Friday, June 20, 2008

Countdown to SOB 50K

It's the countdown to the SOB 50k, my second ultramarathon. I can only hope things go much better this time. I intend to do all I can to ensure that - which means taking Imodium beforehand and giving myself a hefty swipe of diaper rash lotion! (Come on, ya gotta love that little visual!)

I listened to a 60 Minutes iPOD cast today during my long run, and one segment talked about the importance of sleep for our health and well-being. People need to get 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and not getting enough sleep, well, they're finding all sorts of side effects. I know that I'm lucky if I get 6-7, and rarely is it restful, never wake up sleep. I generally wake up two or three times a night (or more) that I am aware of, and think that maybe I pulled out of deep sleep more often. It's tough getting 7.5 to 8 hours when you need to get you by 4:30/5:00 a.m. I'd have to be asleep by 8:30 to get a full 8 hours in by 4:30. Just ain't gonna happen.

Some of the side effects that were discussed are weight gain and possible onset of Type II diabetes. It was an interesting podcast that I highly recommend listening to.