I’ve gotten a few emails in the last few weeks about readers/runners feeling extra tired after their runs. The timing is funny because I took a short nap after my long run this weekend. I don’t consider myself a “nap person” and Ben and I have had fights about this (like when he wants to take a lazy Saturday nap and I want to do 56 other things).(nataliedee.com)
But, sometimes during training (or after a night in Vegas) I need a nap!(Side note: That picture is from my Bachelorette party where I was not tired at all but thought this was hilarious. I’m sure you’d find it more funny after a few vodka tonics too.)
Today I read in Self magazine that a full night’s rest is key to recovery after a tough workout. When you’re sleeping your body is repairing and strengthening your muscles (and you might be less sore too).
I say I’m not a napper, but I am religious about getting enough sleep at night. Before “bed time” I count backwards to when I need to wake up to make sure I’ll get at least 7 hours, preferably 8. If you get up at the same time every day for work or school that’s easy to do (my schedule changes daily).
But, another vital part of keeping your energy levels high is the make sure and fuel within 30 minutes of your workout. I know this is not always convenient, doesn’t make sense if you don’t know the science behind it, is counterintuitive if you’re trying to lose weight.
But do it. Do it.
I swear I can feel the difference when I eat within 30 minutes of a run versus times I don’t. And that is why I eat in my sweaty clothes. Rrrright
Let’s talk about it…
Do you take naps?
Eat within 30 minutes of working out?
Take embarrassing pictures of yourself and post them on the internet?
Yes, yes and yes.