Insomnia While Marathon Training
You guys. I just want to sleep.
I cannot. I try. I fail. Rinse repeat.
While I’m working on taking care of the issue, my running totally took a hit this week. I slogged through two short runs for the Columbus Marathon, took a couple of days off, and then found myself faced with the choice of my mid-length run of seven miles or the long run of 15 miles.
I almost chose neither run.
There’s running while tired and running while exhausted. Every night, I almost threw up due to the sheer level of exhaustion I was enduring. I knew I couldn’t run even a short distance under those conditions. However, on Saturday night, I actually got some sleep.
On Sunday morning, I felt more or less normal but still pretty depleted. I decided not to chance the 15 miler and go instead for the seven miles, six of which I decided to run with my husband—partially out of a desire to chill with him and partially for safety reasons. I didn’t want to get tired and pass out.
I’m already starting to sleep better, and I have hope this week will see more improvement in the snoozing arena. I know I can run my short runs at least and most likely my mid-week mid-length run. I’m a bit nervous about what might happen if I don’t get enough sleep before my 16 miler this weekend, but I know other successful runners experience insomnia, too. I won’t make any choices that put my safety in question, but I will do as much as I can this week.
Here’s to sleeping and running.