I asked this question on my Facebook page last week, and was amazed at the number of you who wake up in the 4 or 5 o’clock hour to run or get in your workout!
I am a pretty solid 6-something girl… generally, when our daughter gets up, we get up, and I head out from there around 6:30 or 7am.
One morning last week, my husband had to leave the house at 6:45 am and I had an 8 mile training run on the schedule. With evening plans, my only option was to set the alarm and get out early.
So I was up at 5:10 and out the door by 5:25am. It was dark, but for the most part the streetlights lit the way. I have to admit that I was a bit freaked out by the dark and didn’t really feel safe until half way in when the sun rose at 5:55am.
I think I dressed bright enough, right?!
As everyone promised, it did feel amazing to have my run done by 6:30am and still have my whole morning ahead of me. I felt energized until about 3:00pm when I felt my energy slowing draining out of me.
I am not a coffee drinker and have been working hard at eating for sustained energy throughout the day (more on this soon- it works!) But I don’t think you can trick a missed 90 minutes of sleep.
It was a sluggish hour or two until dinner. I’ve learned this one many times before, but I need my sleep!
How much is different for everyone, but I feel my best on 8 hours. I wish I could function well on 6 hours… I could be so much more productive!
Some of the benefits of getting enough sleep include:
- faster recovery time for training (as your mileage increases, your body needs more sleep to repair and rebuild itself)
- better control of hunger (lack of sleep suppresses your appetite satiation hormones)
- more productivity and steady energy levels
- balanced blood sugar
- stronger immune system
- better mood (this one is definitely true for me!)
PS- For more tips and support to improve your running, there is still time to join the virtual coaching group, whether or not you join the Fall 5 and 10. Details here!
How early do you get up to workout?
How much sleep do you need to feel your best?