The Professionals and Sleep
Sleep is essential. It allows the body to repair itself and helps improve our brain’s ability to function. The average American gets 6.44 hours of sleep, which puts me in the category of being average. My local running hero, news anchor Kelcey Carlson (who also has 2 kids), gets around 4 1/2 hours and still manages to run sub 3:15 marathons. (Some people are just wired differently.) But the elites, they are in a completely different sleeping category…
I found this infographic that describes how much sleep some of the top athletes get during a day. Lebron James and Roger Federer spend literally half of their day in bed. I imagine the other half is spent training and eating. Yes, most of us do not have the luxury of sleeping 10-12 hours a day but I think 7-8 would be an improvement. Maybe that’s why I haven’t made it to the Olympics yet. 😉
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Running Update: Today was an easy 6 miler. I ran a different route and incorporated a few more hills. I also had to go sans music because I desperately needed some quiet time. Nothing super excited but here are my stats. Tomorrow is my longest track workout to date.