I am learning the importance of sleep. That may sound silly, but it is true. We all know that if an active person like myself tries to get by on 4 hours of sleep night after night burnout is inevitable. Common wisdom says eight hours of sleep is ideal. Well I get up between 4:30 and 5:00 every morning, so I would have to be asleep by 8:30 every evening. (Yikes, that is 15 minutes away as I type and I haven’t eaten dinner yet!) Usually I get 6 to 7 hours of sleep. Last night was closer to 5 and I felt it today.
This morning I swam 2,500 meters and it was a good workout. I was very pleased with my overall time. I wasn’t too sluggish during the day, but I felt the drag. One thing my training partner and I have found is Speed Stack by ABB Performance. It is an energy drink with only 5 calories and 250 milligrams of caffeine. It is not like coffee, no heart rush or shakes, you are just alert and awake. First thing in the morning I love my coffee and the wonderful sound of a Keurig. Mid day drowsiness is better addressed with Speed Stack. Today was a day for a Speed Stack. I try to limit my consumption to only when I really need a pick up. Days like today when I have a run workout in the evening after a swim in the morning usually fit the bill. I ran 5 miles this evening on the treadmill which included a mile warm up 8 x 400 between 7.0 and 7.5 with a 200 walk in between sets. I ended with .75 mile at 10 minute pace and a .25 mile jog cool down. Once again a good workout I was very pleased with.
Speed Stack aside though, nothing compares to a good night of sleep. I am approaching 8:30 so I doubt it will be 8 hours, but I will do my best to get 7. How much is enough is determined like so many other things I encounter – the answer is in listening to my body and then taking my own advice. But don’t ever expect me to give up my Keurig.