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Monday, October 25, 2010

Insomnia and Early Morning Run are not a matched made in heaven.

I have always struggled with insomnia for most of adult life and it really has not interfered too much with daily life. I have always fallen asleep easily but struggled with staying asleep and can be up for 2 or 3 hours in the middle of the night.  This has made it hard to wake up early and go for a run. When I started running in 2005, I was engaged but we were living apart so if I needed to sleep in and work out at night no problem.  Even when we got married, J often worked at night or had class so i continue to run after work.

Once I had L Boogie, my insomnia got better for a while probably because I was so tired I slept whenever I could get it.  Once we were on a schedule and I was back at work my insomnia came back too.  Unfortunately I cant sleep in anymore and I cant sneak in missed runs at night due J's schedule.  I used to put L Boogie in the jogger after work but now it is dark and getting cold to do that. 

The only conclusion I have come to is I either have to suck it up and run on 3 or 4 hours of sleep or we need a treadmill to try to get some workouts in. Now if I can only convince J that we NEED a treadmill and find a place to put.

I guess there is no real point to the post... just some middle of the night ramblings from an insomniac runner!


  1. I'm in the same boat! For some reason, I can get up easier in the spring and summer, but cannot bear to rise this fall at all!!!
    I've had to move some weekday runs to the treadmill but still get out on the weekends.
    I would check out craigslist or Play It Again Sports for a 'mill. You could save some $!

  2. My husband and I just got a treadmill last month and we love it. We opted for a cheap one because we only plan on using it for a couple of months in the winter, but it's working out so far. This is what we got if you're interested:


  3. A treadmill is great if you have little ones. It definitely kept me sane. You can do your run while keeping an eye on the kiddies, cooking a pot of chili on the stove and watching Oprah on TV.

    Craigslist it!