I am so looking forward to my first half-marathon in October, but I guess I was a little too ambitious: I had my first set-back. It is actually pretty difficult to stick to a tight running and fitness schedule when you have a full-time job, two blogs to manage and also work on your children’s book. I did not give my body enough rest and recovery time and – the worst part – I did not get enough sleep. But sleep is one of the most important factors during the recovery time. Thus, I really need to work on that. So, for the next two weeks I try to eat and live healthy, following these rules:

  • Increase your sleep period by up to two hours per night during the week.
  • Reduce light exposure in the evening, including light from screens such as phones and tablets. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants for four to six hours before bedtime.
  • Maintain your usual training schedule, unless you usually run after 6 p.m. In that situation, try exercising earlier in the day.
  • If possible, avoid extra stress during the week (this is going to be tough). For example, postpone meetings and other responsibilities that might cause middle-of-the-night mulling.

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I will let you know, how it goes.

xoxo

photo credit: V’s World, Michael (a.k.a. moik) McCullough (flickr), Creative Commons 2.0