How did you sleep last night? Did you get enough sleep to have a good run this morning? Here is a fantastic infographic about sleep (click the graphic to enlarge it). Campers at the Boulder Running Camps hear my say this every year: your mom wants you to change your diet to become a better runner, yet the campers probably don’t get enough sleep to support your training. Obviously having both dialed in is best but sleep, along with hydration, is almost always undervalued by high school runners, as well as collegiate and adult runners. I slept 9 hours every night during college to support 85 miles a week in singles. For me it was the only way to handle the training. The importance of sleep for runners can not be overstated.
Check out this short story on a Alan Feneca, former NFL lineman who broke 4 hours. I would love to know what his training program looked like, specifically his long runs. With his fiber type you could argue that a cross fit endurance approach might be good, as long as he’s getting in a few long-long runs where he teaches his body to utilize fat as a fuel source.
Have a great week and look for a couple of posts this week.
Thanks to Skyler Cummins for helping with this week’s reading.