I started this blog at the end of May 2012 for a few reasons. One, because I’ve significantly improved my racing times in virtually every distance and people are always asking me how I did it and what’s my secret.
I figured if I give folks a glimpse into my everyday running life and thoughts, it could help them improve as well. I truly believe that the mental/emotional side of running is the key to racing success, much more than any “scientifically proven workouts” or “special training plan”.
I also started blogging to make sure I took a few minutes to myself EVERY SINGLE DAY and write down what I’m currently thinking about in terms of running. I haven’t succeeded with a post per day, but I’ve done a pretty good job of jotting down a little something most days of the week. I suppose it’s like my journal, but mostly relates to my running life and not much of the rest of my life.
I just got to thinking maybe I should make a post called ME Monday where I write about some other part of my life. It will relate to running because a lot of my life relates and sometimes revolves around the run, but it will be a little glimpse into other parts of my life. It might also help readers understand my training, where I draw my strength from, and how I juggle the stay-at-home-mom job which sometimes feels like single-parenthood. Or maybe it will help me in the ways that only a journal can…
Today, let’s talk about sleep. My husband and I need a good 8-9 hours to feel alive. Our daughter can survive and thrive on much less. It wasn’t always this way. My first question to our pediatrician when my daughter was very tiny was, “are you sure everything is ok with her? She sleeps so much!”
The first few months with my little darling were a breeze, partially because our family made the long drive to stay with us and partially because we had the most wonderful sleeper in the world. She would sleep 7 hours straight through the night just weeks after birth and slept so much of the day. It was magical! At that time I thought I wanted to have about 10 kids. Ok, maybe 4 or so.
Then she learned to crawl. Then she learned to walk. Then she learned to talk. I don’t remember when it all changed, but somewhere between the ages of 1 and 2, my daughter stopped sleeping.
Can you imagine trying to train for the fastest marathon of your life when your child is sleeping less than 8 hours at night (and sometimes napping, sometimes not)? Can you imagine functioning as a normal person with just a few minutes alone every day? Thank goodness for awesome parents and in-laws who make the drive more than most would to help us out. We have no family in the area so a 7-hour-drive is what it takes to see any relation.
My husband’s work is flexible in terms of where he has to be and when he has to be there, but he’s very busy all the time. He’s in the beginning of a great career and loves what he does so finding the time for me to run and recover (sleep) has been hard. (My husband is also a runner and spends an hour per day running and commutes to work by cycling one way and running the other.)
My secret has always been to “sleep when the baby sleeps” and that’s what I did at least for 30 minutes a day during her nap and it helped me through my first 2 postpartum marathon cycles. Now that my daughter doesn’t sleep much, I go to bed the instant she does and anything else I had in mind to accomplish that day has to wait. My house isn’t as clean as I would like and my “reading for pleasure” has gone out the window, but I’m maintaining enough sleep to get in mini-workouts here and there and keep the injuries at bay.
A normal day for me goes a little like this:
- Wake up much earlier than I’d like, before my husband and daughter get up to get my run done or run with the stroller if I decide to sleep in.
- Hopefully get a shower before my husband leaves for work.
- Suit up in a comfy Oiselle tee and get ready to play. Try to squeeze in planks/pushups/squats while daughter plays at playground. Also try to do monkey bars, etc as some cross training.
- Go home for lunch, make something semi-healthy and attempt to get my daughter to nap. Many days this is a failure. If she sleeps, I sleep and clean/blog/twitter/facebook/email.
- If she doesn’t nap, or when she wakes, we are back out of the house, maybe a trip to the zoo or a museum. We might also find some grass where we can race each other or get in some quality dancing time.
- Hubs arrives home between 6-7, we eat dinner and he plays with daughter a bit while I
try tocook something tasty and nutritious and clean up from dinner. Or, we go out to eat. This has happened a lot this summer with us being in Seattle. One big vacation!
- Hubs gets back to work (from home this time) and I get the kid settled down and ready for bed. She falls asleep between 10-midnight.
There’s the first ME Monday! My daughter is actually napping today so I’m headed to bed too!
Do you get enough sleep? Have you heard of babyccinos? No, my daughter will never get one – sorry honey.