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Pancakes are back!


And they are Mickey Mouse shaped, of course!  :)  I used my regular Hodgson’s Mills mix.  I ended up eating three pancakes, but the third Mickey was a little deformed and not blog-worthy. 🙂


With a fruit salad, made by Lauren!


I slept SO horribly last night.  You guys know I suffer from pre-race anxiety (I don’t know WHY!) and can never sleep the night before a race.  But the corrals issues freaked me out so much that I had nightmares about the start and barely slept a wink.


Ironically, I watched a TIVOed episode of Dr. Oz this morning about insomnia.  I think the Husband recorded this episode for me on purpose!


A slice of that pie chart should read “Long Runs/Races.”


One technique Dr. Oz recommended was counting backwards from 300 by 3’s.  He said this is hard, so you don’t think about other things, and boring, so you fall asleep fast.  I think I’ll try this tonight!


Do you ever suffer from the inability to fall asleep/stay asleep, and what tricks do you use to help you sleep?  I can’t take a sleep aid the night before a race!


Off to the Expo (again) to get my corral issue sorted out (hopefully!).



  • Ashley January 8, 2010, 8:48 am

    I read fluffy chick lit novels — they distract you so you eventually just pass out!

  • Wendy January 8, 2010, 8:51 am

    Have any boring articles to read? When I was in grad school, reading journal articles would put me out like a light, no matter what time of day. 🙂

    You could try doing a savasana in bed. That always helps me fully relax and go to sleep!

  • Sarah January 8, 2010, 8:55 am

    Take deep breaths – count to 6 on the in-breath, and 7 on the out-breath. Also boring and gives you something to focus on, with the added benefit of putting your breathing at a rate that activates your parasympathetic nervous system (and calms you down).

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 8, 2010, 8:57 am

    Sometimes I have difficulty sleeping. I did the counting trick, but it only made me frustrated and annoyed…haha. 😉

    What works for me is to just *accept* it. I tell myself that one messed up night won’t hurt, and I just close my eyes and refuse to worry about it. I usually end up falling asleep anyways. I think it’s the worrying and anxiety of trying to force sleep that usually causes me NOT to sleep, if that makes any sense at all. 😀

    Love your breakfast! And best of luck on the race, you’ll be great! 😀

  • Anna M January 8, 2010, 8:58 am

    That corral issue sucks! Maybe it will be fine for her to join your corral. At NYC marathon, there are different colors and different starting points, and the race converges a little later down the course, and it does not really matter where you start. I can’t imagine the race spending the kind of extra money it would take to really have different mats to activate every color group. They would have to have several mats at each split on the course to pick up all the runners, and the finish. Seems wasteful and ridiculous.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet January 8, 2010, 9:02 am

    I have always had anxiety about sleeping – in fact, I just posted about it and what always helps me is finding my ‘happy place’ and taking deep breaths. Also praying nonstop until I fall asleep helps – even if it may sound weird!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love January 8, 2010, 9:05 am

    I go through funks where I have the worst trouble falling asleep. I get stressed about work, family, and life and can’t calm down enough to sleep. I am going to try Dr. Oz’s tip the next time.

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle January 8, 2010, 9:06 am

    Hopefully you are able to easily fix the corral issue!

    Fortunately from everything I’ve heard its two nights before the race that is most important, so get a good night of rest in tonight!!!

  • Ryane January 8, 2010, 9:06 am

    Cute pancakes! I can’t wait to read all of the recaps from this weekend’s race. I’m really interested in participating next year!

    When I need to chill out, I like to reread some of my favorite books. Nothing too extreme or informative obvi, but I know you love Twilight – have you reread through those yet?

  • Carly January 8, 2010, 9:06 am

    This might not work because you are married, but I play a game on my cell phone, usually Monopoly. For whatever reason it lulls me to sleep in 10 to 15 minutes. I have a TERRIBLE time falling asleep and this is what works.

  • Jen January 8, 2010, 9:07 am

    I used to be a major insomniac – was addicted to Ambien for years. 🙁 I’m an avid athlete, health-nut and a teacher. I knew Ambien wasn’t good for me so I finally started to talk about my problem and do more research. I read a book called Insomniac by Gayle Greene – it truly changed my life. I still consider myself an insomniac but I’m learning to manage it.

    GOOD LUCK this weekend! I’ll be rooting for ya from Illinois!

  • Mellissa January 8, 2010, 9:07 am

    I am curious to see what others do because I am a horrible sleeper! It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours for me to fall asleep and I usually try to clear my mind and relax but that is easier said than done.

  • The Hot and Fit January 8, 2010, 9:08 am

    That’s actually a very good idea!
    I find it hard to fall asleep on Sunday nights cause I know I have to wake up early on Monday. And any other major even would cause me to toss and turn!

  • Kristine January 8, 2010, 9:10 am

    I’m an anxious sleeper too. I am flying on Sunday and haven’t been getting great sleep because I am nervous!

  • kilax January 8, 2010, 9:11 am

    I lose a lot of sleep having nightmares about races, or if it is supposed to snow. Or even if I have to wake up early! My nightmares are always about something taking place the next day. I think this happens because I want to have everything on schedule, not beceause I am nervous.

    I haven’t figured out what to do. Ha! I just figured out to NOT drink too much water before bed, so I am not getting up for that anymore 😉

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 8, 2010, 9:12 am

    I used to have a reallllly hard time sleeping. One of the best pieces of advice I use is to only let yourself lie there tossing and turning for a little while. If you can’t sleep, get up and doing something relaxing, like reading a book- don’t turn on the tv or computer though! After a little while, try going to sleep again. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to sleep!

  • Leah @ L4L January 8, 2010, 9:13 am

    I’ve heard in old Chinese medicine that if you lay flat on your back and press your hands over your heart, all your energy leaves your extremeties and centers on your heart and all you think about is your heart beat.

    I’ve also tried laying flat on my back and totally relaxing every muscle, starting from the feet and concentrating, slowly, on every muscle on the way up. I’m usually asleep by the time I get to my finger tips!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 8, 2010, 9:15 am

    I couldn’t sleep the other night which I was really surprised about. My VP just made an announcement going back to the France division of our company. I wasn’t laying awake thinking about what would become of our country’s division – but more about my career plans. It was all very Dr Phil . . . but eventually I just tired myself out from thinking and went back to bed.

  • Casey @Spicy&Sweet January 8, 2010, 9:21 am

    Good luck getting the coral issues worked out Caitlin! Mickey looks yummy 🙂

  • Jaime January 8, 2010, 9:24 am

    I love this post…can’t wait to see the responses. Both hubby and I suffer from insomnia on a regular basis…his worse than mine, but both annoying nonetheless. My mind gets racing and I can’t turn it off. I like the Dr. Oz idea!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner January 8, 2010, 9:24 am

    Those pancakes are soo cute!

  • Kristie January 8, 2010, 9:30 am

    Deep breathing, and then I have this lavender-scented satin pad that I put over my eyes. It is so soothing and helps me relax – a plus for me because I tend to tense up my face when I’m stressed which gives me headaches which really make it hard to fall asleep!

  • Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life January 8, 2010, 9:32 am

    Hi Caitlin! Long time reader and new blog author delurking here… 🙂 I used to have so much trouble falling asleep. I am an anxious person by nature and every night, my mind just would not stop worrying, even about things I had no control over. For example, I would run through situations in my head where the house was on fire and how everyone could escape unharmed. Crazy, right? To combat this, I slept with headphones in and my ipod on a very low volume, just to provide a little white/background noise, because with silence, my brain wanders to the worries. So maybe you could try that, just to barely distract your brain without making it so loud that you start singing along because then you’ll never get to sleep haha. Good luck changing your corral – I know you’re going to rock the marathon!!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) January 8, 2010, 9:35 am

    I used to have a hard time falling asleep when I was younger. I always ended up turning the tv on & using the sleep timer. Love the pancakes 🙂

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 8, 2010, 9:38 am

    Good luck with the corral issue. What a good tip from Dr. Oz. I will definitely be trying that one.

  • Kristin P. January 8, 2010, 9:39 am

    If I really have a hard time falling asleep, I start counting my breaths. Works every time.

  • megan January 8, 2010, 9:40 am

    I tend to get really anxious and nervous, but I still sleep ok somehow. if it’s really bad, I recite bible verses to myself to remind myself that God is in control, and the repetetiveness calms me down too.

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 8, 2010, 9:41 am

    I count my breaths — up to 100 — if I’m not asleep by then I read for awhile (normally poems, so it’s easy to stop — last thing you want is getting hooked on a book while you are trying to sleep) — then I try the 100 trick again 😉

    Normally the 100 trick works the first time, though 😉

  • Jo January 8, 2010, 9:42 am

    I have major issues with sleeping. The counting to 300 is good – I do a version where I count back from 100. But everynight when I get into bed I do relaxation exercises – I lie on my back (I sleep on my side) and work through my body from my head to my toes, relaxing everything. Another one is to start at yours toes and imagine that your body is filling up with concrete (or lead or whatever) and imagining it getting really heavy. Works a treat. If you still can’t sleep, get out of bed and do something and then go back to bed. Usually helps me. If you are really stuck, relaxation cds are good – there is a famous guy in the UK, Paul McKenna who does a good one but I’m sure you can find one online. I usually find I’m asleep before they end!

  • Catherine January 8, 2010, 9:43 am

    I always suffered from serious insomnia until I STARTED running! But of course there are still the occasional nights when I feel uneasy and can’t sleep. My no-fail method is to have my boyfriend give me a back rub. 🙂 Sometimes I’ll fall asleep within 5 minutes, other times it’s longer. But it is so relaxing and I find that it really helps me to sleep better throughout the night, as well. (Hope the husband is reading this!!)

    You might also want to eat foods high in tryptophan today. Tryptophan is the amino acid that, after a chain of chemical reactions, eventually gets converted to melatonin. The idea that food sources of tryptophan make a significant difference is still debated in the science world, but what isn’t? At least it won’t hinder you tomorrow like some pills or supplements might.

    Good luck! You are nervous now, but you are going to be on cloud 9 afterwards!

  • katherine January 8, 2010, 9:44 am

    I’ve always had bad pre-race jitters and haven’t found a foolproof method of dealing with them. Occassionally, it helps me to focus on super deep breathing and slowing everything down. I think of it like shavasana in yoga. And if that doesn’t work (as long as it’s not the night before the race), I’ll have a shot! 😉

  • Althea January 8, 2010, 9:50 am

    Hey! First of all, good luck at the race and with clearing up all the corral stuff.
    I know you said you don’t want to use sleep aids, but maybe for the future, have you ever heard of melatonin? When I have a hard time sleeping, I take one. You can buy melatonin in 1 mg tablets, which is what I use. Melatonin is produced naturally in the body, so it’s not like a chemical that you’re introducing into your body. Melatonin production in the body is usually signaled by a decrease in light, which tells your body it’s time to be getting to bed.

    Or to help your body know that it’s time to start getting sleepy, maybe dim the lights in your apartment so you can start to mentally prepare yourself for bed earlier. 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 8, 2010, 9:54 am

    If I can’t sleep it’s usually because I have a lot to do and i’m going over in my head everything I have to do and getting stressed and anxious about it. If that happens, I always make a list of everything going on in my head – that way, I know I won’t forget anything and it’s down on paper; then I can almost always go asleep.

    Like others have said, reading a book before bed helps me, as well as listening to soft songs on my ipod.

  • Neely January 8, 2010, 9:57 am

    CorralGate 2010!!!

    Girl, you’ll be fine. It’s a small issue and they’ll work it out for ya.

  • MelissaNibbles January 8, 2010, 9:57 am

    I didn’t sleep well last night either. It wasn’t because of any reasons on that pie chart though. My boyfriend snores like a hog when he sleeps on his back. I kept pushing him onto his side, but the bastard kept going to his back. I’d fall asleep and then all of a sudden “hooonk!! snooort! wooaash!” I’m so tired…

  • Nicole January 8, 2010, 9:58 am

    I can’t sleep the night before big events such as my wedding day, marathon days or big races, for day of a new job, etc. I also have trouble if I know I’m trying to remember to do something for the next day, so I keep a pad of paper by my bed to jot things down so I don’t forget in the AM!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life January 8, 2010, 10:01 am

    When I can’t sleep, I start saying the rosary. Usually that works pretty good for me!

  • Run Sarah January 8, 2010, 10:05 am

    I’ve been sleeping poorly too lately, mainly because my mind is overactive. I have to try the counting thing!

  • Samantha January 8, 2010, 10:07 am

    Those pancakes are sooo cute!! All this talk about the Disney Marathon is definitely exciting me up about my first half in April!! I want it to come now! 🙂

  • Christina January 8, 2010, 10:10 am

    I usually read before bed. It makes me tired!

  • Erin January 8, 2010, 10:12 am

    I read when I’m lying in bed and that helps me drift off — definitely can’t be watching TV or on the computer.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) January 8, 2010, 10:14 am

    My boyfriend is an insomniac and he stays up all night with the TV on. This is more than annoying for both of us but more for him obviously. If you find anything that works for you, keeps us posted. I’m surprised that you cannot sleep as you use so much energy through the day you should be wiped out.

  • alli January 8, 2010, 10:15 am

    if i can’t sleep i will journal write for a little bit or i will read something boring. maybe try writing out what concerns you, that way you get it out of your brain.
    also, i notice i have a harder time falling asleep when my day wasn’t as active. a brisk walk after dinner sometimes helps. good luck! can’t wait to read how sunday goes!

  • Eve January 8, 2010, 10:17 am

    Those pancakes are adorable!! Try to do some really relaxing feel good things today to calm you down. Good luck preparing for the race, I’m sure you will do really well!

  • Kelly January 8, 2010, 10:20 am

    Ugh! I hate not being able to sleep! I usually have to get up and do something else or I go crazy.

  • Jessica January 8, 2010, 10:21 am

    Good luck tomorrow!!!

    I have an idea for a post – I am marathon ignorant and have no clue what people are talking about with pacers and corrals and how all of that works. I am sure I could look it up on the internet but would love to hear a marathoner’s take!!

  • caronae January 8, 2010, 10:22 am

    I’ve been an insomniac since I was a kid. I have a couple of rules that I try to follow. No caffeine after noon, get into my bed with a good book (and make sure you are cozy), do a few stretches (for some reason this always relaxes my body), and stay calm! I tell myself that I have done my best, there is nothing more I can do, and tomorrow will be a new day. You can also try squeezing different muscles groups in your body really tightly for a few seconds each. Also, maybe have some herbal tea before you go to bed, this always reminds me that it’s time to go to sleep. Good luck!

  • Cyclist Kate January 8, 2010, 10:26 am

    If I know I’m going to have trouble sleeping, I take some valerian or drink Extra Sleepytime Tea (that has valerian in it) and sometimes a melatonin on top of that. Works like a charm!

    Then I get in bed, put earplugs in (because I become hypersensitive to any little noise), put a few drops of lavender oil on my pillow and my eye cover on.

    If all this doesn’t do it, I visualize being at the beach, next to the waves, drawing the word “sleep” in the sand. If I stay focused on this it almost always works.

  • ashleigh January 8, 2010, 10:28 am

    Perfect pancakes for marathon weekend!

    I am really bad at falling asleep and I couldn’t tell you the last time I slept through the whole night. I just try my best to limit caffeine in the afternoon and exercise always helps me sleep better. If I am desperate I will take melatonin which is a vitamin that aids sleep but I wouldn’t reccomend that on race day. Sometimes I count sheep- which actually works!! I will try Dr Oz’s tip bc I have a feeling that’s better than the sheepies!

  • Sammi January 8, 2010, 10:32 am

    The counting trick really works! I usually start at 1 though and am out by 20.. it is sooo boring. But you’re not thinking so your mind relaxes.

    Another trick that is supposed to work is leaving your bedroom. A change in environment is supposed to help you fall asleep faster! Good luck 🙂 You’ll do great tomorrow!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 8, 2010, 10:39 am

    If I really can’t sleep I get up and write for a while. About anything on my mind… After that I usually drift off right away. It’s good to get things out!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 8, 2010, 10:46 am

    i really don’t ever have issues with insomnia unless i fall asleep before i get in bed. usually when that happens i just focus on breathing…the sound, the feel, the rhythm…and at the very least it puts me in a restful state and then i can sleep 🙂

    I’m stoked for your race tomorrow…you’re going to do so great 🙂

  • Kristen January 8, 2010, 10:49 am

    Lately I am concerned about job security and also contemplating a career change so that is what keeps me up at night. Reading or some simple meditation help me to fall asleep more quickly.

  • Vicki January 8, 2010, 10:51 am

    Cute pancakes! 🙂 Good luck at the expo. Hope everything works out.

  • Evan Thomas January 8, 2010, 10:52 am

    Lol! Love the pancakes.
    This week I’ve been waking up at 4 consistently for no apparent reason and it’s really getting annoying. I need to figure out why it keeps happening and at the same time night after night

  • skinnyrunner January 8, 2010, 10:55 am

    my mom used to make mickey pancakes! i always sleep bad the night before a big race, im afraid ill oversleep which never happens.
    i am so jealous that all you guys get to run this race!!

  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run January 8, 2010, 10:58 am

    I do sometimes have sleep issues b/c of nerves before a race, but for some reason with my marathon I did not. I think b/c I knew I wasn’t “racing” for a time – just to finish – that eased the pressure a bit. And I knew that I had put in the work… and you have too – so just remember that marathon race day is a celebration of all your hardwork – don’t think of it as just a race. Make it more like a party!! 🙂

  • Allison January 8, 2010, 11:02 am

    Oh my gosh, I’m horrible at falling asleep. I’ll lay in bed for hours. I get so mad because my bf falls asleep instantly no matter what and I just lay there, haha. What helps me is to read or lay in bed and concentrate on relaxing every muscle in my body from my head to my toes. I do a body part every time I breathe in and out. When I do that I’m out before I make it to my knees.

    I’d say good luck in the race tomorrow but really, you don’t need luck. You’ve prepared so well and put all the work in…you’re ready! All that’s left to do is the fun part. Just go out there and enjoy what you’ve earned! you’ll do amazing!!

  • Sarah January 8, 2010, 11:05 am

    It’s kind of annoying that you keep writing about how you are worried about your “corral issues” whatever that means, I’m admitedly not a marathoner. Your “problem” sounds like such a rich person problem,

    Can you please stop and consider for a moment that there are people out there dying of hunger.

    Or that the US is still in a war.

    Or like Kristen #53 lots of people have lost their job in this crappy economy.

    Still worried about your corral problem?

    • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 8, 2010, 11:23 am

      Geez. Calm down. This is a fitness blog, not a political blog. Everyone worries about different things!

    • MelissaNibbles January 8, 2010, 11:57 am

      Considering this is a blog about running and fitness in general, her corral problem is quite pertinent and interesting to some of us. Perhaps you should consider reading this website if you’re looking for war about the news or the economy: http://www.cnn.com/

      • Sarah January 8, 2010, 12:02 pm

        Thanks for the suggestions. I’m actually not interested in politics; I just wanted to give Caitlin some perspective and show her that in the grand scheme of things her problems are quite minor.

    • caitlin January 8, 2010, 7:32 pm

      Well, I do worry about “larger” issues, which is why I raised $3000 for cancer research while training for this marathon.

  • Christy January 8, 2010, 11:06 am

    Yeah, I find it hard to fall/stay asleep some nights. Doesn’t happen often but when it does, I usually just allow myself to get up and maybe watch some tv or read a book. Then I’ll ususally fall back asleep. If it starts early in the night (before midnight) I usually will take a OTC sleeping aid. Good luck with getting the race situation squared away!

  • taylor January 8, 2010, 11:08 am

    i have not gotten a decent nights sleep in a year.. last night about 45 mins. no caffiene, no exercise, 3 hours before. there are foods that can trigger sleep as well. eat a small bowl of cereal about 2 hrs before. the milk has key minerals when combined with the carbs from the cereal that can help you to fall asleep. this has helped me before in the past..

  • Lu January 8, 2010, 11:13 am

    Good luck this weekend. I know you’ll do great. I have difficultly sleeping when I am stressed out. I can fall asleep, but then I wake up and have trouble falling asleep again. I can also be restless all night and not ever fall deeply to sleep. That happened last night. I hope you feel better about your corral situation.

  • Mrs. Muffins January 8, 2010, 11:14 am

    I don’t sleep much these days… In fact I haven’t slept all through the night since about August of 2008 (the beginning of my pregnancy!!!) But even before having a baby, I had trouble sleeping, I just think too much. I’ve tried a lot of things but the best is getting a massage from Hubby or, when he’s not home, clenching up all my muscles one at a time and then relaxing them. I heard this tip from a friend and it really does help… although sometimes I have to start over again halfway through because I get sidetracked. Hee hee.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances January 8, 2010, 11:17 am

    Not sleeping well is horrible! I hope you sleep soundly tonight. Can’t wait to read your marathon recap!!! Rest up!

  • Samantha January 8, 2010, 11:18 am

    I love sleeping SO much!! But I have the worst time getting to sleep. Money issues are causing me lots of stress. Not knowing if we will have money next week is terrible!! I have taken melatonin pills before to help me sleep, but I don’t like to rely on them.

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete January 8, 2010, 11:21 am

    I have a hard time sleeping when the hubby is gone. He just got deployed for 4 months so I have been employing this method for the past few days since he has been gone:

    Say good night to your body parts. I know it’s weird, but I heard about it college, and it actually works. Start with your toes. Say in your head:

    Good night, toes. Good night, ankles. Good night, feet. Good night, calves. Good night, shins. Good night, knees.

    Do this until you reach the top of your head. Hopefully, you won’t get there because this will be so boring. It has worked for me lately. Good luck! 😉

  • Amber K January 8, 2010, 11:24 am

    I have problems sleeping every night! I have never heard to try counting from 300 by 3’s. I hate math so I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it, and that isn’t even complicated math! lol

    Good luck for you race! I can’t wait to read about it. And those pancakes look so good!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health January 8, 2010, 11:30 am

    Ironic, I couldn’t sleep last night after watching that show. I tried the 300 backwards thing and it did not work 🙁 But, probably because I was just so frustrated by not sleeping at that point I didn’t hang with doing it very long.

  • Carolyn January 8, 2010, 11:39 am

    I had a hard time sleeping before my first 5k!! I’m sure it will be the same before all my races. Other than that, though, I don’t generally have problems sleeping.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 8, 2010, 11:40 am

    When I can’t sleep, I can’t just lay there and try. I usually get up and do something like watch tv or read a book until my eyes get heavy, then I try again. I like the counting from 300 by 3’s thing, that would be hard! Good luck tonight 🙂

  • Amanda January 8, 2010, 11:41 am

    Love the pancakes! Good luck on your big race!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion January 8, 2010, 11:50 am

    I actually was and insomniac as a kid (ages 8-10) it was terrible! I learned a bunch of relaxation techniques that worked. But, I haven’t needed to use them in YEARS!!!!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 8, 2010, 12:13 pm

    you are going to laugh but…I always think about becoming famous, publishing a book, working for a magazine or being in a movie. It’s totally dorky but it helps me sleep because I end up dreaming about these things and it makes me happy.

    Oh man I am a dork

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) January 8, 2010, 12:15 pm

    I’m about to have some pancakes, too! Yum!

    I too get sleep aniety before a big event.. not necessarily a big race, but anything new or extra exciting that may be looming in the distance. I usually just lay there, or put on the T.V. or my computer. I hope you get everything sorted out at the expo!

  • Madison January 8, 2010, 12:19 pm

    So cute that you ate Mickey pancakes!

    Hope everything gets sorted out at the expo!

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 8, 2010, 12:24 pm

    Think of it as excitement, not anxiety – that used to work for me!
    I always count whenI can’t sleep. Usually breaths or something, something that takes ages…if

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 8, 2010, 12:25 pm

    (oops, sent too soon!!) I get to 1000 it’s a bad night lol!
    Hope you sleep better tonight 🙂

  • Katharine January 8, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Good luck getting your corral changed – and getting a good night’s sleep!

  • Rosey Rebecca January 8, 2010, 12:31 pm

    Oh man! Those mickey pancakes look so cute (and yummy!) Good luck with your race. You have nothing to worry about- you’re going to be great!

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) January 8, 2010, 12:32 pm

    Love the adorable pancakes 🙂

    I used to suffer from terrible insomnia a couple years ago. I still get it from time to time. My tricks are waking up early, keeping BUSY throughout the day, eating healthy, excercising, taking a shower or bath before bed and reading in bed to fall asleep.

  • Beth January 8, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I have suffered from anxiety related insomnia for years! This is a biggie, but the best thing i ever did for not only my runner’s body, but for my insomnia was buy a tempurpedic mattress. It has basically cured me of insomnia. I also MUST have ear plugs and an eye mask and that really helps quiet the room and you only hear your breathing. Try that the night before your race, but let’s face it, when you’re excited nothing is really gonna help!

  • Kathleen January 8, 2010, 12:57 pm

    So sorry you couldn’t get to sleep last night! I had issues with insomnia for years but a doctor gave me a muscle relaxation program (where you combine deep breathing with clenching different muscle groups for 10 seconds, letting go and deep breathing for 30 seconds. Start with your jaw, then your shoulders, then arms and hands, then stomach, then legs, etc. Sorry I don’t have a more specific answer but this helps tremendously!

  • Mary January 8, 2010, 1:06 pm

    I hate when my insomnia is raging ! 🙁 If I watch tv, I’ll just stay up all night watching tv. The thing that works best for me is reading a book in bed… It almost always works. The key is, not having to get out of bed to turn the light off, as that always wakes me back up.

  • amber@theminimalistdiaries January 8, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I swear it’s the simplest trick but it works every time for me. I take 10 DEEP breaths – inhale and exhale as much as you can. If you don’t feel relaxed by the 10th breath do it again. It’s like a mini-meditation and works with headaches too 🙂

  • Jenny January 8, 2010, 1:29 pm

    A trick I’ve used to help me get to sleep sometimes is tighting and releasing EVERY muscle in your body starting with your toes and ascending. By the time I get to my shoulders, I’m usually half-way to dreamland 🙂

    Hope you get some rest!

  • Lee January 8, 2010, 1:29 pm

    Those pancakes are so cute.

    I have trouble sleeping before a race too. I figure if it’s just that one day, and not general insomnia, I’ll just nap after.

  • Lauren January 8, 2010, 1:37 pm

    Aw, such cute pancakes!

    I’ve had a lot of difficult staying asleep the past few weeks. My boyfriend has been away in FL (his homestate) coaching soccer, and I’ve annoying begun sleeping HORRIBLY when he’s away! I have no idea why. We have an 8-month-old puppy, and for some reason, I’m hyperaware of him all night…I’m very worried that he’ll need to go out, etc. (He never does til morning!) hahaha. Insomnia can be so illogical sometimes. Nonetheless, very glad my boyfriend returns tomorrow 🙂

    I also have trouble sleeping before a race. I think that is a very common problem among racers. You’ll be fine!

  • Lauren January 8, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Meh, ignore the rampant typos in my post. Evidently I’m tired =/

  • Laura Georgina January 8, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I hope you get the corral issue sorted!

    I don’t generally suffer from insomnia, but I find that if I lay in bed for twenty minutes and don’t fall asleep, reading for a bit helps–once I start reading it takes about 15 minutes for my body to reset and figure out it’s bedtime. Just make sure you don’t pick up a total page-turner or you’ll stay awake and interested!

  • Michelle in Alaska January 8, 2010, 2:16 pm

    I really hate to play devil’s advocate, but when I read your comment about one of you pancakes being deformed and not blog worthy, I couldn’t help but think of people who have a deformity and how we judge what we believe are imperfections. While I know you are not at all refering to people, but the pancake it made me think of an episode I saw on TLC, called Born Different. They highlighted people who were born with uncommon things such as born with no legs, and a child that does not age who is 17 years old but still looks like an infant.

    I guess my question is, does our bias against even “deformed” looking food reinforce the unrealistic standards that society has deemed as beautiful or “worthy”? Or simply show that we are human and we just like astetically pleasing people/things?

  • Jessica January 8, 2010, 2:17 pm

    I never fall asleep and stay asleep for 6-8 hours and I hate it! It’s always something-anxiety, bf’s snoring, the dog, having to pee…I’d kill for uninterrupted sleep! I’ve got to get earplugs and an eye mask!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers January 8, 2010, 2:23 pm

    i have to say this post title is the best. i definitely laughed out loud when i read it & saw your ‘cakes. 🙂

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 8, 2010, 2:28 pm

    nerves is one thing that really will keep me from sleeping. I’d say do yoga and relax. Jitters suck!

    Good luck with everything!!!!!

  • Nicole (dishin') January 8, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Sorry you haven’t been sleeping good…it’s the worst feeling being awake when you want to sleep. I usually read or count and it tends to work for me. Good luck!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 8, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I don’t fight not being able to sleep. I get up and do something. I write, I read, I do some Zen In Your Den Yoga (the video is on hulu.com). Then when I do fall asleep I force myself to get up at the regular time so I don’t wreck my body clock.

    Granted this won’t help you get need sleep before a big event like a marathon.

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 8, 2010, 3:33 pm

    I used to lay around for at least a half hour before falling asleep at night. My mind goes into overdrive when I try to relax. But now I read before bed. It helps me relax and lets my mind focus on one thing till I just drift off. Love it!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full January 8, 2010, 3:34 pm

    Counting backwards works for me! I have the worst time falling asleep every night. I usually count backwards from 250.

  • Jenn (j3nn.net) January 8, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Cute pancakes!!

    The only times I have a hard time falling asleep is when I am anxious about the next day – or – when it’s too hot in the room. I have to sleep in the arctic!


  • Katie January 8, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I hope that your corral issue works out! Love the pancakes, they are adorable!

  • Gina January 8, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Hey u ate my boyfriend???:) Ha…his name is Mickey, actually!

  • KellyB January 8, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Ask your sweet and handsome husband to give you an all-over body massage while you are lying in bed. It will work!

  • Laura January 8, 2010, 4:05 pm

    Your pancakes put a big ol’ smile on my face! I just love your blog! Congratulations on getting to the start line injury free and ready to go! That is a major accomplishment. I love your choice to run it for fun!

    I think you are a list person. So I’d suggest writing down all your stresses/troubles and some possible “solutions” and worst case scenarios. But only give yourself 5 minutes to do this. And then put that piece of paper on your desk to deal with the following day – this helps me clear my mind. That and a hot bath with a glass of wine :-). Have fun on Sunday! Hope you get to high five Mickey!

  • Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) January 8, 2010, 5:01 pm

    Your pancakes are so cute! love it! As far as sleep goes generally I don’t have a problem falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow but when I do it’s usually because my brain won’t shut off and I’m thinking about a million different things I need to do or worry about!

  • Pete January 8, 2010, 5:14 pm

    I highly recommend the “counting backwards from 300 by 3’s” technique. You just have to focus on the numbers, almost visualizing them on a giant scoreboard. Inhale and exhale between counts. If you get frustrated that it isn’t working, start over. This seems to work best when you wake up overnight and can’t get back to sleep. I’ve never counted below 270. It really works!

    One other marathon sleep tip: I was at work until 2 am the Thursday night before my first and only marathon on Sunday (also with TnT!). I was completely worried that it would affect my race. It didn’t. You will be fine. Best of luck to you. It will be a day you will never forget and an accomplishment you can be proud of for the rest of your life, so soak it in!

  • Allison K January 8, 2010, 5:18 pm

    Good Luck this weekend!
    My trick is to try to make up a story in my head, like a dream. Eventually I fall asleep. THis sounds much wierder to me now that I have typed it for the internet to see.

  • Jenna January 8, 2010, 5:19 pm

    Lovin the Mickey pancakes, super cute!
    I’m gonna try that trick next time I can’t sleep!
    Hope you resolve your corral problem today!

  • Lisa January 8, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Great looking pancakes 🙂 So cute!
    Sending lots of good sleep vibes your way!!!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 8, 2010, 6:54 pm

    I have trouble falling asleep a lot, or sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep. I haven’t figured out a solution yet 🙁 (well except not drinking 😉

  • Sherri January 8, 2010, 7:41 pm

    hope you sorted out the corral issue… if not, just think of all the people you’ll pass before you meet your pal after the three mile mark. lol!! remember you’re goal is to have FUN!!

  • Sherri January 8, 2010, 7:41 pm

    your 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 8, 2010, 8:22 pm

    I love shaped pancakes. I actually use cookie cutters when my cousins are visiting.

    I use lavendar to help me sleep. It isn’t too much but the scent is relaxing. The counting thing just frustrates me.

  • Rachel January 8, 2010, 8:26 pm

    Argh, I want pancakes!

    When I can’t fall asleep, I think of the last book I read and go through the plot in my head with me as the main character until I do, hahahaha. I don’t think it’s a good way to fall asleep, but it’s entertaining when you can’t 😀

  • Robyn January 8, 2010, 9:49 pm


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