I love sleep. It’s one of my most favourite things in the whole wide world. I cannot think of anywhere that makes me happier than when I am curled up in my bed. All nice and snug and warm. Ahhh. And relax…
However I am currently developing an intense dislike of my alarm clock. Being rudely awakened from my peaceful slumber by this vile squawking thing is unconscionable, and generally downright horrid. In light of this new found dislike, the snooze button has become my friend. Which means that my morning run into work is getting more and more hurried and doesn’t allow for any geographical deviation – i.e. I’m going the same route every day and it’s getting really very BORING!
The root cause of the problem is I’ve not been sleeping so well the last couple of weeks. I’m a strict 8 hours a night kind of girl. Lots going on in Mel world – personally, socially and at work . So much so that my head is like a proverbial washing machine on 1400rpm spin speed. Running every day should really be having a positive effect – as in I should be knackered ergo getting better quality sleep – not so much this week. This has had a real knock on effect; I am cranky, I am swinging at the pitch far too readily (and regularly), and have become exceptionally easy to distract. It’s got so bad that my nickname this week in the office is Dorrie. *sigh*
This isn’t rocket science. Sleep is important. It’s not something that I can do without for a little while and then make up for later. It’s as important as diet and exercise, but I know that I don’t always give it the priority it deserves. My intention is always to try and get 8 hours of sleep every night. However the reality is far, far different. The simple maths is this: Good sleep = good running. Bad sleep = crap running, and also means that I don’t want to run the next day or the day after that etc. etc.
My plan was to run 8 miles today. The reality was just 3 miles. And yes I know I’ve done over 20 miles this week so its not all doom and gloom, but still a target is a target. This will be rectified at the weekend. As will the napping situation.
Happy running kids.