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Sleep, Vol State and Chugging | Walk Talk

Sleep, Vol State and Chugging | Walk Talk

Update: 2021-01-15


Up in the Middle of the Night? It May Be Natural.

Research raises questions about the importance of sleeping through the night.

I got the invitation? So do I do 300 plus miles of racing across Tennessee in the middle of the summer? #VolState #Sleep #RunWalk

The upshot is that we still have a lot to learn about sleep and insomnia. For individuals who wake up in the middle of the night, the realization that their awakening may just be a throwback to an earlier sleep pattern may reduce some of the frustration and anxiety they feel. This is part of the cognitive behavioral technique of cognitive restructuring, or reducing stress by having more accurate information about sleep. It is also possible that we need to think about other patterns of sleep and not confine ourselves to assuming that the regimented, factory-shift-driven model we’ve all come to know is what we should to strive for. There is likely more than one way for the Sandman to welcome us to the Land of Nod.

The Vol-State is not just another ultramarathon. It is much more than that. The Vol-State is a journey, an adventure, and an exploration of inner space. It begins with a ferry ride across the Mississippi River, from Missouri to Kentucky, and finishes at “the Rock,” high atop Sand Mountain in Northeast Georgia. What lies in between are 314 miles of the great unknown. From the time the Vol-Stater steps off the Ferry, until they reach the Rock, they are totally reliant upon their own physical and mental resources. For the next four to ten days, in the face of the heat and humidity of July in Tennessee , the Vol-Stater must make their way on foot, along highways and backroads, from one small town to the next, over hills and across rivers, up mountains and down long valleys, all the while accounting for all of their most basic needs; “what will I eat?” “When will I find water?” Where will I sleep?”

Principles behind Run Walk Run:

• Continuous use of a muscle will result in quicker fatigue

• The longer the run segment, the more fatigue

• Run Walk Run is a form of interval training

• Conservation of resources

• Quicker recovery

• Less stress on the “weak links”

• Ability to enjoy endorphins

• Reduce core body temperature

In March of 2020, I slipped on the illegally dumped cooking grease in front of John’s Burger and couldn’t walk for 6 weeks. This was my first injury since I started Endurance Training in 1979. Then in late April of 2020, I ended up in the hospital for the first time in my life.

The diagnosis was Congestive Heart Failure.

This Vlog documents my Sixth Decade of Endurance Training. The past Decade was about HOW FAR I could go.

This Decade will be about HOW FAST can I go post Congestive Heart Failure.

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Sleep, Vol State and Chugging | Walk Talk

Sleep, Vol State and Chugging | Walk Talk