7.12.2009

Second Wind

You may be wondering what I am doing awake at 1am the morning after running a 16 miler (ie like less than 12 hours ago)...I, too, am wondering this. I don't know why it is, but I often seem to find myself WIDE AWAKE in the evening after my long runs. My legs may be achey, but my eyes are like this: 00

Even the relatively strong beer (Flying Dog Brewery Snake Dog IPA) I had earlier didn't make me drowsy. Perhaps I should have had 2...or 3, but I wanted to blow some calories on buttered popcorn, instead.

I need to make myself go to bed...kiddo will be up in 7 hours or so. I know tomorrow I will regret burning the midnight (er...1am) oil. At least tomorrow is a "rest" day. I have cleaning the bathroom, washing the car, vacuuming (house and car) and my ab workout on the agenda.

Am I the only one who experiences this phenomenon? Perhaps this is like when I was a little kid and would get overtired and wired (my kid also does this--on top of ADHD it's almost a comical sight to watch him literally buzzing all over the place). At least I'm not bouncing off the walls.

4 comments:

  1. nah, it's just my kids that keep me up! They are like crazy night owls, or bats, or something else nocturnal! Hope you got some sleep :)

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  2. Zoomy - I unfortunately have experienced this. As I have crept into my late-30s, my body has become increasingly sensitive to caffeine. If I drink caffeinated soda or coffee after 2pm or so, I'm awake in bed and having a hard time falling asleep. Even if I have a beer (or bourbon) before bed...I still can't relax.

    I have found that popping a few benedryl will help me doze off. That, and stopping the caffeine intake at lunchtime.

    I hope this helps!

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  3. Wow this is a really cool blog! I love the design. I also find it very difficult to sleep after running. Not sure what to do about it either. apart from running in the morning instead, but I never have the time.

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  4. Mike, I wish I could blame it on the caffeine, but I think I had finished my coffee by 11AM, yet was still awake well over 12 hours later...caffeine can't possibly be the culprit there.

    I used to be much more sensitive to caffeine, where I'd have to cut myself off 8 hours before I wanted to get to sleep, but nowadays I think they could give me a caffeine IV and I'd probably sleep through it.

    :p

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