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:
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?