According to US News and World Reports, 15 million Americans work the night shift. And according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, one-fifth of all Americans work in the evening, at night, or on a rotating shift. I’m one of those people. Here is the story of how I adapted to training while working night shift.
I started as a nurse about seven years ago. The first job I landed was a day-shift only position. Sure, it’s not easy to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to squeeze in a run before work, but it’s relatively normal and something most runners have to do at some point. Less than a year later, I landed a better position for my career, but one requiring me to rotate from day shift (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) to night shift (7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.). I was young and didn’t have a family to worry about or anything like that, so I just went along with whatever the scheduler needed. Read more >>