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My real life is a lot like THS (True Hollywood Story) except there's no fame, fortune, or drug addiction. Instead, I'm happily married, have two children, and a dog who's prone to barfing at 3 am. I love them all, but I also have to run away from them every day. I always run back, though.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Simple Conclusion

Last night, as I was getting ready for bed, and was contemplating giving my 8 another go, I came to a simple conclusion: My run had felt like I'd been sick but I hadn't felt any true symtoms of illness; still, it meant that I needed to look to the 3 things that I always have to go back and re-examine -- sleep, hydration, and nutrition. Poor quality of all 3 was probably the culprit in yesterday's crap run.

So, instead of pushing myself to make up the mileage today, I decided to treat myself as if I had been ill -- get a good night's sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and try to eat better. This morning, after nearly 11 hours of sleep (phew! must've really needed it!), I can already tell that I feel worlds better.

I may or may not put in some kind of run today, but I don't think I'll aim for the 8. Today, I'll rest up and start the week over tomorrow. Ultimately, I feel well-prepared for Miami in a week, so the failure to run the full 8 yesterday doesn't derail my confidence about the half. I'll aim for solid runs this week (may be difficult -- the in laws arrive in town on Tuesday and keeping up with runs with company in town can be tricky), but I also have to keep those 3 key things in front of me as I get ready for Miami. Thus, I think I'll refrain from the booze this week (again, did I mention my in laws will be here? -- not drinking with them, or because of them, may be tough), get a good night's sleep EVERY day of the week, remain hydrated, and keep an eye on my food.

As far as book purchases...I just bought one yesterday: "Water for Elephants" by Sarah Gruen. It was the Blogland Book Club selection this month and I have been eye-balling it for some months now. I read the first 50 pages last night, and I can tell already that it will be good.

15 comments:

Erin said...

Sounds like you have the right attitude and plan for this week. I wouldn't feel like running today anyways. It's crappy out. Rest up and hit is hard next week.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Good plan.

RazZDoodle said...

no booze AND trying to get your runs in? Lofty goals!

Thanks for the link to the book club.

Doug said...

Those 3 culprits will always bring you down if you don't give them the attention they beg for!

Running can be an excuse to sleep more. You're not complaining are you?

Taryn said...

Inlaws in town, no drinking, and a race to run?? Sounds like a full week to me.

I picked up Water For Elephants on a layover and haven't been able to get into it. Granted I've only tried the first 20 or so pages a couple of times... it's as good as they say?

chia said...

Best of luck this week! Thanks mucho for linking back to the book club, brilliant.

Neese said...

oh thanks for that bookclub link i had completely forgot about that...hope I won't be too far behind I just now placed my order for the book it'll be here wednesday.

way to stay in tune to your body, btw. you are doing great overall with your runs, keep it up!

Mary Gee said...

Rest is such an important thing - and we overlook it so often. I am glad you got 11 hours of sleep! You must feel like Wonder Woman!

AnthonyP said...

Great plan...you will bounce back.

scott keeps running said...

good decision on the rest. eleven hours, though?? wow. how can scooter stand you not being up that long?

J~mom said...

Sounds great! I got 8 hours myself last night...after going back to bed and I feel much better!

Who is SLB+? said...

Oh to have 11 hours, that's about two days worth around here!

Non-Runner Nancy said...

I always have to go back to those three things also. It's usually water or nutrition for me. Glad you have a great attitude and looks like things came around for you.

Anxious to hear about the book and also that movie.

Mendy said...

It does sound like a good plan. I missed my 8 this past weekend, but instead of busting my tail to make it up - it's just skipped.

Hope the book is good! Enjoy your book reviews!

Allison said...

I read Water For Elephants - good book!!