Showing posts with label insomnia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label insomnia. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Trust your waiter at your own peril

Yeah, sure you are...
Today's run (treadmill): 25 minutes

There are certain things we know we shouldn't do, but we do them anyway. These things are often situational. For me, it's the decision to order coffee after a business lunch. There's nothing wrong with coffee, but I am extremely sensitive to the amount of caffeine I can keep in my system. A little goes a long way for me and I find it a legitimate performance supplement for running.  But having caffeine too late in the day generally disrupts my night's sleep.

While caffeinated coffee affects me, decaf doesn't. At home I can confidently brew a pot of decaf when entertaining friends at night and drop off to sleep without a problem. The problem happens when I order decaf in a restaurant and get regular coffee. I've had enough experience to know that, even after stressing the word decaf and then verifying that the cup placed in front of me contains it, there's a percentage chance that I've been given the fully caffeinated brew.

Caffeine version please
That's exactly what happened to me yesterday at lunch. I thought about the risk, but ordered it anyway. It wasn't until I was tossing and turning in bed last night that I realized what I'd done. If I was a chemist, I'd look for a way of sampling coffee to instantly determine the presence or percentage of caffeine in the cup. It could be like the color-changing chemical that police use to determine if a suspected substance contains cocaine.

I think I could make a lot of money marketing that to caffeine-sensitive people. It would also allow me to take waiters to task for botching my order. That would be much better than cursing them at midnight as I wait to fall asleep.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sudafed, insomnia and a surprisingly good run

Today's run (street): 3.4 miles

I got up early this morning but didn't get out for today's run until almost 1:00 PM. I had a rough night's sleep, probably because I'd taken pseudoephedrine before I'd gone to bed. Sudafed is a great decongestant but it tends to keep me up at night. By 4:50 AM I knew I wasn't going to fall back to sleep and I considered going for a run with my headlamp. However, I was feeling the sleep debt and opted for coffee instead.

Before long, our morning's schedule took priority and I considered just taking Monday as a rest day. I usually skip my workout on Mondays but vacations can change things. Tomorrow's schedule starts early so I questioned whether I'd be able to get out at all on Tuesday. Despite feeling a little tired I changed into my running gear and headed outside, targeting about 30 minutes to run.

I'm happy to say that my sinus headache is gone but I thought I'd have a tough time between the late start time, hot sun and high humidity. The first couple of minutes felt harder than normal but by mile one I'd literally hit my stride. From there I cruised through the rest of my run, taking a different set of roads than I normally follow on a weekday run.

I can't explain why today's run went so well but I will give some credit to my new stride and strike. It's always nice to have a good run when you expect to struggle. It's a far better experience than when it goes the other way.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When the little hand is on the 2, go back to bed

Today's workout (elliptical): 25 minutes

This morning started an hour earlier than planned because I woke up and misread the clock. It took me a minute to realize the error but I caught myself before heading downstairs for coffee. I'd felt exhausted by the thought of going out for a run but as soon as I realized the clock said 2:50, and not 3:50, I felt wide awake. So awake, in fact, that I barely fell back to sleep. After an hour's tossing and turning, I needed to face my workout for real.

Given my tired state, I decided to stay indoors so I wouldn't need to deal with all my running, reflective and illumination gear. I looked back and forth between the treadmill and the elliptical and chose the latter because it's a quieter piece of machinery and quiet was preferable. I was significantly more alert by the end of the session and I'd worked up quite a sweat in the process. I'm hoping that this energy boost will carry me through the day.

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