Sunday, January 9, 2011

Long Run Saturday

It's been a pretty tough week for me. Work has been really busy (which I expect) and I've been trying hard to keep up with my workouts. I feel like I'm exerting myself in my bootcamp and my running that sleep should coume easily, but it's not. For 3 nights in a row I laid in bed staring at the ceiling, wanting sleep but it just wouldn't come. On Friday, I text one of my running buddies to insure she was going to be at the 6am Saturday run. She promised she'd be there and so I vowed to go - sleep or no sleep. I probably got about 5 hours of sleep that night and did not really want to make the run, but a promise is a promise. However, after I crawl my sleepy butt out of bed, my friend does not make it. Neither do the other 3 of my friends that are in the running club. I end up having to run alone since I had dropped down a pace group to run with my friends. I'm too fast for the group I'm in and the faster pace group left several minutes ago. I'm kind of stuck in between and I don't really want to slow down because I want the run to be over with. I managed to make it, but at about 9 miles my body wanted to shut down. It took all the energy I had to keep my form and put one foot in front of the other. I just kept telling myself it was good training if I ever don't sleep on race night.

12.6 miles down. I feel like I need to take revenge on this training run.

Look who finally leaned how to use the self timer on her camera! Even Lilly snuck in there. Check out the medal I'm wearing. The head coach of the running club was awarding everyone with "Winners" medals as they crossed the "finish line" today. I remember it being really cool when I trained for my first half, but this run I could have cared less. I just wanted to go home. So I did.

Don't worry. I think I took a 3 hour nap that afternoon. It was definately needed!


  1. yup ... been there ... sleeping poorly can wreck a week! good job getting out there.

  2. Wow, good job on getting out there and running even though your friends weren't there! You are very determined. Keep up the good work :)

    I hope your sleep becomes more regular. It helps me to drink a tea or warm milk and take a bath before I go to bed.

  3. I am in a running club but it's so small that I almost always end up running alone - we are not big enough to even have pace groups. I do so much better when I have someone to run with - wish we lived closer (I'm in College Station) - I'd love to run with you. Congrats on getting that long run in despite the obstacles!

    P.S. Your dog is so cute and reminds me of mine (a fox terrier mix) - and he always sneaks into my self-timer pictures, too!