The absolute biggest obstacle I face when it comes to my training: sleep.
I never get a full night of sleep. Zain will be 2 in just a couple weeks and he still does not regularly sleep through the night. I accepted this fact for a long time because we chose not to do sleep training or let him cry it out – not that I’m opposed to it for anyone else, it’s just not for us. We started to get some of the sleep issues under control in the Fall and Zain started to sleep through the night about 50% of the time. Of course, when he slept through the night, I didn’t. I was so used to waking up with him that I’d still wake up a few times throughout the night.
There’s a certain time of the night, or early morning rather, that he wakes up and if he doesn’t go back to sleep within a few minutes, he won’t go back to sleep at all. That time – about 3:30-4am- is rough. I couldn’t get him back to sleep at that time 2 days in a row so on Sunday and Monday, that’s when we got up for the day. There must be some sort of scientific reason for that in his sleep cycle that he has trouble going back to sleep at that time. All I know is that is makes for a tired and cranky toddler and mama.
Yesterday, I should have run 6 miles, but I just couldn’t get moving to do it. I was exhausted. I feel like I have a newborn again with the way Z has been sleeping. Scratch that, I think he slept better as a newborn!
The lack of sleep was an obstacle for me when I trained for the Baltimore Marathon. Actually, it started to be a problem when I trained for the MD Half Marathon. It’s so funny to think back on that time. I remember thinking – maybe Zain will be sleeping through the night by the day of the race. That was May of last year and here we are today – still no sleep!
I remember reading once in a baby sleep book that only 50% of kids sleep through the night on their own before the age of 2. Maybe the night of his birthday will be the night it begins! Wishful thinking, I know :). I’m hoping at his 2 year check-up the doctor will have some pointers for me so we can all get some rest around here. I am lucky that he is a good napper (crossing my fingers he stays that way for a while!).
How do you deal with lack of sleep and training? Does anyone else have a child that seems to hate sleep as much as mine?
Someone tell me I’m not alone! I feel like my exhaustion becomes an excuse far more frequently than I’d like it to. I haven’t slept through the night since before I got pregnant with Zain. I don’t even remember what it feels like to get a full night of sleep! I often wonder if I got more sleep if I’d feel better when I run.