body have both become a little bit weaker because I’ve been getting between 5-6 hours of sleep a night. Here are a few facts about sleep that the runner should be aware of:
• It is recommended that humans get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Athletes should actually get closer to 9 hours of sleep to allow their bodies to fully rest and recover.
• Sleep in general can dehydrate you, but lack of sleep actually dehydrates you even more. So get lots of sleep and drink up (and not coffee, this actually dehydrates you even more, and masks the fact that you’re tired).
• If you are a big coffee drinker (which I know I AM, and I think most runners are), you need to drink even more water than you normally would, because coffee is a diuretic and dehydrates you.
• Lack of sleep can actually make you more susceptible to injury.
Bottom line for runners, sleep is important, so make sure you get enough of it! We all have crazy busy schedules, I know; we want to be able to get all of our runs in, and we (of course) like to blog about our runs, but we also need our sleep. Sometimes, something’s gotta give to ensure
that we get enough sleep.
Earlier today, I was reading Run Eat Repeat’s post about MEGSMILES. Last week, Meg Cross Menzies was hit by a drunk driver while running. In light of this tragedy, people across the world ran in honor of her today. Since I didn’t find out about MEGSMILES until today, I’ll be dedicating my 10-mile log run to her tomorrow.
Do you have any pre-race rituals? If so, what are they?
How much sleep do you get, on average? Is it the recommended amount, or below that?