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Insomnia and Training Plans

Tag: Plans and Goals, Running, Skating
Sep 5th, 2012

I have got to do something about insomnia. I hate that even if I’m tired, it’s hard for me to get to sleep.

Right after I said I wanted to start training for running again, a friend put out a call for people to join her in a Tough Mudder race (10 miles, with obstacles.) In October. I can’t quite commit yet because I don’t know what our family situation will be like next month… if I get a job before the race day, I won’t be in this state any more. If my husband gets a job before race day, I might be able to participate, depending on which job it is, since we’re trying to have one of us stay here to focus on getting the house ready for the move. We are doing everything we can to avoid spending two months in a hotel again.

Either way, I’m going to try to train as if I’m planning to run it. Although a Mudder has been on my list for a while, I still don’t quite have the upper body strength I really need, so I won’t feel too bad if I have to put it off until next year (registration will be cheaper with more planning as well). The web site has some circuit training plans to prepare for the run. My goal is to combine the intermediate plan with about 5 runs a week (starting at between one and three miles each and gradually adding distance.)

It’s still so hot here that I’ve been wanting to wait until 9-10pm to run, but I’m having trouble timing my eating, so I’ll probably have to resort to treadmill training for most of my runs. It’s not the best– I find treadmill running to be a bit hard on my hips– but I’ll try to stick with just doing the shortest runs on the treadmill. I’m trying to shift my exercise to the mornings, but that’s a challenge because I am both a night person and an insomniac.

I’ve ordered kettle bells to add to my functional strength routine. (I try to do assisted pull-ups every time I make a cup of coffee, which could add up to 20-25 assisted pull-ups a day.) I ordered an 8kg kettle bell and a 26 pound kettle bell.

My hope is to work up to training weeks that look something like this:

Sunday: long run (10 miles)
Monday: Slideboard
Tuesday: 2 mile run, Tough Mudder circuits
Wednesday: 5 mile run, 75 kettlebell swings, 1 min each plank, wall sit, pistol squat wall sit, bent arm hang
Thursday: Open skate, Tough Mudder circuits
Friday: 3 mile run
Saturday: Speed skate and land drills, 75 kettlebell swings, 1 min each plank, wall sit, pistol squat wall sit, bent arm hang

Daily: 25 pull-ups/chin-ups, 10 push-ups, 3 sun salutations, stretching/ rolling/ sticking

Rest as needed

If I have to drop skating because of the expense of driving, then I’ll add a Tough Mudder workout to Saturday and slideboard to both Thursday and Saturday. If the running is too much too soon, I’ll cut back the miles and replace them with spinning until I build up those muscles.

If this plan works for me, I will probably stick with it most of the year, except if I schedule a full marathon, in which case I will drop everything in the last two or three months except the running, the daily exercises, and light kettle bell work three times a week.

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