12 Hours of Sleep

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I’ve been struggling with sleep lately – waking up in the middle of the night, waking up early, experiencing trouble falling asleep in the first place.  It’s been going on for two straight weeks, and today, it finally all hit me.


I ended up sleeping for twelve hours!  I woke up at 7:00 AM, checked e-mail, and then went back to sleep on the couch (I like sleeping on the couch; it’s weird).  At 10:00 AM, the Husband woke up and asked me if I wanted to go sleep in bed… I ended up sleeping until noon!


At noon, a light knock on the door woke me up – the Husband had made me breakfast in bed!


Cue: Awww.  I think he was concerned about me since I slept for SO long.


He made me a whole wheat English muffin with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and grilled bananas.


Barney Butter might have some intense competition for my favorite brand of almond butter!


Maggie likes snuggling in, too.


The Husband also made me English breakfast tea in the “love mug.”  Nice touch, Hus!


Breakfast was kind of light (and my stomach was growling for 12 hours without food!), so I had a small portion of Pumpkin Yogurt and Blueberry Pomegranate Granola.  The flavors actually mixed pretty well.


Always one to listen to my body, I am going to take today off from intense cardio.  My arm is still sore so swimming is out of the question anyway.  I feel like needing to sleep for 12 hours probably means I should relax and rest my body today.


This week was definitely the beginning of my triathlon taper.   Week 5 of triathlon training in summary:


  • Run: 11.5 miles (5.5 miles less than last week)
  • Swim: 750 meters (3,850 meters less than last week – blah! I hate injuries.)
  • Bike: 37.0 miles: (11.0 miles less than last week)


I wish I had been able to swim more, but I’ve got the skills down and what’s done is done.  Only 6 more days to go until my first Olympic Triathlon!  I’m nervous and excited!



  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 7, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Awwwwww! hahaha. You’re bod probably needed rest with all the training you’ve been doing.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Justin’s Maple…oh my oh my oh my. I can eat it like yogurt.

  • Evan Thomas March 7, 2010, 1:21 pm

    Hahaha, I thought sleeping in until 9:30 this morning was late! But doesn’t it feel so good to catch up like that?

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 7, 2010, 1:21 pm

    I like sleeping on the couch too – and so does my husband. There is just something about it. 🙂

  • Jojo March 7, 2010, 1:22 pm

    I’m happy you are listening to your body. I can never get enough sleep in and it’s recently been catching up with me, but I keep pushing through. Maybe, I’ll follow your lead today and have a lazy Sunday.

  • Matt March 7, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Watch out for overtraining. Trouble sleeping is a huge symptom.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2010, 1:28 pm

      i agree! i think i’ve been having trouble sleeping mostly due to personal problems, but i think training hard is a factor.

      it’s so unfair – sleeping should be easier when you work out really hard!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 7, 2010, 1:38 pm

    How interesting, I didn’t know trouble sleeping was a symptom of over training – I struggled to sleep last week, and had some of the worst runs in a while – maybe they’re linked!?
    I bet 12 hours was lovely though either way,espec with breakfast in bed at the end of it 🙂

  • Lee March 7, 2010, 1:40 pm

    I do the exact same thin in the morning. I get up around 7, check email, feed the dog and go to sleep on the couch.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 7, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Girl, you are gonna ROCK the triathalon!!! You are right, you have the skills down. Now you just gotta let your body do it’s thing!!
    Your hubbie is so sweet!!!!

  • Kayla March 7, 2010, 1:48 pm

    I have phases when I have trouble sleeping, it’s not fun! Definitely sounds like you need a rest day!

  • Bec March 7, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I had an amazing sleep too, sometimes you just need it! Good luck with the rest of your training 🙂

  • Christie March 7, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Awww~ what a great hubby!

    Doesn’t it feel amazing to get that much sleep sometimes?! I love it! I know we’re supposed to sleep on a typical pattern (usual # of hours) but sometimes I just love listening to my body and becoming one with the comforter! 🙂 Hope it makes you feel fab all day!


  • Rachel March 7, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I am glad you gave your body the chance to rest and catch up. It definitely needed it. Interesting about sleep troubles being a symptom of overtraining… didn’t know that! You are so ready for the tri – don’t sweat the workouts this week!

  • Dori March 7, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I think Justin’s is a lot better and more nutty tasting than Barney! Your sleep sounds so nice!

  • Kathleen March 7, 2010, 2:12 pm

    How sweet of the husband to make u brekkie in bed! What a thoughtful guy!!! I’m glad you caught up on sleep and I really hope that you arm feels better soon! Has the cupping been feeling like it helps (this might be something I would be interested in if it works) or does it take more time than this to see a difference?

    • Caitlin March 7, 2010, 2:13 pm

      it does seem like it’s helping, but its still just sore. 🙁

      • Kathleen March 7, 2010, 6:20 pm

        I’m so sorry to hear that! Hopefully something turns around soon 🙂 Don’t worry…you’re gonna rock it no matter what, especially after all the preparation you’ve already put in!!! I believe in you!

  • Katie @ Two Lives, One Lifestyle March 7, 2010, 2:16 pm

    What a nice relaxing day so far, I hope you get the rest you need so you can go into the race strong!!

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris March 7, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Looks like a great morning! Your husband is so sweet!
    Good luck for your last days before the triathlon!

  • Nicole March 7, 2010, 2:34 pm

    Really sweet of the husband to make you breakfast. (and tea in the love cup!)I’m really excited for you and your tri. Sundays are the perfect day for rest so take advantage! How often do you have to do the cupping method? I mean, is it something you have to do consistently once a day? Or is it just a one time thing? Once a week? I’m just really interested…

  • Run Sarah March 7, 2010, 2:37 pm

    I slept 10.5 hours last night too, it felt great! What a sweet breakfast in bed too 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 7, 2010, 2:42 pm

    That’s so sweet of The Husband to make you breakfast in bed. I haven’t slept til noon in quite some time – sometimes we just need the extra sleep! Lately I’ve been doing pretty good on 7.5 hours 🙂

  • Michelle March 7, 2010, 2:48 pm

    sounds like the start to a great day, sleepin in and your hubby making you b-fast in bed! I am happy for you that you got the sleep and an amazing guy! 🙂 I hope your arm feels much better tomorrow!

  • Runeatrepeat March 7, 2010, 3:02 pm

    Have you tried taking melatonin for trouble sleeping?

    In ref to your last post – I wear man-ish sunglasses and have never found a pair of cute ones that work 🙁 Let me know if you do.

    • Caitlin March 7, 2010, 3:03 pm

      yes… it helped but it gave me scary ass dreams.

      • chandra h March 7, 2010, 4:29 pm

        omg melatonin gives me crazy dreams too! i take one or two some nights when i wanna just get knocked out, but i always get weird dreams + feel super groggy trying to wake up the next morning

  • Thirtyandhealthy March 7, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I can’t believe your Tri is so close. I’m really excited to read your re-cap when it comes. I’ve never known anybody do a triathlon before. It’s definitely good that you are listening to your body and taking it easy.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 7, 2010, 3:12 pm

    Aww your husband gets mega brownie points for breakfast in bed 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 7, 2010, 3:21 pm

    You must have really needed that sleep! It feels so good to catch up on it like that!

  • John March 7, 2010, 3:29 pm

    They say it’s good to catch up on your sleep when you’re running a deficit. Unlike missing a workout catching up on sleep is a good thing. Looking forward to your OLY report.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 7, 2010, 3:33 pm

    last saturday night I passed out from 9:30 pm (what a party animal) to 7:30. Sleep catches up to you at times. Especially with all your training, you’re sure to need some rest. I can’t believe it’s time for your tapering…I feel like your training just started.

  • Samantha March 7, 2010, 3:37 pm

    Good luck on your taper week and your tri next weekend!

    It’s funny how our bodies pop up and remind us what they really need isn’t it? It’s nice for you to have the husband to take care of you.

    I LOVE the Justin’s butter but we only have it in the sample size packs here which are $$$ (1.19 each) and a pain to clean out. I’ve never tried Barney Butter but I bought the last jar at WF while I was in HI and it’s on it’s way to me in a box I had to ship back to myself!

    Your pumpkin spice latte baked oatmeal is in my oven right now for my pre 11 mile run breakfast, can’t wait to dig in!

  • Daniel March 7, 2010, 3:59 pm

    Yea, I agree with most people, it’s wonderful to catch up on some sleep when you need it. Sometimes you just need a bit more than what you’re used to and your body needs a nice long recharge. 🙂

    Good luck with the triathlon!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 7, 2010, 4:10 pm

    ahh glorious sleep followed up by breakfast in bed. awesome.

  • jen trinque March 7, 2010, 4:11 pm

    Have you tried an “unwind ritual” right before bed? Maybe with low light, stretching, and setting your intentions for a good night’s sleep? Seems to help me 🙂

  • emily March 7, 2010, 4:20 pm

    I’ve been having a TERRIBLE time getting to sleep at well. I was still flipping around at 4am the other day! If you find a natural solution please post about it.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 7, 2010, 4:31 pm

    How sweet that he made you breakfast in bed!

    On a random note, I tried your grilled banana sandwich for breakfast today. Fantastic! Although I didn’t have any powdered sugar, it was still great! I can’t wait to try it with strawberries!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething March 7, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Girl you needed it! You have been training so hard……just what the doctor ordered-good for you 🙂

  • Jessica March 7, 2010, 4:42 pm

    I haven’t stayed in bed past 8:30am in over a year! I would if my body would let me, but the internal alarm clock goes off and i’m awake. I think you really must have needed a long sleep!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) March 7, 2010, 4:46 pm

    Awww how sweet for breakfast in bed.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 7, 2010, 4:54 pm

    that is SO cute…breakfast in bed is such a fun thing to do for each other 🙂

  • Rosa March 7, 2010, 5:12 pm

    The body will eventually take what it needs. It is great that you took the time to rest and now recover.

    I took a picture and it made me think of your Operation Beautiful. Check it out here:


  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) March 7, 2010, 5:39 pm

    Glad to hear that you got some well needed sleep! I find that increased training leaves me needing so much sleep 🙂

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) March 7, 2010, 6:01 pm

    Oh, i am BIG fan of Justin’s nutbutters.. I just wish they weren’t so pricey. :-/

    Funny you mention sleep trouble- I’ve been having issues lately too.. just plain out difficulty falling asleep. Super annoying.

  • Heather March 7, 2010, 6:02 pm

    glad you got some sleep! I do that every weekend pretty much (not 12 hours but about 10)

  • Sammi March 7, 2010, 6:13 pm

    I was wondering where you were! I’m glad you were able to get some much needed sleep! That’s so sweet of the husband to make you breakfast in bed!

  • Jessica March 7, 2010, 6:35 pm

    Yea, now i’m craving straight carbs. English muffins with nut butttttttta to be exact! That breakfast sounds so amazing. And your husband is too sweet–love that he made breakfast for you!

    Hope you’re having a lovelyy night Caitlin!!

  • Gabriela March 7, 2010, 6:35 pm

    Awww – your husband´s so cute!
    Lovely pics! Wonderful eats!
    Gotta love AB – I´m sure it tastes like heaven 😉
    Have an amazing week, Caitlin!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  • Ellen Collis March 7, 2010, 7:39 pm

    I went to bed at 3am Friday night and woke up at 8:30! I was so mad at myself for waking up, but I couldn’t stay in bed for some reason. I guess that explains the two-hour nap I had today. Enjoy your tapering. I remember when I swam competitively in high school and we tapered before a big meet—it was the best. But I also had to grow out my leg hair for a few months and shave it right before the meet. It was kind of gross, but I never had boyfriends in high school, so it didn’t really matter. HA!


  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward March 7, 2010, 7:53 pm

    Awww what a great husband!

  • Susan @ Journey for Health March 7, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Sleep is awesome 🙂 Funny thing for me though, I never want to go to bed and never want to get up when I have to, lol.

    The tea in that adorable mug was a great touch. Do you drink milk in your tea, too? My boyfriend thinks I am weird…

    I just tasted Barney Butter today – YUM.

  • Anne P March 7, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww that is SO cute!!! Does he have any hot British relatives? 😉

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 7, 2010, 9:43 pm

    The hubby is sweet 🙂 Sometimes I have sleeps like that. Our bodies know how to take care of themselves!!

  • Lisa March 7, 2010, 9:57 pm

    So glad you got some sleep! I’ve been having trouble with that too. Your husband is so sweet to bring you breakfast in bed!

  • Carolyn March 7, 2010, 10:01 pm

    You must have really needed the sleep!! Glad you were able to finally get it!!

  • Eliza March 8, 2010, 1:24 am

    Sleeping on the couch is good I think cause there is less pressure to sleep, you just totally relax

    • Caitlin March 8, 2010, 7:38 am

      i never thought about it like that but i think you’re right!

      • Eliza March 8, 2010, 1:12 pm

        I think when we have trouble sleeping we form a connection between bed and not sleeping, and when you are tired on the couch and not stressing about not sleeping,it is so much easier to sleep

  • Sara March 8, 2010, 10:02 am

    Hey Caitlin! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, but this is the first time I’m commenting. I am a runner and swimmer, but more heavy on the swimming side (I’ve swam competitively for 17 years, ran track for 2 seasons, but starting to sign up for more distance running events). I’ve also coached swimming for ages 6-18 and taught private lessons and play club water polo.

    Anyways, just wanted to say that despite what people think, swimming can cause injuries! I always tell people that swimming is easy on the legs but hard on the shoulders/arms/back. So remember to do lots of arm and back stretching as you train swimming! Swimming is the only sport where you probably won’t have injuries from IMPACT, but you can still get injured from overuse or not having proper form. This is especially true because there is so much repetitive motion.

    When I was on a team where we had to practice everyday, if certain muscles were bothering me I would switch up strokes since all four use different muscles (i.e freestyle does not bother my back as much as butterfly). However, now that I swim mainly for workout/recreation, I just take days off until things feel good again.

    Good luck with your triathlon! I know you will be amazing!

  • Marysa March 15, 2010, 12:28 am

    One glass of red wine helps me sleep comfortably. I don’t drink this every night just a night when I’m really anxious about the next day. More than one glass can make you groggy (and possibly a hangover) the next morning though.

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