Sleep Schedule Messed Up – Concerned

I am a bit worried. I had a very careful sleep regimen lined up for the 5 days before I start for the record. Last night I was supposed to be asleep by
2 a.m. and wake at 10 to 10:30 a.m. I failed on both sides. First I had insomnia – it was 6:30 a.m. before I finally knocked off. And then (disaster) I woke at 10:09 a.m. It seems I couldn’t stop wondering what time it was. I tossed and turned wondering and then woke up to find that it was way too early. Not good. Less than 4 hours of sleep last night. My physical training regimen has been great, but I am afraid if I can’t relax a bit I might have to start with a deficit in the pre-rest department.

On the other bright side, my fastest 10k run ace ever occurred after a drunken night out and on only 50 minutes of sleep. And I started the run still drunk no less! Yes, for some reason I was drinking the night before. I had great intentions for that race; I never did figure out why I ended up drinking the night before, but sometimes life is just like that. I didn’t get home that night until 5 a.m. The race had a 7 a.m. start time and though I felt awful upon wakening, but in the end I crushed that race. I crushed it. My fastest time ever. If memory serves, I felt sober by the finish line. (It was something like 7:20 minute miles if I recall, which for me, back in the day, was an amazing time.)

Well, I am hoping with two nights of sleep yet before the event kicks off (Wed, June 2 at noon) I will be able to relax a bit and get some much needed sleep in.


In other ‘record attempt’ regimen news….

Yesterday (during my workout) I felt like a gazelle. My 24 minute scheduled run morphed into a 50 minute one. It was as if all my super human mind tricks about having incredible endurance (for not sleeping) had somehow trickled over into my exercise regimen. I felt amazing. If I wasn’t trying to time all my physiological needs so precisely for this upcoming event everything in me felt like cranking out a semi enduro run (maybe 90 minutes or so.)

Today I have a 40 minute gym routine planned. And tomorrow a 30 minute routine. And the next day at noon I start.


Later for now

Phil Laak
Degen for Life