Tuesday, December 22, 2009

sleepless at night

it's a good thing i'm not officially in training, as i haven't ran in 5 days. oops? i actually kind of enjoyed it. for the most part, i didn't feel good enough to run. i'm not sick as in "i have a cold" sick, but i'm not quite myself either.

the sleeping issue has still been going on, and combined with a lack of appetite well, i copped out and said i should obviously just rest. saturday and sunday nights i watched like two seasons of house since i couldn't sleep. sunday night i fell asleep around 4am and got my whopping three hours of sleep. as for my appetite - on sunday i ate one waffle (breakfast) and an egg wrap (dinner), and monday i ate a salad (lunch) and a little bit of creamed corn ("dinner"). i know, i really should control myself!

anyway. the good news is i got 12 hours of *uninterrupted* sleep monday night. i felt myself actually being tired monday evening so i got in bed and... felt more awake. wtc. sitting up - feel sleepy; laying down - wide awake. so i sat on the couch for a bit and then decided to try again. i, uh, took a pain pill (left over from wisdom teeth; a side effect of watching so much house) since those made me drowsy back when i had my teeth pulled. yeah, i am aware, not it's intended use. i don't plan on taking it daily alright. i don't think the excessive sleep is all from the pill, but i think maybe it helped a little. i think part of it was that i finally got tired enough to sleep.

i broke my streak of 5 days off and went out for a short, easy run today. i would have ran longer but my lack of eating caught up to me quickly and i felt weak. at least i don't have that whole work thing getting in my way and can run/eat/sleep whenever i feel like it (or i guess should say *if* i ever feel like it?) :o)

tuesday (12/22) afternoon run: 4.3 miles, 40:03 (avg pace 9:18), 47*

this time last year i wasn't eating or sleeping well either, but for entirely different reasons. don't forget to hug and cherish your loved ones today, at this Christmas holiday, and everyday of the year!

[title of this post references song by "until june" - sleepless]
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  1. uggg i am glad you are not officially in training too because that just sucks! i hope you can continue to get some more sleep, i know i cant function when i dont sleep so i cant imagine :( hope you are feeling better soon!

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  2. Wow, I had no idea about what happened last year around this time! You've gone through a lot! The sleeping issues will work themselves out. You mentioned that you were going to see your PCP, and I assume you followed up on that. I rarely go to the doctors, but no sleep and no appetite does not sound good! Glad you got one good night of sleep! Don't worry about running, a little rest will do you lots of good. Also, you did mention a while back that you like shorter training cycles.

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  3. There's a perfect time for everything...glad you can afford to take it easy and relax about not having to train! I remember last month you told me that your dad had told you to just be who you want to be, say what you want to say and don't care what any one else thinks...or something to that effect. Now I can see where he is coming from after going through what he did. That was actually something I needed to read today and I thank you for mentioning it. Cherish them all, each and every ONE of them. I hope you continue to take it easy but please, eat a little more than creamed corn for dinner girl!! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Maybe Monday was a turning point -- hope so. Take care of yourself, Lindsay!!!

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  5. Glad to hear you finally got *some* sleep! Take it easy and rest up, training starts soon!

    Regarding your Dad... holy heck that his NUTS!!! I'm glad he is ok!!!

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  6. I hope you are able to continue catching some ZZZZ's and that your appetite comes back. I guess if you don't get as much running in this week, that's alright. Enjoy the holiday season and like you said, hug and cherish your loved ones. Take care of yourself Lindsay!

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  7. I'm sorry about what happened to your dad. Your family must be grateful for a calmer Christmas this year.

    Once you get some rest and get back to eating normally, you'll feel like running. This is a perfect time to just relax!

    And thanks for the very nice comment on my blog! : )

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  8. i'm glad you got some sleep and a run. hope you are doing ok.

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  9. Glad you got some sleep. We seem to have similar sleep patterns. I got a good 12 hours last night too. But I've been eating enough for everyone. No loss of appetite here.

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  10. That 12 hours must have felt like pure bliss! Thank goodness things may be starting to turn for your sleeping issues!
    OMG with your Dad last year, what a crap thing-good thing the person was caught and hopefully serving some time for his choice he chose to make that day.
    Just goes to show how to take each day as it's your last, just because it just might be.
    Happy Holidays to and yours Lindsay! May you get many, many, many bags of M&M's this Christmas!

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  11. I feel for ya... It can be really frustrating when your body starts working against you. Hope you get whatever is ailing you worked out soon! Happy Holidays.

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  12. I'm really sorry about your dad. I'm relieved to know the wounds weren't life threatening.

    As for taking that pill, I think you were probably feeling a little desperate. And wow...12 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

    After reading about your sleep issues and that one story you linked to, I've been trying to sleep more. So, I've devoted 1 to 3 p.m. to "try" to sleep. I have all the kids in quiet time. Today I zonked for over 2 hours. Speaking of which, it's 11 p.m. I need to get that sleep.

    Hope you get yours, Lindsey. Have a good night.

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  13. Merry Christmas Lindsey and glad to hear you are getting some ZZZZ also. Listen to your body, keep getting some quality sleep along with fueling it with what it needs (even chocolate if necessary), and enjoy a relaxing time with family. There will be plenty of time to train later.

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  14. Happy Holidays. Congrats on the 12 hour sleep session. I haven't ran in 4 days now. I have been exercising doing other things, but am enjoying it, and my Christmas with my wife. Sometimes its good to just relax and reflect on life. But on my 5th day, I usually start getting restless leg syndrome. So a nice little 3-5 miler will do. I run because I love doing it. When not in training, if you feel like you HAVE to stick to a schedule or die, then what is it? I hope you feel better. Have a good one, and Merry Christmas. Feel better, and as Thomas says, chocolate!

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  15. That's great you got some sleep! Hopefully you'll get that appetite back too.

    And holy cannoli that's crazy about your dad. I'm so glad it all worked out in the end.

    Have a great holiday!

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  16. Holy crap I'm sorry for what you all went through with your dad last year...terrifying.

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  17. Wow! You've been through a lot!

    And double wow on the 12 hours of sleep!

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  18. FEEL BETTER SOON! Ugh, my sister's bf was an insomniac, so I wish he was here so I could figure out exactly how he got over his problem... I'm happy you broke your streak, because running hopefully will help..? Anyhow, stay strong, and happy holidays girl! Much love :)

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  19. I'm glad you got some sleep, even if some of it was because of the pain pill. Hope the sleep issue works itself out soon! Happy Holidays!!

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  20. I am glad you got some sleep! I hope it becomes more consist soon.

    Wow, I hope you and your family have a good holiday season, I cannot imagine going thru what you went thru last year.

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  21. wow, so glad your dad is doing ok, I remembered that happened but forgot it was right around Christmas!!! Hope you're feeling better soon girl, not being able to sleep is horrible....

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  22. ugh, I couldn't sleep between 1-3am last night and I thought of you-- it's so terrible and I can't imagine having that happen regularly!

    Hopefully you're back to eating and sleeping regularly soon.

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  23. I had a bout with lack of sleep at the end of the summer. This might sound weird, but I read a book about hypnosis and practiced some of the methods on myself while I was laying in bed at night.

    Mostly, it involved imagining myself somewhere and pretty much repeating the description of the place and the feelings I would be feeling there over and over in my head in a monotone "voice" while focusing on the picture I was drawing myself.

    It was hot in Florida at the end of the summer, so I usually imagined myself in a cabin in the snowy mountains. If I could keep my focus and not let my mind wander to other things, I was usually asleep within 10 minutes.

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  24. I am so sorry you went through that last year...and so happy to hear it had a happy ending! Perhaps the lack of sleep is related to that event..as tramatic as it was. It will (hopefully) pass. I hope you have an enjoyable holiday :)

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  25. I know how you feel. Lack of sleep sucks and really messes with your training. I haven't slept well in weeks which has put a huge damper on my runs. Glad your long winter's nap helped and your were able to hit the pavement again.

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