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More running, less sleep?

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Post  grennifer Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:25 pm

I am starting to pick my mileage back up running wise, which for me means less sleep.



No, I am not getting up at 3am to run. But, whenever I run longer distances I can't sleep the following night. Yesterday, after running 10 miles, I slept about 3 hours that night. In January I ran an ultra and slept only about an hour the night after.



Why is it that the more I run, the less I can sleep.



Help.
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Post  John Kilpatrick Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:30 pm

When do you normally run? I know I do a lot of evening workouts and then it takes me a while to wind down and be able to sleep. Sort of sucks, I agree!

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Post  Mike MacLellan Tue Sep 13, 2011 11:44 pm

If it's disrupting your sleep that much, you're putting on too much, too fast. Ease it up until your sleeping resumes normally then bump the miles SLOWLY. That's a very clear sign of overreaching and bordering on overtraining.

That said, I sleep less per night (7-8 hours usually) now that I run lots than I did before I started running (9-10 hours).
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Post  Jerry Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:24 am

Mike MacLellan wrote:If it's disrupting your sleep that much, you're putting on too much, too fast. Ease it up until your sleeping resumes normally then bump the miles SLOWLY. That's a very clear sign of overreaching and bordering on overtraining.

That said, I sleep less per night (7-8 hours usually) now that I run lots than I did before I started running (9-10 hours).

I thought of the same thing that insomnia was one of the over training signs. One doesn't conclude it, but you can back off a little to see what happens.
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Post  Jack_Scaff Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:25 am

I'm a horrible sleeper these days - aside from the "piling on too much theory" could you be disrupting your internal clock by waking at different times?



I get up at 4:20 when I have to do a longer mid week run, and it seems that more often than not I get up around then on weekdays regardless.
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Post  Julie Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:19 am

just sleeping 2-3 hrs in one night is different than just sleeping 7 or 8 hrs at night. Maybe you have too much on your mind? Or something is too much...
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Post  grennifer Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:13 pm

I appreciate all of your comments. I don't really think I am over-training. All I did was a 10 mile run, which for me is not anything special. No matter how gradual I go, it seems whenever I begin to plus up for a marathon I never sleep well the night after an LSD.
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