elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Sleepy

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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.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

2 thoughts on “Sleepy

  1. I have also been battling with finding enough sleep time. Initially sleeping at 930pm was just too early, but i have found it easier as the training gets harder. Just listen to your body, it does a real good job of telling you what is needed. On another note, I wonder if a 0.25 mile warm down is enough? Great post 🙂 Stew

  2. Stew – I was so exhausted by the time I finished I wanted off the treadmill! Thank you for your comment – I am much better today after 7 hours of sleep.

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