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The need for sleep

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Tuesday-8 miles, Thursday-10 miles, Friday-about 4 miles (contact lens emergency), Saturday-10 miles, Sunday-13 miles

With all the additional mileage, the only change I’ve noticed in myself so far is actually a good one.  For the first time in as long as I can remember, I’m finally able to sleep soundly.

For my entire life, I’ve been an extremely light sleeper.  I seem to be able to hear any sound, anywhere, all night long.  I‘ve never needed an alarm clock at any stage in my life.

For the past week or so however, I can no longer hear my cat meowing around the house in the middle of the night.  I can no longer hear my husband snoring beside me.  I can no longer hear the garbage pick-up service arrive.  I can no longer hear my older sons wake up at 5:30 a.m. to get into the shower, and I can no longer hear every person walking their dog as they pass my house at sunrise.

Trust me, I’m pretty certain all these activities are still taking place.

Until I get up at around 6:30 a.m., I’m out cold.  I remember absolutely nothing from the time I go to bed the night before.

While I’m pleased with this, I’m well aware what it means.  In the weeks and months to come, as I put on even more mileage, I’ll need to ensure I get adequate sleep.  I’m already in bed before my husband and older boys, and on many evenings I even go to bed before my younger children.  Does this mean I’ll soon have to retire right after dinner?  Sigh.  Time will tell.

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