On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Walking mileage and EXTREME FATIGUE

My blog is appearing later this morning than usual because I just woke up. And this is a good thing.

I've alluded to trouble sleeping lately, and it just keeps going. Lately I have trouble going to bed before 1:30 or 2 (and often later) in the morning. I force myself to bed in the wee small hours of the morning, don't sleep, and wake up, often before 6. I don't need a terrifically large amount of sleep (6-7 hours suits me perfectly), but I can't skate by on 4 hours for more than a few days without a breakdown... like the one I've been experiencing lately. It's to the point where I'm seriously contemplating a sleeping pill. (A single one. One refreshing night of sleep in the hopes of being recharged.)

What's the most frustrating about it is that I'm not doing anything productive, unless you count reading the entirety of Craiglist or revisiting my myspace page productive. And this insomnia is then hurting my productivity, badly, at work. Not even to mention that it's hurting my running. I slept straight through my run this morning, and it's a gorgeous day out.

Highlights from my myspace page, which I evidently last updated after I went to Peru in 2006:


I have a question, though: do you count walking mileage as part of your weekly total? I'm not talking about .5m to/from the subway, or 2m while doing shopping. I'm talking about going for a walk: putting on tech gear and running shoes and walking 3+ miles at a stretch. What do you think?

And one last myspace photo because I'm feeling vain:


  1. I like your short hair!

    As far as walking, I'd count it as exercise but not as running mileage. I don't really have a good reason, just have always done it like that.

  2. Hair looks super muy cute in the photos! And if I did a purposeful walk - like 2+ miles that consisted of a bit more than a leisurely stroll, I do log it into Daily Mile. But I log it as walking and don't add it into my running mileage. So yes and no to your question?

    i hope you can start getting some sleep soon. Have you tried something silly like Sleepytime tea? maybe a new evening "routine" to get your body prepped for sleep?

  3. Oh, good question (and great photos!)

    I count running miles as running miles.
    I do count walking as exercise (when it's the 3+ mile or mountain hiking variety) but I don't add that to my weekly mileage totals. The one time when I break that rule: I will count a 1-minute walk break (on a double-digit-miles run) toward my miles "run." Didthatmakeanysense?

  4. I agree with Beth. I count it as physical activity, but not as running miles. I saw your entry this a.m. Go back to bed. I disintegrate into a blubbery mess on the number of sleep hours you're talking about. I'm impressed you're still making total sense when you blog!

  5. I enter it on DailyMile when it's more than 2 miles for the day (since I walk 1 mile to work and 1 mile back) mostly just because that's where I track my exercise, but I wish I could break out walking and running miles on DailyMile (and also biking mileage, when I do that.)

  6. I really, really miss my short hair. I'm too lazy/cheap to keep it short these days, so it's long.
    Thanks for all the feedback, though. I'll blog about it soon, but I'll be leading a group of walkers over the next few months who are training for a half marathon - so there will be some (relatively) significant mileage, done in walking. I agree that it's not running mileage, but I"m on the fence about how to count it (since it will likely be my workout for many of those days).