Tuesday, August 4, 2009

When Will I Learn???

For those of you who may have stumbled upon my blog recently may not be aware that I have issues. I am fully aware of my issues and know that I am a work in progress. You would think someone of my age and semi intelligence that I would learn from myself. I do but on a very slow curve. With that said, I am an idiot.

Last night I was reading another runners blog. In it, she linked to 101 tips for runners. Being a novice getting ready for a marathon I thought I better read this. Many of its suggestions were to make sure to get adequate rest. As I was reading this it was 11 o'clock PM and I was tired. Did I listen to my body and go to bed? NOPE. I kept reading that link and then another and then another and then checked my Facebook. I ended up staying up after midnight. AND since it had been so long since I ate a decent meal I was then hungry and was going threw my cupboards to find something to tide me over. Here I am trying to not overeat, watch what I eat, and I go into an eating frenzy. On top of that, I KNOW I need adequate sleep for weight loss. But have I been getting enough sleep?? NO! Is there any logical reason?? NO! Tonight, I vow to be in my bed by 10:30 PM!

Having a horrible night sleep did not help my running today. Today is a quality running day that I was excited for. I decided to do Fartlek's (face paced intervals between 30 sec. to 4 min. with recovery time). I started with a mile warm up. I did it in 10:47. That should have clued me in that it was not going to be a good running day. My mind was tired. It made my legs tired. It made me dread the thought of 8 miles on my treadmill. My boys interrupted me several times. I made my own excuses to jump off the machine to do something. I finally finished but it wasn't 8 miles straight so I feel basically like I sucked again! I ran my speeds adding 30 seconds each time and recovered for 2 minutes in between. I am hoping if I get a good nights sleep I will be better tomorrow. On a positive note, my new shoes seem to be helped my legs a LOT! I still feel tender in my Achilles tendon, but the knees feel better. We'll see when I run on the street how the legs feel.

Tuesday- 1 mile warm up, 6 miles doing Fartlek speedwork, 1 mile cool down 73 min. total


Katy said...

It's funny, but we are so slow to learn that sleep is important!! It's the one thing we find we can cut back on during the day to fit back in, forgetting that we actually perform better (in every facet of our lives!) if we sleep.

Thanks for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

We all have those days when we don't listen to ourselves. Way to stick out the run. Today is a new day!

Black Kitten said...

Hey! Thanks for following my blog! First off, your weight loss stats are spectacular. Go you!! What an inspiration! Secondly... I ran in the NYC marathon a few years ago - if you have any questions about marathon running, just let me know!

Granted, at this point, I haven't run in forever so I'm starting from scratch again =P

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

YIPPEE a Washington Runner and Blogger :) You know I have no idea if there are hills for the 10K in Snoqualmie...I have been preparing for the worst incorporating serious hills into every run..

Thanks for the comment, I will be adding you to my reader.

All the best,