Too Tired to Trot

Since the clocks went back a month ago, my sleep patterns have been totally irregular.  I’ve been falling asleep around 9 p.m. only to wake up between hours of 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and I remain wide awake for a few hours unable to fall back to sleep.   Then, around 4:00 a.m., my body is ready for my morning nap.  With this awful disruptive sleep pattern, it’s been a real struggle to find the motivation to run.  Needless to say, this has been a week full of rest.


I had pre-registered to run in the Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, but with my lack of a decent night’s sleep, I simply did not have the mental or physical strength to deal with another race.  After dealing with the crowd and my heat exhaustion of the Women’s Half Marathon last Sunday, I simply couldn’t face it again for Thursday’s 10K Turkey Trot.  So, I blew off the race and didn’t regret it one bit.

6 miles


Ave Pace 10:08


However, I did manage to run 6 miles a little later that morning and it was lovely.  The streets were peaceful, not a car on the road.  The weather was beautiful and so were all the wonderful aromas of Thanksgiving throughout my neighborhood.  I could smell exactly what items were on each neighbor’s Thanksgiving menu as I ran past their houses.  With whiffs of baking bread and roasting turkeys combined with a quiet gorgeous morning, I was truly thankful for my Thanksgiving morning run.


On Saturday, Tiffany and I ran 10 miles.  With the Holiday Halfathon only 3 weeks away, we weren’t quite sure how to train for another half-marathon so close to our last one.  We figured 10 miles offered a much needed step back and a good base to train back up to a half marathon.  Since we were both pretty sore from the half marathon, we took the 10 miles easy and didn’t push ourselves too hard.

10 miles


Ave Pace 12:06


And, Saturday was the last time I ran.  With my awful sleep patterns, all I want to do is stay in bed.  Hopefully, I’ll run tomorrow.  *yawn* We’ll see.


  1. TBrown says:

    Long distance running increases your sense of smell and hearing several-fold. (Or so say the Marathon Monks of Mt. Hiei in Japan) .
    Although it is probably easier to smell food on Thanksgiving day.

    It was my first trot this year and it was a lot of fun!

    You may be overtraining. Try focusing on running 60 or 75 minutes instead of distance and if you are running too fast to carry on a conversation, you are probably training too fast and too far. Enjoy your runs, don’t make them painful.

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