March 29, 2004

Pretty good run today!

My wakeup HR was 48. I had a pretty good run. I could tell I was starting to get tired towards the end, but nothing like Saturday.

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March 27, 2004

Too much stress

My wakeup HR was 49. I completed my 3.6 mile run but was tired on the last half, indicating my body is still adjusting to my stress of the past two weeks.

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March 23, 2004

High stress :(

My wakeup HR was 50. I'm still not sleeping well, and that is keeping my HR high. Stress factors are high right now in my life, and I wake up after 5-51/2 hours sleep and don't go back to sleep. I just got up, but I feel like I have just finished a marathon.

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March 22, 2004

Aborted the run

My wakeup HR was 48. I felt tired when I woke up, and my run confirmed it. I cut the run short (2+ miles) and walk/jogged back, picking up some litter along the way. Wind gusts of 10-20 mph didn't help, either.

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March 20, 2004

Taking a rest this weekend

My wakeup HR was 48. I still feel tired, so I'm resting over the weekend and will run on Monday.

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March 19, 2004

It's as simple as that!

My wakeup HR was 54, indicating my body is still reacting to Tuesday night. Younger runners might have a bit less reaction, but the principle is the same: insufficient sleep puts a stress on your body!

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March 18, 2004

Not sleeping well

My wakeup HR was 52 today (I didn't sleep very well Tuesday night due to some stress I was under). I slept well last night, but I need a few days to recover. My next run will be Saturday.

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March 15, 2004

My hamstring was tight

Even though I slept well last night, my wakeup HR was 48, indicating my body is still adjusting to normal sleep. After about a mile into my run, my left ham tightened up. I stopped and stretched it, but it was tight for another 8/10 mile. I stretched it again at my turn-around point, and it felt fine for the rest of the run. I slowed my pace a bit on the way back.

March 14, 2004

March 13, 2004

Still under stress

I'm not sure what my problem has been this week, but I haven't slept well at all, and that has boosted my HR and left me feeling tired. I've been going to bed at a reasonable time but have been waking up early, a sign of stress. I'm taking a rest day today (Sunday is always a rest day). My waking HR was 48, not a significant drop from yesterday.

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March 10, 2004

Slowed down

My wake up HR was 49. My "comfortable" pace during the run was slower than normal because I was tired. I walked/jogged the last half mile.

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March 8, 2004

Wakeup HR was 46 -- a great day for running!

Spring has finally come! Almost all of our snow is gone. My canal trail is free of snow and was dried out enough that I ran it this morning. I timed myself to verify that it is about the same distance as the city-street route I've been using while the canal road was snowed in. It was a great day for running! My wake up HR was 46 this morning.

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March 6, 2004

March 4, 2004

Amazing how one feels after sleep

I got a lot more sleep last night, and I felt fine this morning. My wake up HR was 48. I had a nice run, although I was a bit tired at the end; my endurance hasn't fully recovered from Monday night. It's good I took a rest day yesterday and ran today. If I had run yesterday, I would have had a poor run, probably not finishing it, and today would have been a rest day. It pays to rest when one is tired and to run when one feels good.

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March 3, 2004

Still tired

My body is still reacting to my lack of sleep on Monday night. I woke up after 5 hours sleep and didn't go back to sleep. I stayed in bed for the next two hours to help my body adjust. My wake up HR is still 50, and my body feels tired., so I'm taking another rest day today. I went to bed last night at a reasonable time, but my body needs several days to return to its normal sleep patterns. I normally wouldn't go into this much detail about my sleep patterns, but since this is a tutorial log, I thought it would be educational to illustrate how stress increases with lack of sleep.

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March 2, 2004

Seems like I never learn

I made the mistake of staying up late last night and only got 5 hours sleep (I got home from work about 11 pm and started writing, and once I do that it's hard to stop until I finish). Because of this, my wake up HR was 50, and I can tell my body is tired. I'm glad today is a rest day. It will be interesting to see how I feel tomorrow morning...

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March 1, 2004

Wow, wakeup HR down to 47

I did better in getting sleep over the weekend, and I woke up with a HR of 47. I added about 1/3 mile to my run for a distance of about 3.6 miles. I felt good before and after the run. Temperature was 35 when I left with a slight breeze of about 6 mph. We had a foot of snow over the weekend, but the sun is out this morning, and it looks like a great day.