Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tuesday 6 miles.

It was one of those days that I wish I had done more often back when I was training truly big volume, I didn't push through my fatigue for the sake of my training numbers. I slept maybe 4 hours last night, and that was broken. I was up at 4am and felt terrible like a hang over. Started my run with the goal of doing a quality track workout (8 X 1000 in 3:15 on 400 in 1:25) but 20 steps in I knew I was done, legs were empty. So I jogged for 6 miles very easy then came home and ate a huge bowl of corn grits. Jo didn't have to work until noon so I laid down to sleep and woke up just before noon.. The fatigue is my delayed response to the weekend. I was optimistic after feeling good yesterday that I may have skipped it this time, but no such luck. Sunday I felt great... but 48 hours after the 10k my legs were feeling it.
Tonight will be our first night of letting Ben cry himself to sleep. He wants comfort from Jo around 9pm every night, but tonight he's going to have to start to learn to get himself back to sleep. Neither of us feel very good about doing it but were both operating on the smallest amount of sleep we've ever experienced so we're at our ropes end. I've had maybe 2-3 good nights sleep in the past 10 months, averaging maybe 6 hours a night.


kerrie said...

welcome to my world ;)...no sleep is no fun! I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown on Sat. I'm not really into the CIO approach cause I think it is pretty stressful for most parents but you have to find something that works for you. I've heard that the "no-cry sleep solution" by Pantley and Sears is supposed to be good. I know - totally unsolicited parenting advice....hope you figure it out!

The 311 Boys Mom said...

It gets better, the sleep thing. My 3 1/2 yr old did great for months & about every 6 months he tries to change things on us, like coming into our bed at 1:30am & no matter how long I wait to move him he wakes up & wants to stay up. OR will only go to sleep if you sleep on his floor, MY husband will do this jsut so he can sleep for some time period, I won't, I hate the floor.

If you let it happen it take about 10 days to stop. If you nip it in the bud, you should be able to fix the 'problem' in 3-4 VERY LONG nights. you'll feel horrible (bad parent), more tired than befoer & want to give in because its easier, btu it'll jsut take longer later to fix.

I"m speaking from experience. . . It sucks & will get better, but you have to be the bad guy first.

I went through his all with my 15 yr old & he came into my room till he was 9, middle of the night, I'd wake up & he'd be curled up at the foot of my bed.

3 long nights, you can do that; YOU"RE AN ELTIE ATHLETE!!! :o)

Brett said...

I'm with your other commenters on the crying thing. With twins, we had no choice. :) Ours will wake up from time to time now and whimper, but usually fall right back to sleep. It took some getting used to letting them just cry, but eventually they realize you aren't going to come every time they cry, and amazingly, the crying stops.

We bought a book called 12 Weeks to 12 Hour Sleep and it was a life saver. We still don't get enough, but we are better than most I think. :) Good luck!

The 311 Boys Mom said...

My goal is a Half Marathon, April 28 (Counrty Music maybe) & a full in Sept 08 (Virginia Beach).
I'm overweight, and NEVER been athletic. THis is all VERY new & sometimes VERY uncomfortable! :o)
Like shin splints?? That's crap! & the whole breathing thing, I can't ever seem to get right.
But I keep trying & slowly its getting better; I'm not trying to set any records, I just want to do something I can be proud of & others will be proud of me for doing!
Lame, I know, but I crave approval. :o)
BWT, my 15 yr old that kept coming in my room till he was 9, I never tried to stop it, I thought that was mean. & PArker is NEVER mad in the morning, even if he cried himself to sleep (4 times that's happened)--I cried in the hall, with him crying in his room :o)

Vanilla said...

As a parent of 2 young boys (ages 2 and 4) I can remember those nights. As hard as it is I highly recommend letting them cry themselves back to sleep if possible.

We read a book called Baby Wise (actually written by a Pediatrician at Avista Hospital in Louisville) and both our boys were sleeping 13+ hours a night by the time they were 2 - 3 months. Even now they still sleep 12 hours and rarely get up during the night. I'm convinced it was because of the advice in this book.

(And no, in case you were wondering I don't get any royalties or kick-backs.) ;)