If you’ve ever considered training for a half marathon, you may have been intimidated by the amount of time you have to dedicate to running, strength training, and cross training. I’m not going to lie and tell you that it’s easy. It IS hard work – but worth it. Even the scenery is beautiful.
Since finding my running club, I am less likely to not run. For me, I really need to be held accountable. If I say I will meet you somewhere, I will be there. However, if I just tell myself “Tuesday, you’re going to run two miles.” I probably won’t. It’s so easy to break promises to yourself, isn’t it?
How to Sleep Well during Half Marathon Training
Remember that sleeping well is important to your body’s recovery. If you don’t sleep well, you won’t recover well. From the reading I’ve done, 7-9 hours is best. I shoot for seven hours a night, and that seems to suit me well. Log your sleep for a week and keep track of how you feel to learn how much your body needs.
1| Go to bed early. I try to go to bed by 10PM, even on weekends. We know how important sticking to a schedule is for our children, and it’s just as important for adults!
2| Reduce technology. Limit computers, tablets, and cell phones an hour before bed. Reading or working just before bed get your mind racing and your endorphins going.
3| Cut back on your alcohol consumption.
4| Address your aches and pains. As you train for a half marathon, you may notice more aches and pains that sneak up at night. When you’re unable to sleep because of the time spent tossing and turning in pain, it can be frustrating. That all changed when I discovered Advil® PM. Advil® PM combines the trusted pain relieving power of Advil® with a non-habit forming sleep aid.
You can find Advil® PM at your neighborhood Walgreens in the pain reliever aisle.