I cannot fall back asleep. My husband is sleeping…

My dog is sleeping…

I am wide awake!

My knowledge of melatonin production is ashamed of me staring at this brightly lit computer screen. Meh, screw knowledge. It’s not helping me sleep right now. Quite the contrary, I’m sure. I wanted to start this post with a quote about sleep and ended up rabbit-holing my way through over 50 quotations. Of course, at 3:00 am, when you know you have a run with friends in 3 hours, the mind is a bit shot and wants you to stay awake. Blast! In trying to bore myself (and my reader) into sweet oblivion, I have broken down a few quotes by sending them through my sleep-deprived brain.

“That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.” -Aldous Huxley

This is debatable. However, I can see that my faculties aren’t as sound when I have not had a proper night’s sleep. I tend to wake the next day with all cylinders firing, but this productivity is brief. We all contain a bit of madness–keeps things interesting and is part of what moves the human race forward. My running, shockingly, doesn’t usually suffer with inadequate sleep. This is not to say that I would not love a nice routine that consisted of at least 8 full hours of snoozing.

“We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.” -Earl Nightingale

Amen. I hope to sleep like a baby when my work efforts are put toward a meaningful end goal. For now, the pooping and crying will lead to a nice napping pattern. (Most of that is a joke…maybe substitute marathon training for crying.)

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.” -Victor Hugo

Well, this is far off from the last one isn’t it? I suppose there is a general trend that I am dissatisfied with my work. As long as I focus on my running/triathloning efforts and a general goal of leading a happy life, then I can be thankful for the great sleep I get >90% of the time.

 “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf

 Oh, sister, I agree with that. I am up this evening because I consumed an apple and almond butter before crashing early on the couch. Right now I’m in heartburn heaven<–not at all. How you treat your body can make a huge difference in your physical performance. Duh. Sleeping, eating and finding enjoyment everyday. These are important.

“Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there’s no escape, there’s no excuse, so just suck up and be nice.” -Ani DiFranco

Hell yea. There are no excuses for unwarranted anger. I would like this tattooed upside down and in reverse on my retina.

“I think people want very much to simplify their lives enough so that they can control the things that make it possible to sleep at night.” -Twyla Tharp

Seeing as how I was a dancer over half of my life, I have been and remain an admiring fan of Twyla Tharp. I am also a minimalist and it is getting worse every year. You only have to ask my husband. I get rid of stuff constantly and rarely replace it. Thus, I was a shoe in (pun intended) for the running world’s re-visitation of the minimalist movement. A bed, a roof, food and life experiences…can’t ask for much more.

“Turn resolutely to work, to recreation, or in any case to physical exercise till you are so tired you can’t help going to sleep, and when you wake up you won’t want to worry.” -B.C. Forbes

Well, in this case I turned to a brightly lit computer screen, quotes of people who have left a mark in this world, and some lovely cello music. I do think I will get in another hour before my run. We are forever searching for fulfillment. And, as humans, we are rarely satisfied because we always have a knowledge of what we have not seen, of what we cannot even imagine. I hope you all find that contentment within yourself, faith, loved ones, your career, nature, whatever your inspiration may be, that allows you to drift into a peaceful slumber.

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.” -Robert Frost 


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