Preparation was very far from ideal for today. All week the attitude hasn’t been spot on for a PB. There have been a few of those lately but they’re not remotely concerning. That will come back. Today was again used for training purposes and to run a new route for a change of scenery. It was nice. Any change of scenery is very very welcome.
A lot of bunching at the start as Main Street, Swords is quite narrow and there were over 3,000 runners. Again, not important. Ignoring the PB today (which currently stands at 45:21) was quite relaxing. A nice leisurely pace through the town before turning left to go down the dual carriageway. Another left again at about 4k and we were sheltered from the wind. This is when one gets their second wind and things become very comfortable. One of the most enjoyable parts of running.
After this it was just a case of trying to maintain a pace of below 5 minutes per km (to try for under 50 minutes). The country roads continue until about 8k as we approached the town again. When you can hear the intercom, you know you’re nearly there and the sprint finish is looming. The road to the finish line was surprisingly helpful as it was very very downhill.
The time in the end was 47:22. Again it’s good to know that I’m not far off the PB considering the attitude needs to be stepped up as well as the preparation.
All in all a gorgeous morning. Wind wasn’t too heavy. Sun was out and a great atmosphere. Always great ingredients for a very enjoyable event.
However, this week got the brain thinking. This blog needs a new approach to get more readers and interest more people. Anyone who is not into running but who is reading this may find this interesting also but sleep has been tricky this week. Why? Screen time has been quite large. Some things just had to be done this week. I have found myself taking hours to fall asleep on days where screen time has played a large part.
So the question that was raised during preparation for this race was, how exactly does staring at screens all day affect sleep. This is not just a myth. The majority of us spend hours every day staring at TVs, desktops, smartphones, laptops, kindles and such and such (the irony of writing this on a laptop is noted). Perhaps this plays a huge part in childhood obesity too. This can probably be assumed. That and sheer laziness. I can’t help but feel that this is playing a huge role in adult obesity too, which is a huge shame but can EASILY be tackled and should be.
A quick Google search provided some interesting results and an article by http://www.wired.co.uk. This will interest everybody as it is not exclusive to runners so check out the link http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-12/23/sleep-tablets-screens-health
Some great tips which I find really help, especially in the evening after a days work stuck behind a screen include obviously training, long walks, meeting friends and just talking, turning the TV off and resorting to radio or some music.What other hobbies do you have that might help?
Finally, ask yourself. Are there any aspects to your job that would decrease your daily screen time? If yes, DO MORE OF THEM.
This blog may not have a lot of followers right now but if this makes just 1 person a lot more conscious then it is a success. I really hope it does.
Any thoughts or tips?