I almost talked myself out of going running last night while I was doing the stretches. I was tired. The night before this last one, I didn’t sleep well. I woke up with a start after 5 hours of sleep. After fifteen minutes of agitated tossing and turning, I got up, made myself a cup of Echinacea and Chamomile tea, put on headphones to listen to music, and worked on something for a couple of hours. Then, I set the alarm to avoid oversleeping and slept another hour. I have found it is better to get up in these situations than spend the time trying unsuccessfully to fall back to sleep. If I haven’t managed it in fifteen minutes, it isn’t likely to happen. I wouldn’t mind waking up in the middle of the night if it was due to a sudden flash of inspiration. It is usually, though, an excess of worry bubbling to the surface.
I hadn’t been running since Saturday. It was too cold from Sunday to Tuesday. Last night, it was a temperate 18 degrees with no wind. The flags in front of the building at one of the turn around points were hanging still. I went 4.8 miles. I ran out of steam about a mile from the end. I could have curled up on the spot and fallen asleep. I made it home alright. I showered, ate, and cleaned up with my eyes half closed and then went to bed. For the first 5 hours, I was oblivious to the world. I was awake every half of an hour looking at the clock and then turning over for the next two. A good night’s sleep is currently the weakest link in my healthiness plan. It does happen that I sleep deeply for 8 hours with only one sleepy break in the middle. I am paying attention to how well I sleep and the circumstances of the day. I have eliminated all the obvious impediments to a good night’s sleep. I don’t have caffeine any more. I don’t watch movies or TV before I go to bed. Running in the evening has increased the frequency of the good sleeps. The reason for Tuesday night’s interrupted sleep might have been that I hadn’t been running in a few days. Time will tell. I have my focus on it now.
Once I was running last night, I was happy to be out there. It was a peaceful night. Eighteen degrees felt warm after the sub-zero temperatures of earlier in the week. There was a light cloud cover and only the moon was visible in the night’s sky. The predicted temperature for this evening’s run is 24 degrees with the wind out of the northwest at 11 mph giving a feels-like temperature of 13 degrees.
Take care and thanks for reading.