Oh running. How we all love (well, a weird kind of love where we don’t love it sometimes too;) you.
This might be just me but the actual training/running is the most doable part of the equation. Running 6 days a week is just part of me. It doesn’t really take any thought, I just do it and when I can’t do it… that is when I run into problems. BUT the other parts of the program have not always been easy for me. IE nutrition and taking adequate amounts of rest. For some reason those parts of the equation haven’t always clicked for me. Whether I was going hard out on the roads day after day without enough rest/easy days or not taking sleep as seriously as I should be, those habits surely didn’t help my running. And to be honest, ever since Brooke was born sleep hasn’t been easy for me until just recently.
Side note story/tangent—> When Brooke was about 9 months old I was staying at my sister’s house and one morning she asked why I looked so tired. I told her it was because Brooke woke up 4 times that night (she wasn’t hungry or anything, it was just out of habit) and the second I heard her cry I would go to her crib and rub her back until she fell back to sleep (did I ever tell you I have no idea what I am doing with parenting;). My sister looked at me with one eyebrow raised pretty much up to her hairline and told me she was in charge of Brooke the next night. Yeah, so she sleep trained Brooke in just one night and she never woke up in the middle of the night from then on unless she was sick or something. After that is when my marriage started exploding and during that time and throughout my divorce sleep was just not happening because of all of the emotions/worrying. After that I was living in an apartment where I woke up to every person in the building that ever took a step on the stairs and FINALLY in my new place I have been able to sleep. It is life changing. Literally, life changing to feel well-rested again.
I love simple visuals like this one below. It seems so easy but are we doing all that we can to keep our buckets full so that we can take on the training/stress in our lives to the best of our abilities? Nutrition has been a work in progress for me over the last few years (ps I’m currently writing a post all about my thoughts on life after disordered eating and my views on nutrition now… so that is coming) but I’m stoked about my new sleeping habits because I think this will really help my running. So besides moving to a place where I don’t hear my neighbors breathe (okay, I’m being a little dramatic) all night long I have done a few things to help me to sleep better at night.
Having a ceiling fan (I told you the other day how weird I am about that helping me to sleep better at night—> quiet noise and air blowing on my face helps me big time to sleep well), taking a short hot bath/shower right before bed helps me to calm down, staying away from sugar before bed (easier said than done…), turning off all of the electronics and reading instead and getting an amazingly comfortable mattress (my new one has 3 foam layers… including 2” of memory foam and 2 “ of a really sweet latex-like foam called Avena) is making all of the difference in helping me to sleep better. Our bodies really can’t repair themselves after the hard workloads we put them through with our training unless we are giving them adequate rest. Damaged tissue from that day’s workout is repaired and our bones and muscles are built while we are asleep… talk about motivation to stop scrolling at night and make sleep a huge priority!
I decided with the move would come a new mattress because my last one was just not doing it for me anymore. Leesa delivered (hallelujah to not having to go to an awkward mattress showroom ha) my mattress right to my doorstep (shipping is always free) and I couldn’t believe that my queen mattress fit in this small box. The mattresses are compressed in the box and the 10″ mattress comes in all sizes! It sure is convenient to just bring the box from the doorstep to your room and go from there.
The set up was crazy easy.
I mean Brooke did help a little bit.
I just rolled it out and removed the plastic and let the mattress do the work.
Once the plastic was off, Leesa expanded and took shape. It took about an hour for it to fully fluff out and then we tested it out. We both gave it the stamp of approval and the only problem now is that I’m having an extra hard time getting out of bed in the morning;)
It is amazing how big of a difference it makes to have a comfortable bed that you love. Here’s to some new shiny PR’s coming my way with all of this sleep I’m going to be getting this year:)
Something super cool about Leesa—> for every 10 mattresses that they sell, they donate one to a shelter! I love it when companies give back like this.
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What helps you to sleep better at night?
Ever had a hard time with sleep? What was causing it?
Parents—> at what age did your kiddos start sleeping through the night?
How do you keep your bucket full?