|August 22, 2014||Posted by Melinda under Uncategorized|
This morning I dragged myself out of bed and went running, the logic being if I could get up at 5am and feed horses before school all week, surely I was capable of dragging myself out of bed on a regular basis and run or ride.
The flaw in the logic is my poor decision making skills when my alarm goes off.
Creative math, finally honed prediction skills of exactly how many minutes it takes me to get out the door, truncated to do lists, and a love of sleep trumps all.
It’s not that I can’t get up early. I bounce out of bed willingly at 3am on a regular basis to work, go to a race. Because of my long commute there’s a lot of 5am mornings. No problem.
Don’t have to get up til 8am? 7a is impossible
Here’s the problem. I have a sneaking suspicion that there is a reason that all these ultra runners talk about running before the family gets up in the morning and after they go to bed. I have a feeling my “best” running times of noon and 4pm aren’t going to always be feasible.
Bottom line. I can see the writing in the sand…and it says that consistently ride and run the mileage I want in training, and have the least impact on time spent at home (spending a weekend at a ride or ultramarathon is more palatable if I’m not also gone every evening….) I have GOT to start incorporating some morning riding and running.
So with new found resolution I decided I would get up and ride or run this morning.
I chose running since it seemed the safer option considering I am getting married tomorrow and Farley might give me an awesome ride…or decide her contribution would be “something blue” in the form of bruises.
So, when my alarm went off at 5am this morning I did some creative math, decided a thirty min run was better than a sixty minute run and hit the snooze.
Afterall I’m only three weeks out from a fifty and according to my reading it takes 4-8 weeks to fully recover.
When my alarm went off at 5:10 I conviently forgot I needed to go to the grocery store before school to contribute to a potluck and didn’t know why I had an extra 20 min built into my morning and hit the snooze.
At 5:15 I felt much more awake but like the even number of 5:20 better than 15 and since the zen of having the right number in the morning is important, hit the snooze.
At 5:20 I swung out of bed, victory achieved since there was time to run, shower, and get to school on time (still forgetting about the grocery store).
Pretty darn proud of myself that I made it happen. Now let’s see if I can make a habit of it! As I look forward to the 100k and 100mi running distances, I really want to bump my mileage up a bit and run when I won’t be missed and I think that just might be the motivation I need. If morning time does become a reality, I’ll have to rethink the best way to coordinate running and pony time! Not sure how thrilled Farley is going to be with mornings…..she does not strike me as a morning person – lol.