The world conspired against me

I don’t know about you guys, but when I run anything 20 miles or longer, I need a little nap at some point afterward. Not a long one–15-20 minutes will do me–but a little downtime to get through the rest of my day with a smile on my face.

Saturday I ran 22 with my friends, three of the final four being a local 5k that both my kids were doing. Finished up feeling good and happy to have the last long one under my belt for Boston. The kids both did a great job too (my youngest shaved six minutes off her 5k from a week ago!). Went home, showered, ate, and then Mr. Zippy was kind enough to take the kids off to run some errands.

I settled into my favorite chair with the Hunger Games in hand. After just a few pages I started nodding off. And then:

  • IMG 0540 224x300 The world conspired against me

    Connor had other ideas than supporting my nap

    The phone rang–one of the kids’ friends looking for them. I go back to pursuing sleep.

  • The dog starts whining to go out. Get up, let him out/back in and try to fall back to sleep.
  • My phone starts receiving texts. Try to ignore the constant chime reminding me I haven’t read the messages. Nod off again.
  • The cat starts meowing loudly–she’s been shut in the basement. Let her out, go back to my chair.
  • Finally, some peace and quiet. I get maybe 10 minutes of sleep in, and then the family returns.

Ugh! Some days, as much as the body needs its rest, it’s just not going to happen. For just those few hours, I’d love to be an elite who can arrange his/her entire days/schedules around doing all he/she needs to recover for the next workout. But alas, I am just a human runner with a family and obligations. The good thing is–I still think the trade-off is worth it.

Are naps a regular part of you recovery routine?

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  1. When I was younger and training hard I needed sleep, but now I can spend the whole day working in the garden after a long run…
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  2. I wish I wish I WISH.
    and yet if I had the time to nap—it wouldnt be my life :)
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  3. I’ve got three little ones, and never get a nap after any long run- or any peace and quiet to speak of:) I sometimes think the same thing about how nice it would be to be elite for a day and train and recover like one! I’m sure you are glad that 20 is done! Have a good day:)
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  4. You have a grey?! Me too. Hugs to him!!

  5. No they’re not, but then again, my furthest distance is ten miles… So perhaps I don’t deserve a nap.
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  6. I really can’t nap. Last week after the Publix marathon everyone else wanted a nap and I needed one, too. I got up at 4:30 am on Saturday for a flight and again Sunday for the race, but I just couldn’t sleep. I sleep well at night but I’m wide awake during the day.
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  7. I love a post long run nap but can’t remember the last time I had one. I relate with every point you have on your list and agree…it’s worth the trade-off.
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  8. First of all….kudos to you for finishing your 22 miler! Now it’s taper time! I do love a post long run nap but lately my husband and I are working like a tag team. When I get home, he is out the door to the gym and I am up for toddler duty!
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  9. I WISH I could get some sleep after a hard workout. My body is all full of energy before and after. I don’t sleep well the night before a long run or race. After the long miles, I’m usually on my feet all day fulfilling baking/cooking obligations, but that’s my weekend fun so I guess that counts as relaxation time although my feet would argue.
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  10. Wish I knew how to take a nap? My wife can zonk out in the middle of the day, I cannot do it? I try and it never happens? Too antsy!
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  11. I hate it when all I want is a nap and there are just a million other things happening, dogs barking, phone ringing, husband doing something, etc., but I’ve certainly been there. Nice work on the last long run before Boston!
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  12. I don’t know how you only need a 20 minute nap! I spent 2 hours running yesterday and 1.5 hours at AllSports Recovery in Boulder(ice bath, napped for 30 minutes while wearing the normatec compression boots, tiger sticked my legs, 10 minutes on the power plate) and I still needed a 30 minute nap later in the day. I’m glad I was old(son is grown & lives in NYC) when I found running – I don’t think I could do it with little kids. all you Moms with children at home are amazing!
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  13. Oh I agree!! The days when I really feel myself falling asleep, something precludes me from taking that nap…on the days when I have the luxury of an afternoon nap (son is napping, hubby takes son outside, etc), I can’t seem to fall asleep. But I appreciate the quiet time nonetheless!
    Hope your 22 miler was great – congrats to your kids for great races!!
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  14. I’m not a big nap person usually, but I do remember after one 20 miler, I was in a different town and waiting for a friend to get home from work (I didn’t have a key), and I literally parked my car in a parking garage and took a nap in my car, I was sooo tired! Haha!

    Congrats on your last long run before Boston! Woo hoo!
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  15. After Saturday’s race + long warmup, I napped for about three hours. Then I slept in extra long Sunday. Yeah, naps are important in my recovery process. That and beer. Cheers!
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  16. I typically need a nap if I run 20 feet or longer!

  17. I am a terrible napper. I mean I can’t seem to just lay there and sleep. Yes, for one the kids NEVER leave me be and two well, I don’t have an answer for 2 I just can’t sleep during the day.
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  18. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a nap but if I’m sick naps are the best medicine for me. Hope you feel rested up!
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  19. I had this happen to me on Saturday after my long run. I was sitting on the couch watching tv and nodded off while sitting up. Then I sulked down to where my head was on the arm rest and drooled all over the place. The kids were making fun of me. :)
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  20. I try to put a nap in there if at all possible after a long run. Like you said sometimes it just doesnt happen for some rhyme or reason. Congrats on your 22 miles girl. Boston here comes MissZippy. So excited for you to run Boston again.

  21. I HAVE to have a nap after long workouts like that…and the family knows it. Fortunately I can sleep through anything when I’m that pooped out. After Saturday’s brick, I took my first ice bath of the season and then the kids wrapped me up in blankets they heated up in the dryer for me. Within a few minutes I was down for the count :-)
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  22. Wow, a short nap helps you that much! Lucky you. I do know the feeling though…naps are essential.
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  23. Nice going on 22 miles and how nice of your husband to take the kids out so you could nap… sorry it didn’t happen!

    I have never run 22 miles, of course, but after my 8 miler on Saturday I felt like I could nap and that quite surprised me! I have never experienced that before.

    So excited for your Boston marathon coming up.
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  24. I hate when that happens!
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  25. Oh I can so relate! Congrats on the final 22! Me too! Was so tired yesterday but feels so good to be done!! 17 next week and then 13 and then BOSTON!!!

  26. Oh man, that sounds exactly like my life. Way to go on your mileage! Awesome!
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  27. i hate when that happens!!!! i used to always nap after a LR but, for some reason, i got out of the habit.
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  28. I ABSOLUTELY love naps! Fortunately my longer runs are always on Saturdays when my husband can deal with the kids. I make them have “quiet time” still on all the days they are home with me, but they don’t really sleep, so any nap I can snatch on those days is short. I’m looking forward to all-day kindergarten next year, which should mean I can grab a nap on most Thursdays and Fridays too.
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  29. P.S. I *love* Connor. Is he a whippet? I grew up with two whippets, Twiggy and Billy, and a greyhound, Ryan. Sighthounds are the best!
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  30. Goodness isn’t this the truth. My husband will do amazing things like that for me and it never seems to work out. Ah life in the fast lane. :-)
    At least we have super supportive husbands that try to make naps happen for us.
    Congrats on your last long run!
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  31. ugh is right!

  32. yeah, that sounds about right! I wish I could nap, I have a hard enough time just sleeping normally at night : ) Great job on the 22, getting excited for you!
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  33. I can totally relate! Just ran my 22 with my friend on Friday and tried to sneak away for 20 minute nap until my 7 year old found me…then it was bring the kids to school fundraiser, pick kids up from Lacrosse practice, get Dairy Queen treat for all (me too-I deserved it!), and then host a sleepover… Love your blog-hope to run into you in Boston

  34. With 3 little boys? Nope. I wish they were though!
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  35. Oh, yes! Now that I’m not putting in really long Sat runs, I find I don’t need them as much, but with 15 and above, I love getting in some sort of nap. Makes such a difference!
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  36. I love them but I feel so guilty taking them after a LR and usually my husband is ready to go to the gym or somewhere else when I get back….
    I do take one after every half marathon though…
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  37. I always have a very difficult time falling asleep after a long run, my body just twitches and I just can’t do it, despite how much I want to.

    Next time, turn your phone off and open the door for the animals :).
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  38. I started napping at lunch late last year when I was training for my IM. I can’t do it every day but it definitely does help even if it is only 20 minutes (although I would much prefer a couple of hours sometimes!) :)
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  39. Hooray on the final 22!
    And I know what you mean. Thankfully dh and kids know what a bear I can be if I’m over-tired so they usually let me grab a quick nap. And double thankfully I can sleep pretty anywhere in spite of noise or interruptions.
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  40. Kind of reminds me of Ryan Hall talking about how he takes a 2 hour nap and calls it his business meeting! hahaha. I know what you mean. We get the pleasantness of dealing with other things that tend to interrupt, but the things that matter. Take care. I usually just make the dog take a nap too. lol
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  41. I feel so much better after a long run if I can squeeze in a little nap, if I can turn my brain off long enough that is!
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  42. congrats on the 22 w/ friends! man, I can’t even imagine running that far, at one time! lol

    as for sleep, some days when i really want/need a little nap, it’s the same thing, it NEVER happens or something is always coming up, to where I just say FORGET it, put a pot of coffee on and drink up!
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  43. Oh yep I hear ya,
    Ps just finished hunger games and saw the movie, Tween culture typically never appeals to me but I’m so glad a few of my friends talked me into the idea.
    Sorry if misspelling I’m on the elliptical as I type Stupid shin

  44. I agree. A nap is essential! I’m so excited for you and your progress! It really makes me so happy! And congrats to your youngest! That’s a big PR time for a 5K!
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  45. Last long run before Boston done! Yay!

    As for the nap thing…yeah never gonna happen in my house. I usually get back in time to quickly shower and then get on with my job as Mom’s Taxi service – then again I don’t run 22 miles! :)
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  46. Naps and a word that has naps in it are part (a major part) of recovery…..that word PANCAKES!
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  47. OH MAN!! That sucks!! I totally need a nap after a long run.

    Connor is a CUTIE!!
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  48. Sorry your nap was interrupted :( Napping has never been for me, I just can’t sleep during the day unless I have a migraine.
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  49. Yep, usually anything over 12-13 miles I need to lay down (if I can) for a bit. with a four year old, it’s not usually possible but when I can I do!
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  50. I didn’t nap on Sat, after my last 20 miler, but I did fall asleep on the living room floor while watching TV that evening. I slept a solid 8 hours before I woke up and went upstairs to sleep in bed, for an additional 2 hours! My husband tried to wake me up, and was unsuccessful. I also sacked out for another 2 hours after church on Sunday! I was wiped out! Usually I take a nap on Sundays, but for the past couple weeks missed out, I guess I saved it all up for this past weekend!
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  51. I would love to regularly nap after long runs, but I don’t think that’s ever happened since I became a running mom! Pre-baby, I always got in a post long run nap. It was glorious. Great job with your 22!!

  52. I love a good nap after a long run. I go take the phone off the hook. Turn my mobile to silent. Then take myself off to the bedroom and shut the door. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many precautions I take. I hope you get a good rest next time.
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  53. I sometimes take a nap at the end of the afternoon after my long run on Saturday. Depends on how I feel. Most of the times I just keep going all day because running gives me energy.

    But I hate being disturbed during a nap too. At least the dog never bothers me because as soon as I lie down on the couch for a nap, she jumps on it and lies next to me.
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  54. Bet you slept well that night!
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  55. Man there mus be a lot of boyfriends/ dads out there on sat and sundays taking care of the brood while tired moms get their naps in….

  56. Longer than 20 and you need a nap? My wall is at 10. Double digits in the morning, and no matter what I do, I doze off in the afternoon.
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  57. If I don’t get a mini nap after my long runs on Saturday, I usually end up asleep on the couch at 8pm! That stinks you kept getting woken up, but 10 mins is still good!
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  58. I LOVE naps. I could nap every day if my schedule would allow…. And for me, its not only when I run 20 miles LOL
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