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Glorious Sleep

by Meghann on February 28, 2012

Whoa. A full 9 hours of sleep? Glorious. I can’t tell you the last time that happened.

I was out by 9:30 last night and didn’t budge until my alarm went off at 6:30 this morning. After going non-stop for the last couple of weeks, my body needed that.

A great discussion that came up at one of the dinners over the weekend was how many hours of sleep we all need to function. Some people said 8 hours, while one girl said 10. Lately I’ve been aiming for 6 or 7. When I lived by myself, I aimed a little higher, but – since I moved in with Derek over a year ago – it seems to be less and less. The night time is the only time we really get to see each other during the day and sacrificing a little sleep so I can spend more time with him is worth it. However, there are those nights when sleep just becomes a priority.

How many hours of sleep do you aim for at night?

I woke up fully refreshed and ready to tackle my training run for the day.

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My body felt refreshed, but my legs were tired. The 5 miles were ok, but the pace didn’t come as effortlessly as it has in the past (I was aiming more for 8:20 instead of 8:45). I’ve been slacking on speed training since St. Pete and I could feel it. I’m running Gasparilla this weekend with a goal of pacing my sister to a sub 1:50 finish – a goal that I am beginning to doubt myself capable of.

I plan to skip tomorrow’s NOLFW workout to give my legs a bit of a breather before race day. They were still a tad sore from yesterday’s workout and I just want to make sure they are as fresh as possible before Sunday. We’ll see.

My fridge is currently full of fresh fruit, so breakfast was full of it too.


A big bowl of orange segments, strawberries, and 1/2 an apple covered with a thinned mix of PB2, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, and walnuts.


The big bowl of fruit was so refreshing after my run. Yum.

Poor Scooby isn’t feeling too hot today.


He had a rough night, followed by a rough morning.

Scooby was originally going to stay with us through the weekend, but my dad is coming over a few days early to pick him up. We think he has a kidney infection and needs to see his vet. The poor guy’s hips are aggravating him more than normal, he’s refusing to eat, and he’s drinking water at an alarming rate. I know that Scooby is getting a little older, but it’s really rough to see him in this state. I hope the vet will work his magic to make him feel better. Until then, please keep Scooby in your thoughts.

I’m going to give Scooby some extra love and attention before he heads back home.

See ya.

1 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

9 hours of sleep sounds delightful!! I usually aim to get 8-10 on weekends, and 7-8 during the week. Lately I’ve been pretty on top of it and am definitely feeling better than back in January when I was very much sleep deprived!
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2 Mary @ food and fun on the run February 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

Get well soon Scooby!

And you will be just fine this weekend at Gasparilla. You did just run a 1:45, remember!!??

3 April B February 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

Sorry to hear Scooby isn’t feeling too hot. Hopefully the vet will get him back to 100%.
Great job pushing through your run this morning! I have faith that you and Kelly will beat her 1:50 goal, no doubt!
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4 Rachel February 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

I’m definitely an 8-hour girl, with 9 on the weekends. I can function on 7, but I don’t like it. And 6?! No way could I function on 6 hours of sleep! Maybe here and there, but not regularly.
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5 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed February 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

I hate it that dogs have to get old. My dog is too, and I swear, I’d kill a unicorn or hunt down vampire blood to make her young.
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6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

Poor Scooby!! I hope he feels better soon!

I generally need 7-8 hours of sleep each night though I think I’m getting to the point where my body can also function with 6. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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7 Sneakers2Sandals February 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

Oh no Scooby, that just breaks my heart. That post sent me on an emotional roller coaster. Yey for sleep, OK for run, and sad for Scooby :(.

I’ll be running between 1:50 and 1:55 for Gasparilla. Hopefully I’ll see ya out there ๐Ÿ™‚
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8 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups February 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’m happy (though still tired in the morning) if I can get eight hours of sleep. I’m sending good vibes to Scooby today!
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9 Katie February 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

I am very jealous of your 9 hours of sleep! I try to get 7-8, but last night I maybe got 5, my body was exhausted and for some reason I was feeling anxious.

I hope Scooby starts feeling better!
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10 Lindsey February 28, 2012 at 10:08 am

My ideal number is 7 hours, too much more and I feel groggy and less I may wake up okay but crash in the afternoon!
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11 Hillary February 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

I’m a total freak; I need at least eight hours of sleep to function, but my ideal is 9-10 hours. I really am like an infant in that regard!

I hope Scooby’s feeling better!
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12 Sandy February 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

Poor Scooby! I hope he is okay. I love my dogs to death and hate it when they get sick! As far as sleep, I am lucky to get 7 hours in!

13 Cait's Plate February 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

It really is incredible what a good night’s sleep can do. I aim for 7-8 a night but I’m lucky if that happens more than 2 nights a week! Life just gets in the way sometimes…haha
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14 Caroline February 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

I hope Scooby gets better soon!
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15 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

Aw poor Scooby!! I hope he feels better soon!

I have been neglecting sleep lately so this week I gave myself a bedtime. Hopefully it helps!
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16 ~Jessica~ February 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

Get well soon to Scooby!

I function on 4 odd hours, which might not sound like much, but sadly I struggle to get even that. I seem to have bursts of energy at night but be tired all day…and I can’t sleep in the daylight. 10 hours sounds like bliss.

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17 Jenny February 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

Poor Scooby. Mention Addison’s disease. Lethargy, refusing to eat, and drinking a lot can be symptomatic of that and a lot of vets are loathe to test for it (it is an expensive test) so they should check is electrolytes to see if its worth it. (My pup was diagnosed 7 years ago and it was a tough road).
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18 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 28, 2012 at 11:47 am

Hope Scooby gets well soon!! I usually like to get 8-9 hours of sleep each night. Doesn’t always happen, though.
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19 Joss February 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

Poor Scooby ๐Ÿ™ Will keep him in my thoughts!

I’m not sure how you do it being *go go go* i would definitely burn out…
I’m the kind of gal that needs 9-10 hours sleep per night on a regular basis!

20 Racheal @ Running with Racheal February 28, 2012 at 11:57 am

I must have 8 hours. Must. No compromises. Good luck this weekend!
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21 Alaina February 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hope Scooby is ok! Such a cute dog.

I prefer 8 hours asleep, although sometimes I’ve been able to manage on 6. When that happens though I usually crash by the middle of the day.
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22 Poptartyogini February 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I’m a natural sleeper. It is one of the things I’m good at. I’m a strict 8 hours during the week and 9-10 on the weekends. My thoughts are definitely with scooby. I hope the pup is on the mend soon!
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23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 28, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Poor scooby! I hope he feels better! And that breakfast looks delicious!
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24 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I LOVE sleep!!! I need 10 hours of sleep. Seriously. If I get 9 I am okay. But less than 9, no bueno. But I also teach up to 9 fitness classes per week, plus work, plus blog, plus have a life. So yah, I NEED it ๐Ÿ™‚

Breakfast looks tasty!
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25 Caroline February 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

It’s definitely hard for me to shut down at the end of the night and go to sleep. I’ve been trying to make it a goal to get 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep, and can tell a huge difference when I do…

With all the social media and TV access we have, I think it’s just hard to discontent…
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26 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life February 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I usually aim for 7 to 8 hours every night, any less I can’t function and much more can make me groggy for the whole day!
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27 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Sending good thoughts for Scooby! Poor guy!

I usually get 7-8 hours a night. I’m in bed early for the night but I also get up around 5 a.m. everyday. My internal alarm clock is just set for that time!
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28 Jess February 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I cannot even remember the last time I got 8 or more hours of sleep. I’m lucky if I get six, non-consecutive hours of sleep. As is life with a baby. ๐Ÿ™‚
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29 emily February 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Oh my. 9 hours sounds amazing.

Poor Scooby!
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30 Coco February 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

I never used to sleep a whole lot, not even the normal amount.. I just couldnโ€™t, even if I wanted to. Until I started to take vitamins (calcium, B12 and Magnesium) and then all of a sudden my body was super happy and let me sleep.. My goodness I had no idea what I was missing!
Poor puppy face.. Hope the little guy gets better!
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31 Heather February 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

There is nothing big about your breakfast. And PB2 is a poor excuse for the real thing.

32 Meghann February 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

That’s 1/2 a large apple, 1/2 a pint of strawberries, a whole orange, 1/2 cup of a Kashi Go Lean Crunch, and 1/4 cup of PB2. I just like the PB2 because I like that you can make a ‘sauce’ out of it and pour it evenly over the fruit. ๐Ÿ™‚

33 Heather February 29, 2012 at 12:52 am

Wow, half a cup of cereal. Color me impressed.

34 Army Amy* February 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I like to get 8 hours of sleep. If I don’t, I’m majorly cranky the next day!*
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35 Turtle-speed runner February 28, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hope scooby feels better soon! I usually get around 9 hours of sleep, anything less than 8 and I’m grumpy and won’t function.
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36 Jess-ThatJessGal February 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I understand the trials of an elderly dog. My Chubby Checkers turned 10 in January (he’s a big mixed breed) after being diagnosed with an abdominal tumor back in October. We’ve had some up and down days, but overall he’s hanging in there. They are so sweet when they are all old and gray.
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37 Kaley February 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm

The blanket that Scooby is laying on is my adult version of a security blanket. I have the same one. I actually stole it from my in-laws who then wrapped it up so I could open it on Christmas (so it is really not stolen!). I take everywhere. I was so excited when I saw it on the blog today! I hope it is bringing Scooby come comfort as well!

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