Preparing Huawei Venicemarathon: The Warriors Rest
This week in Italy and most of Europe the scorching summer temperatures have taken a nosedive, guiding us slowly and gently into fall. You might be sad for the end of summer but cooler weather will translate into faster running times. Rather than having to get up at dawn in order to get a training session, you can run again on a lunch break.  But a change in season still puts stress on the body. One day it's hot, the next day it’s cold and our bodies don’t always adapt well.

For runners preparing Venicemarathon the next two months will be the most important. That’s why I urge you while there is still time to get your sleep habits in place. I consider sleep and rest just as important as a workout. Getting at least eight hours of sleep (or more!) will keep your immune system strong. It will help your muscles recover while you relax after longer workouts. Better rest will help your body adapt to the new season.

I asked Betina Habuda, our Parisien runner preparing for Venicemarathon to talk about her own sleeping habits so we can get some insight as to how she is doing.

Do you track your sleep with a device, Betina?
No, I don’t track my sleep, I get a good idea on how many hours I’m sleeping by just checking what time I go to sleep and what time I set my alarm at.

How many hours do you sleep on average per night?
I try to sleep at least 7 hours though 8 hours would be optimal. I usually wake up between 6:00 and 6:30 am so it’s not easy to sleep more than that. On try and make up for it on the weekends with a little extra sleep and afternoon naps.

While training for Venicemarathon do you feel you need more sleep?
Yes, definitely. In these next two months I’ll be more focused on rest and getting to bed earlier.

Do you fall asleep right away?
The first thing I do is switch my phone off early so I’m not using it before going to bed. Then I get in bed with a book and read until I start to get sleepy. This is the best combo for me!