Good morning, fellow runners, and welcome to The Bee's newest blog. It's all about running, and at least at the start it will focus on training for California International Marathon on Dec. 6.
And, if you are, indeed, trainnig for CIM, there's no need to explain why I mentioned napping there in the headline. We're in the midst of the heavy training period six weeks out from the race.
I've done back-to-back long Sunday runs of 20 and 18 miles, respectively, and squeezed in double-digit midweek runs. The mileage keeps adding up, and I find myself getting sleepy at odd times of the day. And it'll kick up a notch this Sunday, when I've got a 23-miler scheduled.
It was embarrassing the other night. I went to bed at 7:45 p.m. My God, am I 6 years old or what? (Full disclosure: I'm 49.) I had only done a 4-mile "recovery" run that morning but was looking at a 12-miler at below goal marathon pace the next morning, so I was out like a light.
Yeah, I'm a real fun guy to be around at home these days. Try as I might, my body still hasn't adapted to awaking at 4:45 a.m. to get my runs in. Around 2 p.m. each day, I want to nap at my desk. For some reason, the boss frowns on that.
So, I'd like to know how you, fellow marathoners, deal with the sleep issue. Me? I'm a wreck if I don't get my 9 hours. But others seem to get by quite nicely with 5 hours of shuteye.
Heck, some of you might even feel invigorated during these weeks of heavy mileage.