Running with nut jobs - a path down insanity lane.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Putting the Beast to Bed
"There are two types of people in this world, good and bad. The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more." - Woody Allen
You've built a base, you've trained, you've tapered . Now it's time to go to sleep.
Most normal adults need 7 - 8 hours of sleep a night to receive maximum benefits. Mutants need only about 5 or 6 hours.
A good nights' sleep will reward you with sharper cognitive functions in the morning - decision making, reasoning and memory. For the big race this translates into smarter running, knowing when to refuel and not getting lost.
So how do you go to sleep when you're all keyed up?
Have a light snack - 1/2 a turkey or peanut butter sandwich with a glass of warm milk, perhaps.
Get rid of all distractions. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet.
Shake out any lingering stress. Toss the day's pressure out the window.
Close your eyes and take deep, slow breaths. Visualize how perfect tomorrow will be.
See you at the race. Good night everybody. Zzzzzzzzzzz . . . . .