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Weight loss, running and night shift

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Little back ground: Since January I have lost 60 pounds and have ran a few 5K races. I try to run 4-5 days a week and I am up to 6 miles/day. I have signed up for a half marathon next year. I was working days in an ICU unit and then switched to dialysis (which I do not like). I am now going to start in a Neuro ICU in 2 weeks night shift. My concern is I don't want to gain any weight back, I have been on night shift before and eating pizza at 2 am is never good, well atleast for your hips. Now for the question, for you that run and work night shift how do you do it, what is your schedule for running and how do you eat and what? I will be three 12 hour nights every third weekend and I will have about a 50 min drive both ways.

Thanks for any replies.

Tina

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Pack your food. Lots of fruit.

Run as soon as you get home.

I started running again, too, and have taken off 20 pounds so far. I go to nights next week. That's my plan.

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i always eat before I go to work, and usually bring a light snack to eat if I need something to hold me over in the middle of the noc.

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I just started on nights 2 weeks ago and am in the middle of triathlon training. I only work 2 nights a week so I know those following 2 mornings are a wash. In the afternoon I may try and do some free weights. I try to utilize the other 5 days as best I can.

Take your own food and keep it light and healthy.

congrats on your 60 lb weight loss!

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Do most of you running nurses who work 12 hours shifts just skip any major exercise on days that you work, or do you try to squeeze it in? Seems like a good time to take your rest days.

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Congrats on your weight loss! Ditto to some of the above comments: pack your own food. Bring lots of good-quality snacks - fruit, veggies, crackers, etc.

For me, running right after work generally doesn't work if I am going back to work that night, because I can't sleep too well right after I run. I'm a girl who loves my sleep, so I get that in first! What I have usually done is to take it easy, 30-40 minutes in between my nights working (before I go to work). I've trained for a half marathon successfully (2:01, so not real fast but I was happy with it) on that kind of a schedule - you don't lose too much training by taking it easy a few days!

I guess you really just have to try to figure out what works for you!

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Congrats on the weight loss. I started running again too. I usually work 3 12 in a row. The next day off is a waste but I run on the other 3 days that I am off. I need to get a better routine together though. I used to run 5 days a week but now not so much.

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Congrats on your weight loss! Ditto to some of the above comments: pack your own food. Bring lots of good-quality snacks - fruit, veggies, crackers, etc.

For me, running right after work generally doesn't work if I am going back to work that night, because I can't sleep too well right after I run. I'm a girl who loves my sleep, so I get that in first! What I have usually done is to take it easy, 30-40 minutes in between my nights working (before I go to work). I've trained for a half marathon successfully (2:01, so not real fast but I was happy with it) on that kind of a schedule - you don't lose too much training by taking it easy a few days!

I guess you really just have to try to figure out what works for you!

I work 8s. 12s, I'd just drop down dead afterwards, plus I, too, am energized after a run. But I have never been a morning runner. After work or lunch has always worked best for me, but health care isn't a field conducive to, well, health.

2:01 would be one minute shy of my dream for that race. The one I did was 2:45, exactly what I predicted. I'm not fast. Just dogged'.

Although starting at 11, evening runs might work. But then, it'll be like morning!

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I do NOTHING on the days between work (night shift). I only work Sat/Sun nights so Monday I'm usually spent, too, until the evening. Just started running and I'm at a mile..hah..I don't know how fast I can bump that up because I have awful endurance.

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Getting insufficient sleep is a common problem for night workers. And it contributes to wrong levels of leptin and the other weight loss hormone (gherlein?), per my pulmonologist/sleep apnea doctor. I hope nights won't mess this up for you, as you are working on wt loss.

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I run in the afternoon before my nap on my first night, then will get another run in before my last night. Basically, if I get home and into bed by 0830, sleep until 1600, get up, run, I have plenty of time to get ready and to work by 1930. Then I run at least 2 of my 4 days off. I also like to try to run early one day, then late the next day so I have more than 24 hours of recovery but still 2 runs in 2 days. Be creative, and be determined, just as you were with the weight loss in the first place. Follow that determination with what you choose to eat at 2am! Congrats and keep it up! :yeah: :dance: :yeah:

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Just to add to what Vito has said, I have been reading that getting 8 hours of regular sleep a night is the single best way to increase a sluggish metabolism. I understand that shift work makes this really hard...but maybe it's better to get that extra sleep than getting that run in... Also eating regular meals (don't go too long without eating), and resistance exercise like strength training or yoga even just a couple times a week. The fact that you are already a runner is a huge bonus!

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