I could NOT fall asleep last night!
I tried to figure out what the culprit was:
– TV/Internet before bed? (No, I have done this before—although I am trying to power down 30 minutes prior going to bed.)
– stress/anxiety? (No, not more than usual.)
– my husband wasn’t in bed with me? (While I have a much easier time falling asleep if Craig is there, I don’t think this was the cause last night.)
But then I remembered that I had sampled some of Kaladi Brother’s ‘coffee of the month’ (which was caffeinated) yesterday morning when Craig and I went for coffee. Even though it was just 1/4-1/3 cup, it was enough to make me jittery (I could tell when I was trying to write things down yesterday morning!), and I think that it also caused me to be wide-eyed until almost midnight last night!! Lesson learned: caffeine does not do my body good!
Now onto running news. . . .
I love running, yes I do, but some times my body just needs a break!
I realized on Sunday that I have been running 6 days a week for 9 months straight—usually logging 35-45 (even 50) miles most weeks!
My last break was when I took a week off from running after my marathon last June because I could literally not run—heck, I couldn’t even walk! The only other time I’ve had a break when was when I was sick a few days this winter.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been feeling extra sluggish on my runs. Usually I’ll push through a couple days of tough running only to bounce back and feel better. However, this feeling has been going on longer than normal.
When I realized how long I had been running without a break, I knew my body deserved a little R ‘n’ R. It has been good to me—only getting “injured” once when it was actually just my shoes that needed replacing.
Here’s how I differentiated between my “normal” fatigue and the fatigue I’ve been experiencing lately.
1. I haven’t been looking forward to running. (And partially the weather hasn’t helped either. We are going into our 7th month of winter, so that definitely takes a toll on me!)
2. Usually if I have a run I’m feeling “dead” on, I’ll do a short 4-5 miles one day to give my legs a little break, and then I’m back to feeling better the next day. However, this has not been the case lately.
3. As soon as I start out running, I can tell my legs don’t have to spring they usually do.
4. Even when I was done running, and I didn’t experience my normal “runner’s high.” (When I realized this, I knew something was wrong!)
Let’s hope a week off from running with some light cardio (walking, biking, maybe swimming) and yoga will help rejuvenate me. 🙂
I am such an indecisive person and this goes to prove it! Or as I like to say: I like variety!
sprouted grains bagel: half with cream cheese + rhubarb jam, half with almond butter and banana
I also had some yogurt with: vanilla extract + agave nectar + raisins + Grape Nuts (love me some crunch!)
Looks sketchy, but it was good!
How much caffeine does your body tolerate?
How often do you take a break from running?