I’ve just returned from the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend, and I can tell you that sleep was at a premium this past week! Though proper restorative sleep is a necessity for optimum athletic performance, the six-hour time difference and excitement of touring another Disney Park made seven to nine hours sleep a night next to impossible pour moi. Did my half marathon time suffer as a result? You bet your Euros it did.
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If runDisney race weekends are notorious for being PR busters, this is most likely the culprit. If you look at the graphic, professional athletes aim for ten to twelve hours of sleep a night. Imagine what our running times would look like after a good night’s sleep! Though “race jitters” also may interfere with the sleep cycle, proper night-before preparations will help put your mind to rest: train well, set two alarm notifications, lay out your running clothes (including completing the info on the backside of your bib and pinning it to your race shirt), and setting out your pre-race breakfast.
Training, nutrition, hydration, and SLEEP- all are equally necessary for prime athletic performance. On National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, make the notation and make sleep a priority for your next race!